Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker player in the world by most of the top-ranked professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching the age of 1. His grandpa taught Phil one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was addicted to poker and wished to learn whatever he could about the game. He routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not allow the adverse feedback from others destroy his dream of becoming one of the greatest poker players in the world.

He began playing seriously after acquiring a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his skills at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for Phil were a teaching period and winning wasn’t a common thing at the time. Phil became known at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made two final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the closing table he defeated quite a few of the better known professionals 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 participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Phil credits his success to hard work and a continuing love for poker. He states that he is learning every single day and is quite humble about his success. Phil admits to making mistakes in each game of poker and always strives to get better.

Although Ivey has won some big-time tournaments, he likes winning cash games on a normal basis.

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