Ivey League to Fold on May 1stApril 14, 2017 10:06 am
The poker training website Ivey League is the brainchild of 10-times WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey, who at the time of its launch in 2014 stated that he wanted “to teach the world to win at poker”. Three years later, however, and the site is set to call it quits, with the IveyLeague Twitter feed posting the following message on April 12th:
“As of May 1st we will no longer be posting new video content. The video library will remain online as we process prorated refunds. We would like to thank everyone who was a part of Ivey League and wish everyone the best with their poker journey’s going forward.”
It’s fair to say that despite producing videos from some of the most talented players in the game, such as Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Cole South and Andrew Lichtenberger, the training website’s popularity ultimately ground to a halt, with Phil Ivey putting the site’s demise down to the “current state of online poker”.
The ensuing declining interest in Ivey League is not only highlighted by the fact none of the players mentioned above have released any new content over the past six months, but also by no comments having been posted on its twitter feed after the surprising announcement was made.
Picking up on Phil Ivey’s point about the state of online poker, the industry has certainly suffered since Black-Friday due to strict regulations being imposed on some of the major markets around the world, as well as certain countries introducing complete bans on the game, with a recent example provided by Australia.
In the meantime, the site’s talisman, Phil Ivey, has also had his fair share of problems to contend with over the past few years, which would also have taken some of the sheen of the Ivey League. In addition to two high-profile edge sorting lawsuits, the 41 year-old Hall of Famer has shied away from both the live and online poker scene in recent times, with his last visit to PokerStars back in July 2015.