Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker competitor on the globe by most of the top professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before his first birthday. His grandfather introduced him to penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to learn everything he possibly could about the game. He routinely told his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t allow the detrimental feedback from others destroy his ambition of being one of the strongest poker competitors on the planet.

He started playing intently after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his techniques at the casinos of Atlantic City. The initial few years for him were a learning period and coming away with a win wasn’t a normal thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he achieved 2 final tables and won his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the last table he destroyed a number of the well known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil made a decision to take his game to the next level and moved out west to Sin City. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his success to dedication and an undying passion for the game of poker. Phil says that he’s picking up skills every single day and is very abashed about his accomplishments. He knows he makes blunders every single game of poker and always strives to get better.

Although Ivey has come first in some large tournaments, he prefers destroying money games on a normal basis.

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