Phil Ivey has been branded as the number one poker player in the world by quite a few of the top professionals. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before reaching the age of 1. His grandfather taught him penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was hooked on poker and wanted to learn anything he possibly could about the game. Phil routinely told his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil didn’t allow the detrimental feedback from other people annihilate his ambition of being one of the best poker competitors on the planet.
He began playing seriously after getting a false ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his techniques at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The initial number of years for Phil were a teaching period and coming away with a win wasn’t a common thing at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 WSOP where he achieved 2 final tables and won his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the closing table he defeated a number 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 game to the successive level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his success to discipline and a continuing love for poker. He states that he is learning every day and is incredibly abashed about his success. Phil knows he makes mistakes every single game of poker and always aspires to get better.
Despite the fact that Ivey has come first in some big-time tournaments, he likes destroying money games on a normal basis.