Sports & Games

Deepstack Play

Phil Ivey

Lesson time 15:59 min

Deepstacked poker is still anyone's game. Phil teaches you how to make the most of your suited connectors and pocket pairs, and analyzes two hands where implied odds determined the outcome.

Phil Ivey
Teaches Poker Strategy
Phil Ivey opens up for the first time about his poker strategy and teaches you how to make smarter moves at the table.
Get All-Access


[MUSIC PLAYING] PHIL IVEY (VOICEOVER): The size of your stack plays a huge role in how you should play your hand. Short stack poker has pretty much been solved. The hands basically play themselves. ANNOUNCER 1: It's a virtual all in. He's left himself with one chip. Aw, boy. PHIL IVEY (VOICEOVER): But deep stack poker is still anyone's game. It's much more complicated, and much more challenging. If you're able to hone your skills playing with a deeper stack, you'll have a huge advantage over anyone you face at a table. ANNOUNCER 1: Well, he has a lot of chips. That's all we know, Paul. - The difference between a small pocket pair is when you're normal deep versus super deep is that, you know, it's much easier to go broke. You have justification for putting all your chips in. Versus if you're deep, you know, you're less likely to race on a flop or on a turn, say. Say the flop comes 10, 7, deuce, and turn comes a Jack. I mean, you're not going to just raise that hand on a turn, because, you know, you have a threat of 8, 9. You have a threat of three 10s, three Jacks, and three 7s. But if you're, say, 60, 70 blinds deep, you might raise because a guy could have a Jack, 10, or 10s and 7s, or a hand where he can't get away from it. So it would be a mistake not raising. So the hand just plays so much differently when you're deep, versus when you're, say, 60 or 70 blinds deep. I mean, the hand plays itself. When you're super deep, there's a lot more that comes into it. Just cause you have-- if you flop a set, it doesn't give you the right to go broke, if you have 1,000 big blinds deep. You know? So I mean, just-- you know what I mean? The flop can come 10, 7, deuce. And you're going to say, oh, I got three deuces. I'm just going to just put all my money in there. I mean, no. You can't do that if you're playing super deep. That's why the decisions are so much easier when you're 50 to 100 blinds deep. Because if you go broke before the set, it's okay. But if you're 1,000 big blinds deep, you just can't be in there going broke with that hand. It's not like the other guy can't flop a bigger set than you also. So you need to be a little bit careful with that way of thinking. Because, you know, that could end up hurting you. Here's a hand that I played against Antonio and Jennifer Tilly. It's a very interesting hand, because I flopped an open and straight draw, and a flush draw. I end up making a very, very tough lay down on a turn, because I put them on an exact hand. ANNOUNCER 1: Oh. ANNOUNCER 2: Wow. ANNOUNCER 1: Oh my gosh. ANNOUNCER 2: 7, 8, 10. Two spades on the flop. And that hits everyone. not straight for Antonio. Top pair for Tilly. And straight and flush draws for Phil Ivey. ANNOUNCER 1: I don't know what's going to happen here. But it's going to be interesting. And Tilly leads out with her top pair. She could have elected to check. But-- ANNOUNCER 2: She fires $30,000 ...

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.

Great strategy and cool tips to make a beginner like me have a little more confidence. Interesting to hear about the psychology of the game.

some great insights into the mind of the legend teacher & then some great refresher. Loved it

Ivy's Advised helps me to be a better poker player and his advise is valuable which i will take it seriously. Thanks Master Class and Ivy for your advise.

Great workbook and study guide for a beginner. Advanced also. Great compliment to Daniel Negreanu's Master Class; no real overlap and concise.


A fellow student

That ace jack versus ace queen hand is one where you are absolutely winning a lot.


Doesn’t make sense. If I catch my card but I would not get called anyway I fold? Doesn’t that mean I lose what’s in the pot?

Mike S.

Would Antonio have considered you had a heart draw rather than a spade draw? If so, can’t you bluff often enough to be profitable when a heart comes?

Bearded M.

On the Antonio hand, the other thing he can have is Ax with the ace of spades, which doesn’t get paid off at the end obviously, but would be getting bluffed off the best hand. But when you’re Phil Ivey...


Hey guys! Make sure you join Phil's Community to discuss lessons, connect with other poker players and exchange tips: