Phil Ivey has been branded as the best poker competitor on the globe by many of the top professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to Jersey before reaching the age of 1. His grandpa taught him penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was addicted to poker and wished to pickup every little thing he could about the game. Phil routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t allow the adverse feedback from others kill his dream of being one of the strongest poker competitors in the world.
He started playing intently after acquiring a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a learning opportunity and coming away with a win was not a regular outcome at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP where he made 2 final tables and won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the final table he defeated many of the better known pros 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 Vegas. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Phil credits his success to discipline and an undying passion for poker. He says that he’s picking up skills every single day and is incredibly humble about his achievements. Phil knows he makes errors in each session of poker and constantly aspires to improve.
Although Ivey has come first in some big-time tournaments, he likes winning money games on a normal basis.