IveyPoker Closes, Andersen Gets Close, Hellmuth at World Series

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Danielle Andersen Finishes Third at RunItUp Reno

Danielle Andersen finished third behind winner Steve Brecher and runner-up Steve Foutty.

Danielle Andersen finished third behind winner Steve Brecher and runner-up Steve Foutty.

Even though Jason Somerville has parted ways with Ultimate Poker he’s still working to take his RunItUp brand to new heights. Over the weekend Somerville hosted the RunItUp Reno event at the Peppermill Casino In Reno and one of his good friends, Danielle Andersen, put on quite a performance in the $1,100 buy-in event, eventually finishing third for $22,000.

Steve Brecher won the event, earning $46,427.

Phil Ivey Closes the Doors at IveyPoker

In 2013 Phil Ivey launched IveyPoker, a Facebook poker product, with much fanfare. The site was going to compete with other Facebook poker games such as Zynga. Now, less than 18 months after its official launch, Ivey has decided to close the doors and shut down operations. He made the announcement via his official Twitter account on Saturday:

“We’ve come a long way…

Since we launched our game here at Ivey Poker we’ve learned quite a few things…first and foremost is that a dedicated and loyal community is essential. So to our players, we felt we needed to communicate to you about some changes you’ll be seeing over the coming months.

We plan on suspending the current game this Saturday, October 25th. Though that may sound ominous — it’s actually just the first step in our evolution as we prepare to launch an even bigger and better gaming experience for you all in 2015. We do appreciate all you have done for us here at Ivey Poker; it has been a joy and a learning experience for all of us…and one that we hope will continue as we grow and evolve!

Stay tuned for more — the best is yet to come!”

Rumors began circulating that changes were coming a few weeks ago when multiple IveyPoker pros were told the site would be shutting down. Ivey has a marketing agreement with the Pala tribe in California that plans on offering real money online poker once that state passes legislation.

Phil Hellmuth Sat Front Row for World Series Game

Sure, everybody gives Phil Hellmuth grief for constantly dropping names in interviews, conversations and tweets, but it sure seems to pay off. Saturday night Hellmuth was at Game 4 of the 2014 World Series where he was seated directly behind home plate alongside his good friend Chamath Palihapitiya. A number of eagle-eyed poker fans spotted the 13-time WSOP bracelet winner.




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Lance Bradley

Editor in Chief at BLUFF.com
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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