Phil Ivey has been referred to as the number one poker competitor on the globe by most of the top pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching the age of one. His grandpa taught him one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was hooked on poker and wished to pickup whatever he possibly could about the game. Phil would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil didn’t let the adverse comments from others annihilate his ambition of being one of the greatest poker players in the world.
He started playing seriously after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his skills at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The initial number of years for Phil were a learning opportunity and winning was not a common thing at the time. Phil became known at the 2000 WSOP when he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he defeated a number of the better known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Phil made a decision to take his skills to the successive level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Phil credits his achievements to discipline and an undying passion for the game of poker. Phil says that he is learning every single day and is very humble about his accomplishments. He knows he makes errors in each game of poker and constantly aspires to improve.
Despite the fact that Phil has won some large tournaments, he favors winning money games on a regular basis.