NL Hold’em Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

by Gaige on February 7th, 2019

Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker player in the world by many of the top professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to New Jersey before reaching the age of 1. His grandfather introduced him to penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to discover every little thing he possibly could about poker. He routinely told his grandparents that he was going to be a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the detrimental comments from others destroy his ambition of becoming one of the strongest poker players on the planet.

He started competing intently after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his skills at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The initial few years for him were a teaching opportunity and coming away with a win wasn’t a normal thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made two final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the final table he defeated many of the well known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil made a decision to take his skills to the successive level and moved out west to Las Vegas. He continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Ivey credits his success to hard work and an immeasurable passion for the game of poker. He states that he is picking up skills every day and is incredibly humble about his accomplishments. He knows he makes errors every single game of poker and always aspires to improve.

Although Ivey has won some large tournaments, he prefers destroying cash games on a normal basis.

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