NL Texas Holdem Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

by Gaige on April 10th, 2023

Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker player in the world by many of the top-ranked pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before his first birthday. His papa taught him penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was hooked on poker and wanted to learn whatever he could about the game. Phil would tell his parents that he was going to be a professional poker player. He didn’t permit the adverse feedback from other people annihilate his dream of being one of the strongest poker competitors on the planet.

Phil began competing seriously after getting a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He sharpened his abilities at the casinos in Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for him were a learning opportunity and winning wasn’t a common thing at the time. He became known at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he made two final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the last table he defeated many of the well known pros including but not limited to "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 Sin City. He continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Ivey credits his achievements to discipline and an undying love for the game of poker. Phil says that he’s picking up skills every day and is incredibly abashed about his accomplishments. He admits to making errors in each game of poker and always strives to get better.

Even though Ivey has won some big-time tournaments, he prefers destroying cash games on a normal basis.

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