Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker player on the globe by most of the top professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before his first birthday. His grandpa taught him one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to learn every little thing he possibly could about the game. Phil routinely told his grandparents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t let the adverse comments from other people destroy his goal of becoming one of the strongest poker competitors on the planet.
He started playing seriously after acquiring a false ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his abilities at the casinos of Atlantic City. The beginning few years for him were a learning period and coming away with a win wasn’t a common outcome at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP where he made 2 final tables and came away with his first 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.
He made a decision to take his game to the next level and headed out west to Vegas. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Ivey credits his achievements to discipline and a continuing passion for poker. He states that he is picking up skills every single day and is incredibly abashed about his achievements. Phil knows he makes errors in each session of poker and constantly strives to get better.
Even though Phil has won some large tournaments, he likes destroying cash games on a regular basis.