Phil Ivey has been branded as the number one poker contender on the globe by most of the top-ranked professionals. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to New Jersey before his first birthday. His grandfather taught Phil penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to discover anything he could about the game. He routinely told his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not let the adverse comments from other people kill his ambition of being one of the greatest poker competitors in the world.
Phil began competing intently after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his techniques at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first few years for him were a learning opportunity and coming away with a win was not a common outcome at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he achieved 2 final tables and won his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he defeated a number of the well known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
He made a decision to take his game to the next level and headed out west to Sin City. He continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his achievements to hard work and a continuing passion for the game of poker. Phil states that he is picking up skills every day and is incredibly abashed about his success. Phil admits to making mistakes every single session of poker and always strives to improve.
Despite the fact that Ivey has come first in some big tournaments, he favors destroying money games on a normal basis.