Phil Ivey's 'Ivey Poker' Closes Virtual Doors
Free-Play Portion Of Business Taking Hiatus, Firm Says
The Phil Ivey-branded online poker training platform and free-play site has closed down temporarily, the company said on social media this week.
Ivey Poker launched in January of this year, according to the company’s Facebook page.
Ivey, a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner, was frequently seen this year wearing the brand name. Here’s the statement posted to Ivey’s Twitter account:
Since we launched our game here at Ivey Poker we’ve learned quite a few things…first and foremost that a dedicated and loyal community is essential. So to our loyal players, we felt we needed to communicate to you about some of the changes you’ll be seeing over the coming months. We plan on suspending the current game this Saturday, October 25th. Though that may sound ominous – it’s actually just the first step in our evolution as we prepare to launch an even bigger and better gaming experience for you all in 2015. We do appreciate all you have done for us here at Ivey Poker; it has been a joy and a learning experience for all of us…and one that we hope will continue as we grow and evolve! Stay tuned for more – the best is yet to come!
The firm added: “Working on multiple product extensions and new categories for Ivey Poker expansion in 2015.” A new video was posted to the site on Tuesday, well after the announcement was made, so it appears new training content will continue being released in the meantime.
The announcement wasn’t met without some criticism on social media. Christian Harder, who once was a Ivey Poker-sponsored player, Tweeted:
Ivey Poker couldn't even stay open? Why? Its not like they were paying their pros.
— Christian Harder (@realcharder30) October 27, 2014
The hiatus for Ivey Poker comes just a handful of weeks after Ivey lost a court battle in London over more than $12 million in disputed casino winnings. Genting Crockfords London refused to pay Ivey the money because it said he cheated. A judge agreed.
Ivey is currently wrapped up in another legal battle, this one with the Borgata in Atlantic City. That casino is suing Ivey for $9.6 million, which it says Ivey won by “edge-sorting” against the house in 2012. Ivey’s legal team said he won the money because of “sheer skill.”
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