No-Limit Hold’em Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

by Gaige on November 1st, 2015

Phil Ivey has been referred to as the greatest poker competitor in the world by many of the top-ranked professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before his first birthday. His papa taught him one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was addicted to poker and wished to discover anything he could about the game. Phil routinely told his grandparents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not let the adverse feedback from others annihilate his dream of becoming one of the greatest poker competitors in the world.

Phil began competing intently after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his skills at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The initial few years for Phil were a learning period and winning wasn’t a regular thing at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP when he made 2 final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final 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 decided to take his skills to the next level and headed out west to Las Vegas. He continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his achievements to dedication and an immeasurable love for poker. He states that he is learning every day and is quite humble about his accomplishments. He admits to making blunders in each game of poker and constantly strives to improve.

Although Phil has come first in some big tournaments, he likes winning cash games on a regular basis.

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