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Phil Ivey has been branded as the greatest poker player in the world by many of the top pros. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching turning 1. His grandpa taught him one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was addicted to poker and wished to learn every little thing he could about poker. Phil would tell his elders that he was going to be a professional poker player. He did not let the negative feedback from other people destroy his dream of being one of the strongest poker competitors on the planet.

He began competing intently after getting a false ID by the name of Jerome. He sharpened his game at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first number of years for Phil were a teaching period and winning wasn’t a regular thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made 2 final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the closing table he defeated many of the well known professionals which includes "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. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Ivey credits his achievements to discipline and an eternal passion for poker. Phil says that he’s learning every single day and is incredibly abashed about his success. He knows he makes blunders in each game of poker and always strives to improve.

Despite the fact that Ivey has won some big-time tournaments, he likes winning cash games on a normal basis.