Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker contender on the planet by quite a few of the top pros. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to Jersey before reaching turning 1. His grandpa taught him one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to discover every little thing he possibly could about poker. Phil routinely would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil didn’t allow the negative comments from other people kill his goal of being one of the strongest poker competitors in the world.

Phil started competing seriously after getting a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The first number of years for him were a learning period and coming away with a win was not a normal thing at the time. He became known at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made two final tables and won his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the closing table he destroyed quite a few of the well known professionals which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil decided to take his game to the successive level and moved out west to Vegas. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his achievements to hard work and an immeasurable love for poker. Phil states that he’s learning every single day and is very humble about his success. Phil admits to making mistakes in each session of poker and always strives to get better.

Although Phil has won some big tournaments, he prefers destroying money games on a normal basis.