Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker contender in the world by most of the top-ranked professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before reaching the age of one. His grandpa taught Phil penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to discover whatever he could about the game. Phil would tell his grandparents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t permit the negative feedback from other people kill his ambition of becoming one of the best poker competitors in the world.

He started playing seriously after getting a false ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his game at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first number of years for Phil were a teaching experience and coming away with a win wasn’t a normal outcome at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made two final tables and won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the closing table he defeated quite a few of the better known pros including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil decided to take his skills to the next level and headed out west to Vegas. He continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Phil credits his success to dedication and an undying passion for the game of poker. He states that he is learning every single day and is incredibly humble about his accomplishments. He admits to making mistakes every single session of poker and constantly aspires to get better.

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

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