Ivey Poker has appointed Â a new CEO in Dan Fleyshman, according to a recent press release. Despite Phil Ivey still having overall control of the social gaming poker site, Fleyshman will now lead the site into 2015.
Fleyshman has a number of high-profile friends in the poker world, including Antonio Esfandiari and Dan Bilzerian. However, following the demise of his last venture, Victory Poker, he claimed that he was done with the industry for good. In fact, in a blog post written after he closed Victory Poker’s doors, Fleyshman confessed that he was “emotionally done with continuing a poker site after Black Friday.”
However, it seems that his latest business move will take him right back into the fray and, possibly, into the jaws of the US online poker industry. Last month, Ivey Poker’s social gaming platform was shut down, but according to a message on the site, the closure is only temporary.
Now, it seems that with Fleyshman at the helm, the site will have an altogether different vibe when it re-launches.
“The closure is the first step in our evolution as we prepare to launch an even bigger and better gaming experience for you all in 2015,” read a statement on the Ivey Poker’s forum.
What the temporary closure means for players is unclear, but following the appointment of Fleyshman, some members of the industry are speculating that Ivey Poker could now become a real-money platform.
On top of Ivey Poker’s appointment of Fleyshman as CEO, rumors are also swirling that Ivey’s training site, Ivey League, will be closing for improvements in the coming weeks. Although this news hasn’t been confirmed, Fleyshman did send out a tweet earlier in the week that suggested Ivey’s online poker brand could be in for some exciting developments in the coming months.
“Expect to see a dozen product extensions from Phil Ivey and a major rollout by the all-star team we’ve put together for Ivey League 2015.”
About Dan Fleyshman
According to his website, Dan Fleyshman was the youngest-ever founder of a publicly traded company.
After making a name for himself in the retail sector with his energy drink company, Who’s Your Daddy, Fleyshman went on to launch Victory Poker in 2010. Originally open for US poker players, but severely affected by Black Friday, the site boasted a number of high-profile pros, including Andrew Robl, Antonio Esfandiari and Dan Bilzerian, with the latter acting as co-founder.