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Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker competitor on the globe by many of the top pros. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching the age of one. His grandpa taught him one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was hooked on poker and wished to pickup whatever he possibly could about the game. He would tell his grandparents that he was going to be a professional poker player. He didn’t let the negative comments from other people annihilate his ambition of becoming one of the best poker players in the world.

He started playing seriously after acquiring a false ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his abilities at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The initial number of years for him were a teaching opportunity and coming away with a win wasn’t a common thing at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 WSOP when he made two final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he destroyed many of the better 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 headed out west to Las Vegas. He continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Phil credits his success to hard work and an immeasurable love 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 game of poker and always strives to improve.

Despite the fact that Phil has come first in some big-time tournaments, he likes destroying money games on a regular basis.