Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker player on the globe by most of the top-ranked pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before reaching the age of 1. His grandpa showed him to one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to discover everything he could about poker. He routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil didn’t allow the negative comments from other people annihilate his ambition of becoming one of the best poker players in the world.

He started playing intently after acquiring a false ID by the name of Jerome. He honed his abilities at the casinos in Atlantic City. The initial few years for Phil were a learning opportunity and coming away with a win wasn’t a normal thing at the time. Phil became known at the 2000 WSOP when he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the last table he defeated many 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 Sin City. He continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Ivey credits his success to discipline and an immeasurable love for poker. Phil states that he is picking up skills every day and is quite abashed about his success. He admits to making mistakes every single session of poker and constantly strives to get better.

Although Phil has come first in some big-time tournaments, he likes destroying cash games on a regular basis.