Phil Ivey has been labeled as the best poker player in the world by most of the top-ranked professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to Jersey before his first birthday. His grandpa taught him one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to learn whatever he could about poker. Phil routinely told his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil didn’t let the negative feedback from other people destroy his ambition of becoming one of the best poker competitors in the world.

Phil began competing seriously after getting a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He honed his game at the casinos of Atlantic City. The beginning few years for him were a learning period and coming away with a win was not a regular outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made 2 final tables and won his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the last table he defeated a number of the well known pros including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his skills to the next level and headed out west to Sin City. He continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Phil credits his success to hard work and an eternal love for the game of poker. Phil says that he is learning every day and is very abashed about his accomplishments. He knows he makes errors in each game of poker and always aspires to get better.

Even though Ivey has won some large tournaments, he likes winning money games on a regular basis.

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