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Phil Ivey has been referred to as the greatest poker contender in the world by many of the top professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to Jersey before reaching turning 1. His papa taught him one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to learn anything he possibly could about poker. He would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil didn’t let the detrimental feedback from other people destroy his goal of becoming one of the strongest poker players in the world.

He started playing seriously after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his abilities at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a teaching opportunity and winning was not a regular outcome at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he achieved two final tables and won his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the final table he defeated a number of the well known professionals including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil made a decision to take his game to the successive level and moved out west to Vegas. He continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Ivey credits his achievements to discipline and a continuing passion for poker. He states that he’s picking up skills every single day and is very humble about his success. Phil admits to making mistakes every single session of poker and always strives to improve.

Despite the fact that Ivey has come first in some big-time tournaments, he favors destroying cash games on a normal basis.