Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker contender on the planet by many of the top-ranked professionals. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching the age of one. His papa taught Phil penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to learn everything he possibly could about the game. He would tell his grandparents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not permit the adverse comments from others destroy his goal of becoming one of the greatest poker competitors in the world.

He began playing seriously after getting a false ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his techniques at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for him were a learning experience and winning was not a normal outcome at the time. Phil became known at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made 2 final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the closing table he defeated many of the better known professionals including "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. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Ivey credits his achievements to dedication and a continuing love for poker. He states that he’s picking up skills every single day and is incredibly humble about his achievements. He admits to making mistakes in each game of poker and constantly strives to get better.

Although Ivey has won some large tournaments, he prefers destroying cash games on a regular basis.