The yet-to-be-launched IveyPoker.com yesterday revealed it had signed up seven more poker pros to represent its product around the world. The announcement was first made on Phil Ivey's Twitter feed, which read:
New members of the #IveyPoker team: @JBrikis @driverseati @GillEpp @MattGiannetti @johneamespoker David Peters and Balazs Botond #teamiveyFollow @philivey
The seven players will serve as pros and instructors at IveyPoker.com, which is in the final stages of developing an "innovative social poker game." According to John Eames, the site will officially launch on Jan. 14, 2013.
Here's a closer look at the new additions:
Josh Brikis — The Pittsburgh native earned his spot on the team with three WSOP final tables and close to $1.5 million in live tournament winnings. His latest achievement was placing sixth at a WSOP Circuit event at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City for $4,464.
Jonathan Tamayo — One of Tamayo's earliest poker achievements was making Supernova Elite status on PokerStars in 2009. Since then, Tamayo has crushed both live and online play by cashing for more than $1.5 million in live tournaments around the globe.
Gillian Epp — The Canadian is a successful high-stakes no-limit cash-game player who contributes to various poker publications around the world and is a Bet24 pro.
Matt Giannetti — Giannetti earned his biggest score at the 2011 WSOP Main Event where he finished fourth for just over $3 million. Despite spending most of his time at the cash-game tables, Giannetti has more $4 million in tournament cashes live and online.
John Eames — The British poker pro has made final tables at the WSOP and EPT. Eames has three career tournament titles and more than $1.1 million in winnings.
Excited to announce that I will be representing http://t.co/0ooRwlTZ as part of their pro team! First up, win #eptpragueFollow @johneamespoker
David Peters — While he's quiet at the tables, Peters has a loud and aggressive playing style that has helped him collect more than 200 cashes on the live tournament circuit. Peters has more than $3.5 million in live tournament winnings, plus another $2.9 million online.
Balazs Botond — The Hungarian pro has three deep EPT runs and more than $500,000 in live tournament earnings. His biggest score on the EPT came this year in Campione, where he placed fourth for $208,256.
For more on the Team Ivey, visit IveyPoker.com.
From what we understand, IveyPoker.com will be launching as a play money site but it will then offer real-money poker. The site has developed its own software and with Ivey's backing cold become huge. Watch this space.