Ivo Donev a.k.a. TheChessmaster

  • $2 000 000+ Winnings from Live Tournaments

  • WSOP Bracelet Holder

  • Ranked 4th in $50 000 WSOP Event

  • 20+ Years of Poker Background

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Hello, poker enthusiasts!

My name is Ivo Donev. I graduated in 1987 from National Sports Academy “Vasil Levski” in Sofia, Bulgaria as a chess coach. With more than 30 years of experience with the game of chess, I managed to use my skills and apply them successfully in poker. I am former professional chess player with the prestigious rank of International Master.

When it comes to poker, I usually play on the mid-to-high stakes limits and mostly live tournaments for 20+ years now. With more than $2 000 000 total winnings from live tournaments, I am ranked second in the Austria All Time Money List , as well as a holder of a bracelet from WSOP 2000  $1 500 + 70 Limit Omaha Event. I’ve played in some of the most famous live tournaments worldwide and ranked 4th place at the most famous WSOP event for 2017 – The Poker Players’ Championship with a buy-in of $50 000.  During the tournament, I managed to bust the notorious poker player and media star Daniel Negreanu. I’ve faced many other world-class opponents throughout my poker career and played against players such as Phil Ivey, Phil Helmuth and many more.

My expertise covers everything related to poker, but mostly hands analysis, extensive coverage of the NL Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha format of the game, and live tournament analysis. I am great mental coach and I can teach you how to handle the psychological part of the game, which is extremely important in live gaming. I can also provide my coaching services in German.