Phil Ivey has been referred to as the greatest poker player on the globe by quite a few of the top pros. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before his first birthday. His grandpa taught him one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was hooked on poker and wished to pickup every little thing he possibly could about poker. He routinely told his parents that he was planning on being a professional poker player. He didn’t permit the negative feedback from others destroy his goal of becoming one of the greatest poker players in the world.

He started playing intently after getting a false ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his skills at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a teaching period and coming away with a win was not a regular outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the closing table he destroyed quite a few 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 next level and headed out west to Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Phil credits his success to dedication and a continuing love for the game of poker. He states that he is picking up skills every single day and is quite abashed about his success. Phil admits to making blunders every single game of poker and always aspires to get better.

Although Ivey has won some big-time tournaments, he prefers winning cash games on a regular basis.