While February turned out to be a quiet month for live poker fans, the coming months will see several live poker events. In the coming months, several live poker events are in the pipeline such as European Poker Tour (EPT), Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT), Russian Poker Series (RPS), France Poker Series (FPS) etc. All the above poker events are sponsored by the world’s largest poker room PokerStars.

Just a week after the latest EPT Madrid €5,300 buy-in main event completes at the Casino Gran Madrid this week, the 11th stop of the tour in Campione gets underway. This will make its debut as a part of the 8th season with another €5,000+€300 buy-in main event, that has 800 player capacity.

The main event will run from March 26-31 at Casino di Campione which is just beside the Swiss border. The qualifiers will start at only €4.44 and are already being held at PokerStars. One can qualify for the closing of the two events of the 8th season of the EPT- in Berlin and Monaco for the Grand Final by participating in satellites which are also running at PokerStars. For more details just visit poker room, go to “Events” section and look for “All” to check out the full schedule.


At present, the Aussie Millions 2012 is in full swing with $ 10000 Main Event pulling in 153 poker players on Day 1A, 187 poker pros on Day 1B and 317 poker players on Day 1C for a blended field of 657 players.

With a entire prize kitty of Australia $ 6.57 million and an calculated $ 1.314 million moving to the ultimate winner, the prestigious championship has drew some of the biggest poker pros. Main Event Day 3 checked two such popular names encounter as Phil Ivey, ‘The Tiger Woods of Poker’ faced-off against Shane Warne, the Australian spinner turned poker professional.

The 42 year-old Warne endorses 888 Poker to present them at poker championships across the world including the Aussie Millions as he had a contract with them. In this year’s championship, Ivey (85k) and Shane Warne (85300) involved in one of the most prominent deals on the day after Ivey was handled 8h-6h to Shane’s pocket

rockets. With 3 players in hand, the fizzle of Ah-Qh-Jh saw Phil head out for 5k, only to have Moussa arouse to 10500 with Shane calling at the back. After that, Ivey departed into the tank for a minute before re-arousing to 30000, and enforcing George out of the hand, but with Shane driving over the top spot for his continuing stack. With no support from the river or turn, Warne afterwards discovered himself cut down to only 300 chips and was doomed the very next hand. He later tweeted: “My aces got cracked by Phil ivy’s 8 6 of hearts Flop was A,K,J of hearts – both all in.. Bang – horror I should have folded Sorry”

“Shattered – played great all day – 15 mins to go after 13 hours to get my A’s cracked Goodnight & thanks again for your support x.” added Warne in another tweet.


After over six months of disappearing from the poker world, Phil Ivey was finally seen playing poker again! After the Black Friday of the online poker world in April, Ivey responded by suing the company which managed the Full Tilt Poker site and by saying that he will not be participating in the WSOP competition. He dropped the lawsuit later in the year, but has avoided the WSOP altogether. He basically disappeared completely from the poker world.

It seems that Ivey is back though, as he finally made an appearance in APPT Macau. He showed up towards the end of the second level of the tournament and, as he sat down at the main table, you could feel the eyes of everyone in the room turning towards him and a huge buzz coming from them. He didn’t talk much about the events of this year, but he played instead and he managed to go on to the second day with 51,200 in chips, after getting up to 95,000 earlier in the day.

He was one of the 304 players which returned to the table at APPT Macau for the second day. While he did get quite a bit of attention, with everyone being curious about him, Ivey didn’t have one of his good days. At his peak he had 70,000 chips, but he slowly lost these throughout the day and eventually bowed out at this level.

For his last hand, Ivey re-raised Darren Judges and he went all in with his 18,700 chips. The blinds folded, but Judges made the call with an A♦ J♣ against Ivey’s K♣ 9♥. With the board showing 6♦6♣5♦10♦8♦, Ivey was eliminated from the competition.

While we didn’t get to see him go very far in the competition, it’s still nice that the man whom many regard as being the best poker player in the world has returned to the game.

Phil Ivey

Phil Dennis Ivey, better known as Phil Ivey Junior is an American professional poker player who was born on 1st of February, 1976 at Las Vegas, Nevada. He is known for having eight World Series of Poker bracelets and is nicknamed Tiger Woods of Poker due to his steady and brilliant performance. He is known to be one of the best all rounder poker players by a number of poker observers and critics.

Phil Ivey started playing poker for the first time with his office colleagues at the New Jersey Telemarketing located at New Brunswick. Phil Ivey shot to fame when he accomplished three bracelets in the 2002 World Series of Poker Championship. He tied with Phil Hellmuth and Puggy Pearson for becoming the player with the maximum wins in a single year. Besides his achievement of winning eight bracelets he is also known to have been placed in the top 25 four times out of the 8 World Series of Poker tournaments held between 2002 and 2009. His best of them was when he was placed 7th at the 2009 World Series of Poker Championship.

In the same year 2009, Phil Ivey also received a bracelet for the two thousand five hundred dollars no limit 2 7 Draw Low ball event at the World Series of Poker. He won the heads up against John Monette after a long and tiresome match between the two. Besides that he was also known to have beat Amarillo Slim at the final table of the World Series of Poker. He was voted as the Tournament of Champions in the year 2010.

Phil Ivey currently has a total of over 13 million winnings from various different games held at the World Series of Poker and various other tournaments. Out of the total earnings about 5 million dollars come directly from the World Series of Poker. Besides the World Series of Poker, Phil Ivey has also made it to the final table of the World Poker Tour for nine times. Out of these times there have been many occasions where he has lost with the same cards at hand which are an Ace and Queen. This goes on to show his ill luck at the World Poker Tour. Besides these, Phil Ivey has also featured at Poker after Dark and has won the 120,000 dollars winner take it all event known as Earphones Please tournament.