British pro James Dempsey is the latest high-profile poker player to reveal they are joining Team Ivey when the yet-to-bet-launched IveyPoker.com site launches.
The poker community discovered IveyPoker.com in the height of the Full Tilt Poker saga, but many questioned the site’s authenticity. In the months since the domain name became public knowledge, the landing page of IveyPoker.com has changed several times and now sports an image of Phil Ivey sitting down being a “Coming Soon” banner.
Text on the site reads:
“IveyPoker.com is in the final stages of developing an innovative social poker game that also provides poker training content from some of the world’s top pros.”
Along with Ivey, the top pros to have pledged allegiance thus far are Patrik Antonius, Jennifer Harman, Cole South, 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson and now Dempsey.
Dempsey, known affectionately as “Flushy” in online poker circles, was already a feared cash game and tournament player by the time he had his first major live tournament score. At the 201 WSOP, Dempsey won the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event ($197,470) and then days later finished second to Sammy Farha in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Low 9-or better Championship for a huge score of $301,789.
Over the next 18-months, Dempsey would go on to cash around a dozen times, but it was at the end of 2011 that he hit the big time again. After finishing third in a $5,000 buy-in Side Event at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas ($56,782), Dempsey went on to win the $10,000 buy-in Main Event to get his hands on his first World Poker Tour title and a career-best prize of $821,612.
More recently, Dempsey won the inaugural iSeriesLIVE in Dublin during April 2012 for a €100,000 addition to his bankroll. This result pushed Dempsey’s lifetime live tournament winnings past the $1,910,000 barrier.
Dempsey made the announcement on his Twitter account where he said:
I feel very honoured to be able to announce I am the latest addition to Ivey Poker's pro roster! #TeamIveyFollow @FoieGrasAddict
UK & Ireland PokerNews would like to congratulate Dempsey an wish him well in his IveyPoker.com endeavours.