Phil Ivey has been labeled as the best poker competitor on the globe by quite a few of the top pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before reaching turning 1. His papa showed him to penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was hooked on poker and wanted to pickup anything he could about poker. He routinely told his elders that he was planning on being a professional poker player. He didn’t allow the detrimental feedback from others annihilate his dream of being one of the greatest poker competitors in the world.

He started competing seriously after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his abilities at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first number of years for Phil were a teaching experience and coming away with a win wasn’t a normal outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he made 2 final tables and won his first WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the closing table he defeated many 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 moved out west to Vegas. He continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Phil credits his success to hard work and a continuing love for poker. He states that he is picking up skills every day and is quite abashed about his accomplishments. Phil knows he makes errors every single game of poker and constantly strives to improve.

Although Ivey has won some big-time tournaments, he prefers winning money games on a regular basis.