Phil Ivey Named Player of the Year - Wednesday 18th of January 2006

ATLANTA, Georgia – Bluff Magazine America's leading poker magazine, announced today that Phil Ivey is the 2005Bluff Magazine Poker Player of the Year.

Ivey is considered by pros and fans alike as one of the best professionalpoker players in the world. His unparalleled success at the tables in 2005 hasearned him the title of Bluff Magazine's Player of the Year. Hisaccomplishments include: over $3.4 million in tournament earnings; 7 finaltables; a World Series of Poker bracelet in $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha; a top 25finish in the WSOP Main Event and a win at the 2005 Monte Carlo Millions.Despite all his achievements, Ivey still considers himself a regular guy andcan be seen at the Bellagio in Las Vegas playing in some of the biggest cashgames in the world.

"I'm honored to win the Bluff Magazine Player of the Year award and to berecognized by such a great media outlet as Bluff Magazine," said Ivey.

"Phil Ivey has emerged as one of the best players of this generation. Hisfocused play and success at the table have earned him Bluff's Player of theYear," said Eddy Kleid, Co-President of Bluff Magazine.

Bluff Magazine's Player of the Year is based on the accumulation of pointsin Bluff/ESPN Power Ranking for poker players.

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