Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker contender on the globe by many of the top-ranked pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before his first birthday. His grandfather taught Phil penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to discover whatever he possibly could about the game. Phil would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not allow the negative feedback from others destroy his ambition of becoming one of the strongest poker competitors in the world.

Phil started playing seriously after acquiring a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his skills at the casinos in Atlantic City. The initial number of years for Phil were a teaching period 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 World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he defeated a number of the well known pros including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil made a decision to take his skills to the successive level and headed out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Ivey credits his success to discipline and an immeasurable passion for poker. Phil states that he’s learning every single day and is incredibly abashed about his success. He knows he makes blunders in each game of poker and always strives to get better.

Although Ivey has come first in some big-time tournaments, he prefers destroying cash games on a regular basis.

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