Will IveyPoker Become America’s Team?

by , Nov 8, 2012 | 3:24 am

Was just checking the GPI … with particular interest in the standings for American Player of the Year … you know, Election Day.  Actually I was curious to see, among other things, what kind of impact a WSOP main event had on player rankings. (Greg Merson moved up.)

But what stood out to me were the poker teams … and the presence of newcomer IveyPoker.

#8 Daniel Negreanu Pokerstars 768.40
#9 Jason Mercier Pokerstars 766.72
#10 Bertrand Grospellier Pokerstars 752.53
#11 Joseph Cheong 748.61
#12 Jonathan Duhamel Pokerstars 741.24
#13 Michael Watson 720.35
#14 Mohsin Charania 718.52
#15 John Juanda 714.42
#16 Phil Ivey Ivey Poker 713.44

Long gone are the days of Full Tilt and PokerStars commandeering the WSOP main event final table. But will an online site bearing the name of the 11th best American this year be able to step in and successfully fill the Full Tilt void for US players?

So far #TeamIvey is batting 1.000, 1 for 1, when it comes to taking down 7-figure bracelets … and they have yet to even play the first real-money online hand! (Makes you wonder even more about that lawsuit against FTP … and tells you a little more about who’s taking what side.) Maybe I’m just a little slow to this newsbrief, but did we already know that Jen Harmon and Patrik Antonius were partnered up with Team IveyPoker?

#42 (+3) 1. Phil Ivey 1925.11
#70 (+14) 2. Gregory Merson 1739.90
#1334 (+10) 3. Patrik Antonius 445.13
#2108 (+11) 4. Jennifer Harman 319.28
Just how significant IveyPoker becomes remains to be seen. Winning bracelets, though, can’t hurt.
Have a look at GPI Standings by Team. It’s just an average, but that’s where Merson’s victory made the most notable difference … allowing IveyPoker to jump right to #1.

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