Professional poker players usually hold their cards to close to their chest and Phil Ivey is probably the right at the top of the list when it comes to keeping things closed. Arguably the great poker player of this generation, Ivey has never been one to open up and share himself with the media.
If you asked most poker pros on the circuit to describe Phil Ivey they would generally use words such as quiet, soft spoken, not very social and always mysterious. At the poker table, Ivey says very little but prefers to stare down his competition, while maintaining one of the best poker faces in the industry.
However, all that is about to change as CBS’s James Brown recently announced that he will be interviewing Phil Ivey in a “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime. This interview will like no other as Ivey is all set to open up and discuss topics that have usually been off-limits before. Ivey will be open to answering personal questions, take viewers into his daily routine, discuss the legal issues that he is currently facing and even personally show James Brown how to play poker.
Brown admits that he has never played poker in his life and is very excited to learn from one of the best in the world. However, Brown’s real job will be to get Ivey to open up and share information that most of the poker community would love to hear. One of the sensitive issues would be the court case between Phil Ivey and the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
Phil Ivey won millions in 2012 from the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa but the casino has filed a case against him saying he cheated by using a technique called “edge sorting” and hence his winnings were not legal. The Borgata want Ivey to pay them back but Ivey has countered the suit by filing a motion in July stating that what the Borgata terms as cheating and “edge sorting” is actually an elite skill-set of a professional gambler.
These professional gambling techniques and poker tips from Ivey will be of particular interest to the poker community, as they will want to learn and absorb as much as they can from one of the biggest names on the poker circuit. Phil Ivey is a 10 time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and his interview will be aired in the United States on the 7th of October at 10 pm EST.