Phil Ivey has been referred to as the number one poker player in the world by quite a few of the top professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and moved to New Jersey before reaching turning one. His papa showed him to one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to discover whatever he possibly could about poker. He routinely would tell his grandparents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t let the negative comments from other people destroy his goal of being one of the strongest poker players on the planet.
He started playing seriously after acquiring a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He sharpened his techniques at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for Phil were a learning period and winning wasn’t a common outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 WSOP where he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the closing table he destroyed many of the better known pros including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
He made a decision to take his skills to the successive level and headed out west to Vegas. He continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Ivey credits his achievements to hard work and an undying love for poker. Phil states that he’s learning every single day and is incredibly abashed about his success. Phil admits to making errors every single session of poker and constantly aspires to get better.
Although Ivey has come first in some big-time tournaments, he likes destroying money games on a normal basis.