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Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker competitor on the globe by most of the top-ranked pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to Jersey before his first birthday. His grandpa taught Phil penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was addicted to poker and wanted to pickup whatever he could about the game. Phil would tell his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not permit the detrimental comments from others kill his ambition of being one of the best poker players on the planet.

He started playing seriously after getting a false ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his skills at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The initial few years for him were a learning period and coming away with a win wasn’t a regular outcome at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP when he achieved two final tables and won his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the last table he defeated a number of the well known professionals which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his skills to the successive level and headed out west to Sin City. He continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Ivey credits his success to discipline and an immeasurable love for poker. He says that he is learning every day and is incredibly abashed about his success. Phil admits to making blunders every single session of poker and always strives to get better.

Although Ivey has won some big-time tournaments, he favors destroying cash games on a normal basis.