NL Texas Holdem Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

by Carmelo on October 11th, 2012

Phil Ivey has been branded as the number one poker competitor on the planet by most of the top pros. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before his first birthday. His grandpa taught Phil penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to discover whatever he could about poker. He routinely told his elders that he was planning on being a professional poker player. Phil did not let the detrimental feedback from other people annihilate his dream of being one of the greatest poker competitors on the planet.

He started playing seriously after acquiring a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He honed his techniques at the poker rooms of Atlantic City. The first number of years for him were a teaching experience and winning wasn’t a normal thing at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP where he made two final tables and won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the last table he defeated many of the better known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil decided to take his skills to the next level and moved out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Phil credits his success to discipline and an immeasurable love for poker. Phil says that he’s picking up skills every day and is very humble about his accomplishments. Phil admits to making errors every single 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.

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