Posts Tagged ‘world’s best poker player’

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.

Tatjana Pasalic re-signs with Bodog Poker

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

If you’re looking for somebody to be the face of your poker site – both figuratively and physically – there’s nobody better than Tatjana Pasalic. After all, Pasalic is one of the most beautiful women in the poker industry, and she’s also one of the most skilled reporters too. Following the re-signing, the 27-year-old tweeted about the deal with the following:

Very proud and happy to announce that I have renewed my @Bodog and @calvinayre.com contract. Bring on the party and more poker videos!

Now only did Pasalic tweet about renewing the contract with Bodog Poker, but she also made a statement by saying, “The WSOP is around the corner and I can confirm I will definitely be on that plane. I love working with Bodog and they seem to like me..here’s to another great year.”

Many players and fans enjoy her insightful interviews, and the Croatian babe’s accent certainly adds something to the equation as well. Of course, nobody’s going to accuse Pasalic of being the world’s best poker player – she has $5,937 in live poker tournament cashes. However, not every signing is purely based on tournament performance, and Pasalic is a great Bodog re-signing for a number of reasons, with the biggest being that she fits their Recreational Player Model.

As you many know, Bodog has dedicated themselves to recruiting recreational players. And if they’re trying to get amateur players to their site, having a pretty face like Tatjana Pasalic will definitely go a long ways towards making this happen.

If you’re wondering about Pasalic’s specific credentials, she has done reporting work for Party Poker, the WPT, and the TV show “Face The Game.” In addition to this, many people credit her with starting a poker boom in her native country of Croatia. She’s also done some modeling work, as you can see below: