Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker player on the planet by quite a few of the top pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to New Jersey before his first birthday. His grandpa showed him to penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to pickup anything he possibly could about poker. Phil would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil didn’t permit the detrimental feedback from others annihilate his dream of becoming one of the strongest poker competitors in the world.
He began playing seriously after getting a false ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his techniques at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The initial number of years for Phil were a teaching opportunity and coming away with a win was not a common outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he made 2 final tables and came away with his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the closing table he destroyed a number of the better known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
He decided 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 in the world. Phil credits his achievements to discipline and an undying love for the game of poker. Phil says that he’s learning every day and is incredibly humble about his accomplishments. Phil admits to making errors every single session of poker and constantly strives to improve.
Despite the fact that Phil has won some large tournaments, he favors winning cash games on a normal basis.