Ivey League is not just the top poker coaching portal, but also one that has given rise to a heated debate. Although Phil Ivey, one of the world’s best poker players, set up a poker coaching site and partnered with the best poker coaches on earth, many poker players are wondering whether the site is damaging poker or really doing it any good.
The Ivey Poker app on Facebook marked the beginning of Phil Ivey’s poker coaching project, indicating that Ivey was interested only in recreational poker players. The aim of Ivey Poker was to give recreational poker players from all over the globe a chance to play with the world’s best professional poker players without risking their money. However, the app got only 13,000 likes and does not have more than a dozen active poker players.
Hardly discouraged by the lack of popularity of his app, Ivey signed up a number of poker pros such as Greg Merson, Patrik Antonius, Cole South, Toby Lewis, Jen Harman, and James Dempsey and announced that the Ivey League will be launched soon. He acquired LeggoPoker, a poker coaching site with an excellent reputation, as a result of which he got more coaches and made sure that Ivey League would have plenty of high quality content at launch time.
Recently, in an interview with Bluff Magazine, Ivey commented that he wants “poker to be as tough as it can be.” This has given rise to mixed feelings, considering the fact that many poker players do not want poker to get more competitive or tougher than it already is.
The very concept of Ivey League created a heated debate on Two Plus Two. While some say that the coaching site will not make that much of a difference for poker regulars, some argued that it will make life difficult for those who are trying to make a living from playing poker. Ivey League will definitely get many new players interested in the game, and the instructional videos could give rise to a number of tough professional poker players who would make a difference in the poker economy.
It is very difficult to say if Ivey League is good or bad for poker; it could be both. Ivey League could make poker a tougher game, and that would be bad for many existing players. Simultaneously, everybody is complaining that the game needs fresh players and Ivey League is definitely popularizing poker.