Phil Ivey has been referred to 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 Jersey before reaching the age of one. His grandfather taught him one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to discover every little thing he possibly could about the game. He routinely would tell his elders that he was going to be a professional poker player. Phil did not let the adverse comments from others destroy his ambition of becoming one of the best poker competitors on the planet.

He started playing seriously after acquiring a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his abilities at the casinos in Atlantic City. The initial number of years for him were a learning experience and winning was not a normal thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 WSOP where he achieved 2 final tables and won his first WSOP bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the closing table he destroyed a number of the better known professionals including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his game to the next level and moved out west to Vegas. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Phil credits his success to dedication and a continuing love for the game of poker. Phil states that he is learning every day and is incredibly humble about his achievements. Phil knows he makes errors every single session of poker and always aspires to improve.

Even though Ivey has come first in some large tournaments, he likes winning cash games on a normal basis.

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