Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker player in the world by most of the top pros. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before reaching turning 1. His grandpa taught him one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to discover every little thing he could about poker. Phil would tell his grandparents that he was going to be a professional poker player. He did not allow the adverse feedback from others kill his goal of becoming one of the greatest poker competitors in the world.

He started competing seriously after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the casinos of Atlantic City. The initial number of years for him were a teaching period and winning wasn’t a normal thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 WSOP where he made 2 final tables and won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he defeated quite a few of the well known pros which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He decided to take his game to the next level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Ivey credits his achievements to hard work and an eternal passion for the game of poker. He states that he is learning every single day and is incredibly humble about his achievements. Phil knows he makes blunders every single session of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

Even though Phil has won some big tournaments, he prefers winning money games on a regular basis.