Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker contender on the planet by most of the top professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before his first birthday. His papa introduced him to one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to pickup anything he could about poker. He routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the negative comments from others destroy his ambition of being one of the greatest poker players on the planet.

Phil started competing seriously after acquiring a false ID by the name of Jerome. He sharpened his game at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The first number of years for him were a teaching experience and winning wasn’t a regular thing at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he achieved two final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the closing table he defeated quite a few of the better known professionals which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil decided to take his skills to the next level and moved out west to Vegas. He continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Ivey credits his achievements to dedication and an eternal passion for the game of poker. Phil says that he is picking up skills every single day and is very abashed about his achievements. He admits to making errors every single session of poker and always aspires to improve.

Although Ivey has won some big-time tournaments, he prefers destroying cash games on a normal basis.