Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker player on the planet by quite a few of the top-ranked professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before reaching turning one. His grandfather taught him one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was addicted to poker and wanted to discover whatever he could about poker. Phil routinely would tell his grandparents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t let the adverse feedback from other people annihilate his ambition of being one of the strongest poker players in the world.
He began competing seriously after getting a false ID by the name of Jerome. He honed his techniques at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a learning period and winning was not a regular outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made 2 final tables and won his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the last table he defeated quite a few of the better known pros including but not limited to "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 Sin City. Phil 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 an eternal passion for the game of poker. Phil states that he’s picking up skills every day and is very abashed about his achievements. He knows he makes blunders in each session of poker and always aspires to improve.
Even though Phil has come first in some big-time tournaments, he favors winning money games on a normal basis.