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Phil Ivey has been branded as the best poker competitor in the world by many of the top pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before reaching turning one. His grandfather taught him penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was hooked on poker and wanted to discover whatever he could about the game. Phil routinely would tell his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not let the negative comments from others kill his ambition of becoming one of the best poker players in the world.

He started playing seriously after getting a false ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his game at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The initial number of years for Phil were a teaching period and coming away with a win wasn’t a regular thing at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he made 2 final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he defeated quite a few of the better known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his game to the successive level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Ivey credits his achievements to hard work and a continuing love for poker. He says that he’s picking up skills every day and is incredibly humble about his success. Phil knows he makes errors every single session of poker and constantly strives to get better.

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