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

by Gaige on February 7th, 2016

Phil Ivey has been referred to as the greatest poker player in the world by quite a few of the top professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before reaching turning 1. His papa introduced him to penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to learn anything he could about the game. Phil would tell his parents that he was planning on being a professional poker player. He didn’t let the negative comments from other people destroy his ambition of being one of the greatest poker competitors in the world.

Phil started playing intently after acquiring a false ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his abilities at the casinos of Atlantic City. The beginning few years for him were a learning experience and winning wasn’t a regular outcome at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP when he achieved 2 final tables and won his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he destroyed a number of the better known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He decided to take his game to the next level and headed out west to Las Vegas. He continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Ivey credits his success to dedication and an immeasurable love for the game of poker. He says that he’s picking up skills every day and is incredibly abashed about his achievements. He knows he makes blunders every single session of poker and always aspires to get better.

Although Phil has won some big-time tournaments, he likes destroying cash games on a regular basis.

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