Phil Ivey has been branded as the number one poker contender on the globe by most of the top pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching the age of 1. His papa introduced him to one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to pickup every little thing he could about the game. Phil would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t permit the detrimental feedback from others kill his dream of being one of the greatest poker players on the planet.

He started competing intently after acquiring a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his techniques at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The first number of years for him were a teaching opportunity and winning wasn’t a regular outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 WSOP where he achieved 2 final tables and won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the final table he defeated a number of the better known professionals including but not limited to "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his skills to the successive level and headed out west to Las Vegas. He 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 says that he is picking up skills every day and is incredibly humble about his success. Phil knows he makes blunders in each game of poker and constantly strives to get better.

Even though Phil has come first in some big tournaments, he prefers winning cash games on a normal basis.