Phil Ivey has been referred to as the greatest poker player on the globe by most of the top pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before his first birthday. His grandpa taught him penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to learn every little thing he possibly could about poker. He routinely would tell his parents that he was going to be a professional poker player. He did not allow the negative feedback from others destroy his dream of becoming one of the strongest poker players on the planet.
Phil started playing intently after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his abilities at the casinos of Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for Phil were a learning opportunity and winning wasn’t a normal outcome at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP when he made 2 final tables and won his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the final table he defeated many of the better known pros which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
He made a decision to take his game to the next level and moved out west to Sin City. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Ivey credits his success to discipline and a continuing love for the game of poker. Phil says that he is picking up skills every day and is very abashed about his accomplishments. He admits to making errors every single session of poker and constantly aspires to improve.
Despite the fact that Phil has won some big-time tournaments, he favors winning money games on a regular basis.