Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker contender on the planet by most of the top professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before his first birthday. His papa showed him to one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to pickup whatever he could about poker. He routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t permit the detrimental comments from others annihilate his ambition of being one of the strongest poker players on the planet.
Phil started competing intently after getting a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his abilities at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The first number of years for Phil were a learning experience and coming away with a win wasn’t a common outcome at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP where he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the last table he defeated many of the better known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Phil made a decision to take his skills to the next level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Phil credits his achievements to discipline and an immeasurable passion for the game of poker. Phil says that he’s learning every day and is incredibly abashed about his success. He admits to making blunders every single session of poker and constantly strives to improve.
Despite the fact that Ivey has won some large tournaments, he favors winning cash games on a regular basis.