Phil Ivey buys LeggoPoker, plans launch of Ivey league; EPT London returns in March;

iveypoker-buys-leggopoker-epl-london-set-for-march-in-postPhil Ivey‘s quest for poker dominance has spilled out of the felt and into cyberspace. Months after announcing the creation of his new free-to-play social poker offering called IveyPoker, which was then followed by a binge signing spree of poker pros that will make up his TeamIvey stable, the man deemed as the Tiger Woods of Poker announced the acquisition of LeggoPoker, a community-based website that focuses on teaching poker strategy through the not-so ingenious medium of instructional videos.

So that’s what he’s been planning all along. Apparently, IveyPoker’s acquisition of LeggoPoker allows the former to set up a new product called “Ivey League” – clever pun there –  a subscription-based poker teaching site that will contain training videos and content the team of poker pros Ivey signed to be part of, well, Team Ivey.

“In my opinion, LeggoPoker is one of the best teaching site on the market,” Ivey said in a press release announcing the acquisition without a hint of hyperbole in his words. “They are a great match with IveyPoker and together we will offer a top-notch educational poker destination in Ivey League.”

And here we thought Phil Ivey was launching a mariachi band with Team Ivey…

European Poker Tour announces action-packed EPT London event

The European Poker Tour (EPT) is gearing up for what promises to be an action-packed version of EPT Season 9’s London poker festival this year and for the first time ever, the EPT is merging with the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) to host a poker festival unlike any other.

Set to take place from March 5-16, EPT London is expected to feature as many as 37 events spread out over the 11 days from the 5th to the 16th. It’s also worth noting that the event marks the return of the European Poker Tour to the bustling UK metropolis after last holding an event there in September 2011. With the EPT coming back in one of the world’s biggest poker hotspots, there’s no denying that organizers are preparing for what they expect to be a raucous gathering of some of the best poker players in the world. As an homage to its roots, the EPT will hold its Main Event and the UKIPT Main Event at the world famous The Grosvenor Victoria Casino, home of one of London’s most beloved poker rooms.

As far as the events that are on tap, the £770 UKIPT Grand Final Main Event is expected to kick things off. As soon as it concludes, the EPT will then take center stage with its own £5,250 Main Event. In addition to these two main events, the 11-day poker festival will also play host to a wide variety of side events, highlighted by a £2,150 High Roller, a £330 Spring Fling Turbo with a guaranteed prize pool of £25,000, a £10,300 EPT High Roller,  a the £550 PokerStars Women event, and last but not least, nightly Turbos starting from £110.

Back in 2011, EPT London attracted well over 2,000 poker players from all over the world. This year, the merge of the EPT and the UKIPT should make that number seem like a conservative estimate.