Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker contender on the planet by many of the top-ranked professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before reaching the age of one. His grandpa taught Phil one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was addicted to poker and wanted to learn everything he could about the game. Phil routinely would tell his elders that he was going to be a professional poker player. He didn’t let the detrimental feedback from others annihilate his dream of being one of the strongest poker players on the planet.
Phil began playing seriously after getting a false ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his game at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a teaching period and winning wasn’t a normal thing at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 WSOP when he achieved 2 final tables and won his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he destroyed quite a few of the well known pros including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Phil decided to take his skills to the successive level and headed out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Ivey credits his success to hard work and an immeasurable passion for the game of poker. He states that he is learning every single day and is quite humble about his achievements. He admits to making errors in each game of poker and constantly strives to get better.
Despite the fact that Phil has won some big tournaments, he likes winning money games on a regular basis.