Phil Ivey has been labeled as the best poker contender on the planet by many of the top-ranked professionals. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to Jersey before his first birthday. His grandfather taught Phil one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was addicted to poker and wanted to pickup whatever he could about poker. Phil routinely told his grandparents that he was planning on being a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the detrimental comments from other people destroy his goal of being one of the greatest poker competitors on the planet.

He started competing seriously after acquiring a false ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his skills at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The beginning few years for Phil were a teaching experience and winning wasn’t a regular outcome at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the last table he destroyed many of the well known pros which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil made a decision to take his game to the next level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Ivey credits his success to dedication and an immeasurable passion for poker. Phil states that he’s picking up skills every single day and is incredibly humble about his achievements. Phil admits to making errors every single game of poker and always strives to get better.

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

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