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Phil Ivey has been branded as the number one poker competitor in the world by most of the top-ranked pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to New Jersey before reaching the age of 1. His grandfather taught him penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was addicted to poker and wished to learn anything he possibly could about the game. Phil routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not permit the adverse comments from others destroy his dream of becoming one of the greatest poker players on the planet.

He began competing intently after acquiring a false ID with the name of Jerome. He honed his skills at the casinos in Atlantic City. The first number of years for him were a learning period and winning wasn’t a common thing at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 WSOP where he made two final tables and came away with his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the final table he defeated many of the better known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil made a decision to take his game to the successive level and moved out west to Sin City. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Ivey credits his achievements to discipline and an undying passion for poker. He says that he is learning every day and is incredibly humble about his accomplishments. He knows he makes mistakes every single session of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

Even though Ivey has come first in some big tournaments, he likes winning cash games on a regular basis.