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Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker contender on the globe by quite a few of the top pros. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before his first birthday. His pappa taught Phil penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was addicted to poker and wished to pickup whatever he could about the game. Phil would tell his elders that he was going to be a professional poker player. He didn’t allow the detrimental comments from others annihilate his ambition of being one of the greatest poker competitors on the planet.

He began playing seriously after acquiring a false ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The first few years for him were a learning period and coming away with a win wasn’t a common outcome at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made 2 final tables and won his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he destroyed quite a few of the well 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 moved out west to Las Vegas. He continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his success to dedication and a continuing passion for the game of poker. Phil states that he is learning every single day and is very abashed about his accomplishments. He admits to making blunders every single game of poker and always aspires to get better.

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