NL Hold’em Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

by Gaige on August 18th, 2020

Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker player on the planet by many of the top-ranked pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before reaching the age of one. His grandpa introduced him to one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was addicted to poker and wished to discover anything he could about the game. He routinely would tell his parents that he was going to be a professional poker player. He didn’t permit the detrimental comments from others kill his ambition of becoming one of the best poker competitors in the world.

He started playing seriously after acquiring a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the casinos of Atlantic City. The initial few years for him were a learning opportunity and coming away with a win wasn’t a regular thing at the time. Phil became known at the 2000 WSOP where he made 2 final tables and came away with his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the closing table he defeated many of the well known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil decided to take his skills to the successive level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Phil credits his success to dedication and a continuing love for the game of poker. He states that he is picking up skills every day and is incredibly abashed about his achievements. Phil admits to making mistakes in each game of poker and constantly strives to get better.

Despite the fact that Ivey has come first in some big tournaments, he likes destroying money games on a regular basis.

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