Phil Ivey has been branded as the greatest poker contender on the globe by quite a few of the top pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching the age of one. His grandfather taught him one cent-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to learn everything he possibly could about poker. Phil routinely would tell his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not permit the adverse feedback from others annihilate his dream of being one of the best poker competitors 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 in Atlantic City. The first number of years for him were a learning opportunity and winning wasn’t a regular outcome at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he destroyed a number of the well known pros including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil decided to take his game to the next level and headed out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Ivey credits his achievements to dedication and an eternal love for poker. He states that he is learning every day and is incredibly humble about his achievements. Phil knows he makes blunders every single session of poker and always aspires to improve.

Although Phil has won some big-time tournaments, he favors winning money games on a normal basis.