Phil Ivey’s Masterclass - A Review

4 weeks ago
29 Apr

Phil Ivey is the most iconic poker player of the modern era. He learned his trade in the 1990s, playing against many of his fellow greats, but when the poker boom kicked off following Chris Moneymaker’s famous victory, Ivey stepped it up a gear and was hands down the greatest player of the era.

NL, PLO, or mixed games it didn’t matter, he was the man. Tournaments or cash games? That didn’t matter either. Phil Ivey is a beast in every format of the game he chooses to play.

A total of 10 World Series of Poker bracelets and $35,212,028 in live tournament earnings says it all, with millions more from online play to top it off.

So, imagine how excited poker fans were when the news came out that Ivey was to produce a masterclass. Every facet of the game was to be covered in detail, allowing players with skill levels from complete beginner to professional to make improvements to their own game.

Powerful Information

This course is full of powerful information that can be implemented into your game straight away, allowing you to reach your potential quickly.

There are a total of 11 chapters, breaking the game down into easily digestible parts that allows the student to move freely around the course, revisiting the concepts that are most needed for improvement.

It’s all in there. Master pre-flop and post-flop play to extract maximum value from your opponents. Learn how to think in terms of ranges rather than individual hands. Bluff effectively, and then get to grips with probably the most important chapter in today’s tough game: the mental game.


  • Lesson 1: Phil’s Journey
  • Lesson 2: Preflop and Blind Defense
  • Lesson 3: Betting Tactics
  • Lesson 4: Bluffing
  • Lesson 5: Postflop Part 1
  • Lesson 6: Postflop Part 2
  • Lesson 7: Deepstack Play
  • Lesson 8: The Mental Game
  • Lesson 9: Table Image and Tells
  • Lesson 10: Strategies for Success
  • Lesson 11: Closing

The course runs for a total of three and a half hours long. Plenty of time to learn about why Phil Ivey is one of the greatest ever to play the game.

It is a perfect opportunity to improve your skills without getting bogged down in some of the math-heavy detail required for the higher levels of poker. All of the key aspects of poker are in this rare glimpse into how Ivey thinks about the game.

The production quality and course materials are top-notch as we have come to expect from the Masterclass team. A student workbook contains exercises showing the most efficient way to absorb and internalise the course material, making the learning process as smooth as can be. Highly recommended.

It must be said that those players already competing at a high level might find the lack of GTO solver work a slight put off, but it is impossible to create a range of material that suits everyone. What Masterclass has put together is the best solution to suit the widest range of playing strengths.

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Mark from Stamford in the UK is a professional cash game player, and part time journalist. A massive chess fan and perpetual traveller.He also produces strategy content for our sister wesbite more


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