Ivey League, the poker training website founded by Phil Ivey, announced mere hours ago that it will no longer be uploading video training content as from May 1. The “current state of online poker” was pointed as the reason for the decision, although no further explanation was given as to what the current state of online poker meant.
Existing video content on Ivey League will remain accessible as yearly subscribers are refunded. Everyone who has paid for a monthly subscription will be able to cancel it anytime, as written on the poker training website.
Ivey League was launched in early 2014 with poker pro/entrepreneur Phil Ivey being the mastermind behind it. News spread in 2013 that Ivey had purchased poker website Leggo Poker aiming to turn it into a training site.
Numerous training videos have been uploaded on Ivey League for the past three years, with those containing the nuts and bolts of poker as well as information on how one could improve their playing style and composure while at a poker table. Content has covered different poker games, including widespread variants like No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha as well as mixed games formats.
Coaches from the world of poker have instructed newbies and more experienced players hungry for self-improvement. Aside from Ivey himself, poker professionals like Patrik Antonius, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Mike Leah were also among the many coaches to have uploaded training content on the Ivey League website.
The Current State of Online Poker?
It must be admitted that the “current state of online poker” is a rather curious wording. To be more precise, we are rather curious what that particular line implies.
Online poker exploded back in 2003 when Georgia accountant Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP $10,000 Main Event after qualifying for the world’s most important No-Limit Hold’em event through an $86 satellite tournament played on PokerStars. Moneymakers was the first player to ever achieve that and his accomplishment unlocked unprecedented interest in online poker.
However, it can be said that now, 14 years later, the game has not undergone any utterly fundamental changes. It is not that it has lost its charm completely – the online poker community is a tight one, sharing huge love for the game – but other forms of gambling are generally much more popular nowadays.
That said, online poker probably needs that new big thing that will replicate or even surpass the blooming effect Moneymaker’s big triumph produced.
Regulation and over-regulation in particular can also be listed as a reason for the game’s state. There are jurisdictions around the world where too strict regulations have been hurting poker’s popularity and thus, hitting its profitability. And as reported recently, there have been countries (Australia) that have made it practically impossible for local players to play in a regulated environment.