A few items of note over the last few days...
1. Phil Ivey Launches New DFS Site
Timing is everything. Phil Ivey is a little late to the DFS party considering it's closer and closer to getting shut down on American Soil as more states are outlawing daily fantasy sports.
On the day after the state of Texas declared that DFS was considered illegal gambling, Phil Ivey's savvy media team announced that they were launching a new Ivey-branded daily fantasy sports site.
Ivey has teamed up with the iTEAM network to launch a site next month.
"Over the past few years I've been looking for more ways to share with fans my perspective on Daily Fantasy Sports. I was honored to have multiple options but iTEAM Network's focus on compliance and the core technology, along with the leadership of (CEO) Gabe Hunterton, ultimately made it a pretty easy decision."
2. AEJones Binks $5 Million DFS Tournament
Aaron “AEJones” Jones is a renown online grinder most known for his amazing training site (which he actually sold to Phil Ivey's people). Well, after Black Friday, Jones became one of the countless American online exiles. He set up shop north of the border in Canada. That's when he started to focus more seriously on daily fantasy sports.
Jones successfully made the transition from online poker to daily fantasy sports, so much so, he phased out of the online poker game for full-time DFS. Jones recently took down a $5 million score in DraftKings $15 million Football Championship.
3. Pregnant at the Aussie Millions
Every hear the story about the baby born at a poker table?
Okay, so maybe the baby was born in an actual hospital but a funny thing happened down under at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. During their annual blowout the Aussie Millions, a pregnant woman by the name of Katrina Sheary went into labor during the middle of a poker tournament. It was Day 1 of Event #1 and Katrina tapped her husband Peter to fill her place.
Aussie Millions TOC state that in extreme (medical) emergencies, a replacement player can sub in…and this was deemed one of those rare exceptions. The husband? Finished in 25th place. The mother and newborn son are recovering wonderfully. If you name this kid Phil, there's a great chance he'll be a very good poker player.