2016
01.01

Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker competitor on the globe by many of the top-ranked pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before reaching the age of one. His papa introduced him to penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to discover whatever he possibly could about poker. He routinely would tell his parents that he was planning on being a professional poker player. Phil didn’t let the negative comments from other people destroy his goal of becoming one of the best poker competitors on the planet.

Phil began competing seriously after acquiring a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his game at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The beginning few years for him were a teaching experience and coming away with a win wasn’t a normal outcome at the time. Phil became known at the 2000 WSOP where he made two final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the closing table he defeated many of the better known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his skills to the next level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Phil credits his success to discipline and a continuing love for poker. Phil states that he is picking up skills every single day and is very humble about his accomplishments. He admits to making mistakes in each session of poker and always aspires to improve.

Although Phil has come first in some big-time tournaments, he prefers destroying money games on a normal basis.