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Phil Ivey is Now Terrible at Online Poker

Friday, December 4th, 2015

phil-ivey-wsopUp until about a year ago, Phil Ivey was commonly referred to as the world’s best poker player. However, he’s being called this a lot less now after how badly he’s played in online poker. In fact, he’s down a fortune over the past four years.

According to data from HighStakesDB, which tracks online high-roller results, Ivey has lost over $8.8 million. Here’s a look at the numbers:

2012 – 5,676 hands (Full Tilt), -$252,300
2013 – 76,301 hands (Full Tilt), -$2,441,770
2014 – 102,365 hands (Full Tilt), -$2,372,300
2015 – 126,026 hands (PokerStars), -$2,481,300
2015 – 32,737 hands (Full Tilt), -$1,250,800

phil-ivey-2014-wsop-main-eventYou certainly can’t say that Ivey hasn’t had enough chances to right the ship because he’s played over 343,000 hands. Of course, one might give him a break since he is playing against some of the top grinders in the world. But then again, this is Ivey we’re talking about who’s held to a different standard than your average poker player.

There’s good reason for this too because the 39-year-old was once the world’s biggest online poker winner. Before Full Tilt closed in 2011 (Black Friday), Ivey was up well over $16 million. So even if the current losses are accurate, he’d still be a pretty big winner overall. We can only see assume that he’s also a huge winner in live poker games too.

Regardless of how Ivey is doing in poker these days, he’s involved in several business ventures. Specifically, he owns IveyLeague.com and also runs a sports/entertainment promotions company called All In Entertainment. So we can be sure that he’s still living the good life no matter how badly things may be going in online poker at the moment.

Phil Ivey in Another Chrysler 300 Commercial – Also wins $500k in Online Poker

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

phil-ivey-pokerThings are really going Phil Ivey’s way these days since he was recently featured in his own Chrysler 300 commercial, and he won $500k in online poker.

Beginning with the first story, some may already be aware that Ivey has done a Chrysler 300 commercial, as part of their “Kings and Queens of America” series. However, that one featured plenty of other self-made entrepreneurs too. This time around, Ivey was all by himself in a commercial, which is pretty amazing when you consider that poker players don’t normally carry much mainstream fame.

The message here is: “There’s nothing wrong with being flashy…so long as you’ve done the work to back it up.” Kind of funny because the 10-time WSOP champion isn’t overly flashy, nor do I consider driving a Chrysler 300 to be flashy (maybe just slightly yuppish). But again, it’s cool that Ivey is the centerpiece of this commercial.

And do you want to know what else is cool? How about the fact that Ivey’s online poker graph is finally going up once again. He won nearly $500k this week, through a combination of Full Tilt ($280k) and PokerStars ($201k). With this week, Ivey, known as “RaiseOnce” on PokerStars and “Polarizing” at Full Tilt, moved himself out of the position of this year’s biggest online poker loser. That distinction now belongs to Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, which you can see below:

2015 Biggest Online Poker Losers
Viktor “Isildur1” Blom – $1,494,604
Phil “Polarizing” Ivey – $1,330,470
“Sanlker” – $726,621
Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond – $470,721
“BigNittyBanker” – $459,090

As these losses indicate, Ivey has not played exceptionally well in online poker lately. In fact, he’s down over $6.3 million on his Polarizing name at Full Tilt. The good news, though, is that he’d made $19.4 million in pre-Black Friday (April 2011) profits, and he has more than enough outside businesses going that he won’t ever have to worry about money again. High stakes poker is truly just a game to him, and one that he’s finally winning at again.