NL Hold’em Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

by Gaige on January 5th, 2016

Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker competitor in the world by quite a few of the top-ranked professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to Jersey before reaching turning 1. His grandfather taught him penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to learn whatever he could about the game. He would tell his grandparents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not allow the adverse feedback from others annihilate his dream of being one of the greatest poker players on the planet.

He began playing seriously after getting a false ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his abilities at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The initial few years for him were a learning period and coming away with a win wasn’t a normal outcome at the time. Phil became known at the 2000 WSOP when he made 2 final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the closing table he destroyed many of the better known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his game to the next level and moved out west to Sin City. He continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Phil credits his achievements to dedication and an eternal love for poker. Phil states that he is picking up skills every day and is quite abashed about his success. He knows he makes errors in each game of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

Even though Phil has won some large tournaments, he favors destroying cash games on a regular basis.

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