Phil Ivey has been branded as the number one poker player on the globe by most of the top-ranked professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and moved to New Jersey before his first birthday. His grandpa taught Phil penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to pickup everything he could about poker. He routinely told his elders that he was planning on being a professional poker player. Phil didn’t allow the detrimental feedback from others destroy his goal of being one of the strongest poker players on the planet.

He began competing intently after getting a false ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a teaching period and coming away with a win was not a normal thing at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 WSOP when he achieved two final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the last table he defeated a number of the better known pros which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil made a decision to take his game to the successive level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Phil credits his achievements to dedication and an eternal passion for the game of poker. Phil says that he’s picking up skills every single day and is quite humble about his achievements. Phil admits to making blunders every single game of poker and constantly strives to improve.

Despite the fact that Phil has won some large tournaments, he prefers winning cash games on a normal basis.

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