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

by Gaige on March 14th, 2018

Phil Ivey has been branded as the best poker competitor in the world by many of the top-ranked pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to New Jersey before reaching turning 1. His grandpa introduced him to one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to discover whatever he could about the game. Phil routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t allow the detrimental comments from other people kill his dream of being one of the strongest poker competitors in the world.

Phil started competing seriously after getting a false ID by the name of Jerome. He honed his skills at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first number of years for Phil were a teaching period and winning was not a regular outcome at the time. Phil became known at the 2000 WSOP when he made 2 final tables and won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the closing table he defeated a number of the well known pros including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his skills to the successive level and moved out west to Sin City. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Phil credits his success to discipline and an eternal love for poker. He states that he is learning every day and is quite humble about his achievements. He admits to making blunders in each game of poker and constantly strives to get better.

Even though Ivey has won some large tournaments, he prefers winning cash games on a regular basis.

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