Phil Ivey has been branded as the best poker contender on the planet by most of the top-ranked professionals. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before reaching turning one. His grandpa showed him to one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to learn everything he could about the game. Phil routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil didn’t let the adverse comments from others annihilate his dream of being one of the strongest poker competitors in the world.
He began playing seriously after acquiring a false ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his abilities at the casinos of Atlantic City. The initial few years for Phil were a learning opportunity and winning wasn’t a regular outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he achieved 2 final tables and won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the last table he defeated a number of the well known pros which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Phil decided to take his skills to the next level and headed 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 success to discipline and an undying passion for the game of poker. He says that he’s picking up skills every single day and is very humble about his accomplishments. He admits to making mistakes every single game of poker and always strives to get better.
Although Phil has won some large tournaments, he favors destroying cash games on a normal basis.