Phil Ivey has been branded as the number one poker competitor on the planet by quite a few of the top professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching turning 1. His grandpa introduced him to penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to discover anything he could about poker. He routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not permit the detrimental feedback from others destroy his goal of being one of the strongest poker competitors in the world.

He started competing seriously after acquiring a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the casinos in Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for Phil were a learning opportunity and winning wasn’t a regular thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 WSOP where he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the closing table he defeated many of the well known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He decided to take his skills to the next level and moved out west to Vegas. He continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his achievements to dedication and an eternal love for poker. Phil states that he’s learning every day and is incredibly humble about his accomplishments. He admits to making mistakes in each session of poker and always aspires to get better.

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