Phil Ivey has been labeled as the best poker competitor on the globe by quite a few of the top-ranked professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to New Jersey before his first birthday. His grandfather taught him one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to discover everything he possibly could about the game. Phil would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the adverse feedback from other people kill his goal of becoming one of the best poker players on the planet.

Phil started competing intently after getting a false ID by the name of Jerome. He honed his techniques at the casinos of Atlantic City. The initial few years for him were a learning experience and winning was not a common outcome at the time. Phil became known at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made 2 final tables and came away with his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he destroyed many of the better known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil made a decision to take his game to the successive level and headed out west to Vegas. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Phil credits his success to discipline and a continuing passion for poker. He states that he is picking up skills every single day and is quite humble about his accomplishments. He admits to making blunders every single game of poker and always aspires to improve.

Although Ivey has come first in some big-time tournaments, he prefers winning cash games on a normal basis.