Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker contender on the globe by many of the top pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before reaching the age of one. His grandfather taught him penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to discover everything he possibly could about the game. He routinely would tell his parents that he was going to be a professional poker player. Phil did not let the adverse feedback from others destroy his goal of being one of the strongest poker players in the world.

He started playing intently after acquiring a false ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his abilities at the casinos in Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for Phil were a teaching experience and coming away with a win wasn’t a regular thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he made two final tables and came away with his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the closing table he defeated quite a few of the better known professionals including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He decided to take his skills to the successive level and moved out west to Sin City. He continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Ivey credits his achievements to hard work and a continuing love for the game of poker. Phil states that he’s picking up skills every day and is incredibly humble about his success. Phil admits to making errors every single game of poker and constantly strives to improve.

Despite the fact that Ivey has come first in some big tournaments, he favors destroying cash games on a normal basis.

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