From Phil Ivey's MasterClass


Phil shares the pitfalls of early success and talks about how he’s grown in his 25 years of playing the game.

Topics include: Closing


Phil shares the pitfalls of early success and talks about how he’s grown in his 25 years of playing the game.

Topics include: Closing

Phil Ivey

Teaches Poker Strategy

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[MUSIC PLAYING] - When I won big money in my 20s, to be honest, I really wasn't ready for it. I wasn't prepared for success that young, and I made a lot of bad decisions. You know, I became-- you know, once I started-- I got on TV, and people started to know I was, I started, you know, I started making tons of bad decisions, some of which I don't really want to, you know, go into too much. But I made a lot of bad decisions. And, you know, it's just because I've really-- I didn't really have no one to talk to. I didn't really have anyone in my family who was really too successful, you know, to tell me what to do with money, what not to do with money, how to take care of things. You know, so I was spending money, like, on ridiculous things that now I realize don't matter. You know, I was buying $500,000 cars, you know, spending money on watches, you know, things that I thought made me happy at the time that do absolutely nothing for me now. I wasn't the best person, you know, with my family. I really wasn't engaged. I was really sort of, not to speak harshly of myself, but I was you know very selfish. And a part of becoming a great poker player is you need to be selfish in some ways, and in your game, and practicing. And you have to put that first. But I was so embodied with poker that I-- that's all I thought about, and that's all I really cared about. And, you know, I put my relationships second. But the people who are there for you from day one and the people that really care for you and love you-- you need to really appreciate that and appreciate every moment you have with them because, you know, that's what really matters at the end of the day. If I have kids years from now, and they're watching this class, I would like them to see my growth as a person, and as a poker player, and the things I've learned, the lessons I learned in life, and how I've taken what I've learned at the poker table and applied it to my life and vise versa and become a better person and a better poker player at the same time, and that life is always about improving, just like it is in poker. You constantly need to be working on yourself at the table and working on yourself as a person. I'm 41. I'm playing poker seriously since I was 17 years old. So you're talking about 24 years of my life's work. This is something that I put my heart and my soul into. And, you know, I'm very proud and blessed to be in the situation that I'm in. And, you know, I'm thankful. I want to thank you for spending time with me in the MasterClass. I'm really grateful for having this opportunity to discuss poker and my-- my thoughts and my different strategies on poker. And I really hope that it serves you well, and you're able to take some of these strategies to the table. Now go get them. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Inside the mind of a champion

At age 38, Phil Ivey became the youngest player to win 10 World Series of Poker bracelets. Now the man known for his enigmatic table presence—and widely regarded as the world’s best all-around poker player—gives you unprecedented access to his mental game. Learn poker strategy, pick up new poker tips, and review hands with the player who’s won more than $26 million in live tournament earnings.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Well first game I played after watching this I doubled my money. Not much to say. This class is awesome and done by a great guy

Thank you for sharing so much. I just play poker with friends for fun and learned lot of things .

Be aware of your surroundings and play the player.

I learned to be more aware of other players' tendencies.


Chad O.

Not a big fan of this lesson. Thought it was very thin and nothing we couldn't get online. Some of his hand readings were interesting, but that's about it. I love Phil Ivey and was really looking forward to this, but it has nothing on Negreanu's class.

Mike M.

i found the overall program to be fantastic. Daniel's was also very informative. I'd like to see a master class dedicated to poker tournaments

A fellow student

PI laced exploitable advice into this course. This course has nothing on Negreanu's; the best advice he gave was to "feel" a situation, which is a little bit easier with 10,000 hours PLUS of card-playing. You just can't teach feel, because it's a wisdom-based advantage, not intellect-based.


Really enjoyed this course and plan to watch it over and over till I absorb it fully. Phil is so different to how I imagined him to be; he is so humble about his success, and open about his mistakes. It was a real privilege to take this course, thank you Phil !

William R.

Phil has a great attitude about poker and life. When I started this course, I wanted to see how playing poker and living life were related. He has great character. He shows humbleness and meekness in the game and life, but it doesn't mean he wont strike like a cobra when the opportunity arises.

Edward C.

It's a privilege to hear this man speak, specifically because how few times the poker world has had access to his thoughts. His words have encouraged me to pay more attention at the tables.

A fellow student

Thoroughly enjoyed this course and the way he thinks. thanks for the course phil

A fellow student

Excellent corse. I’ve been playing since I was 15 years old and now I’m 27 years old. I enjoy learning from Pros and especially from one of my favorite poker players. This course was so real and talks the truth about poker, you just need to implement this to you game and always to try to play your best A game.

Dan Z.

This is an amazing lesson and a good compliment to Daniel's course. I feel like Daniel's course focused a lot on the fundamentals of poker but Phil's lessons went way beyond the numbers.

B. R.

I think what really stood out was the fact that this was Phil Ivey! This was the first true glimpse of how he thinks and approaches the game. I like how he broke down concepts in a simple and easy to understand way. I went to a casino and entered a tournament to practice what I learned here. Phil was right, I left my comfort zone and played differently than I normally did. I trusted reads more, 3-bet more when I felt the person was weak and even shoved when I felt they were making moves. That and a nice run of cards allowed me to build up a monster stack. When the TD broke up our table he held a table assignment slip and gave it to me, and said he was putting me at the Twitch internet table with two other pros because he was impressed with my play. I said ok, but inside I was terrified. When I said down, someone said, "Whoa! they sent the chip leader." The fact that I was with two known pros and it was being broadcast, to say I was uncomfortable would be and understatement. It took me awhile but I finaly loosened up and began playing like before. After 3-betting one of the pros again, he got tired of me doing it and four-bet me. I smiled and said, "I'm all in" He cursed, and hemmed and hawed and said, I can't let you keep 3-betting me. I call. I had A/Jo and he had A/8o. I knew he would do this and he tried to explain to everyone why he called me. Nevertheless he rivered an 8. He told me I played the hand well but I was crippled and gone short time later. I was happy with my play, and Phil was right. You just have to play your game and not be concerned or intimidated by anyone else. This masterclass was excellent and perfect for someone like me. Thanks Phil!