Phil Ivey has been referred to as the greatest poker competitor on the globe by most of the top professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before his first birthday. His grandpa showed him to one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was addicted to poker and wished to learn every little thing he could about poker. Phil routinely would tell his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the negative comments from other people destroy his ambition of becoming one of the best poker competitors on the planet.

Phil began competing intently after acquiring a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He honed his game at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for Phil were a learning period and winning was not a regular outcome at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP where he achieved two final tables and came away with his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he defeated quite a few of the better known pros which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his skills to the next level and headed out west to Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Phil credits his success to dedication and an undying passion for the game of poker. Phil states that he’s picking up skills every single day and is incredibly humble about his achievements. Phil knows he makes errors in each game of poker and always strives to improve.

Despite the fact that Phil has come first in some large tournaments, he prefers winning cash games on a regular basis.