Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker contender in the world by many of the top-ranked pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before reaching turning one. His papa taught him penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to pickup anything he could about the game. He routinely told his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the detrimental feedback from other people destroy his goal of being one of the best poker competitors in the world.

He started playing intently after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his techniques at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a learning opportunity and coming away with a win was not a regular thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made 2 final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the closing table he defeated many of the well known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his game to the next level and moved out west to Sin City. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his achievements to hard work and a continuing passion for poker. Phil states that he’s picking up skills every single day and is incredibly humble about his success. Phil admits to making blunders every single session of poker and constantly strives to get better.

Despite the fact that Phil has won some large tournaments, he prefers destroying money games on a normal basis.