No-Limit Hold’em Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

Sunday, 25. October 2015

Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker contender in the world by most of the top-ranked pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching the age of 1. His grandpa taught Phil penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was hooked on poker and wanted to learn everything he could about poker. He would tell his grandparents that he was going to be a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the adverse comments from others annihilate his goal of becoming one of the greatest poker players in the world.

He began competing seriously after acquiring a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He sharpened his skills at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a learning experience and coming away with a win wasn’t a regular outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 WSOP where he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the last table he destroyed quite a few 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 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. Ivey credits his success to dedication and an immeasurable love for the game of poker. Phil says that he is picking up skills every single day and is quite humble about his achievements. Phil knows he makes mistakes in each session of poker and always aspires to get better.

Despite the fact that Ivey has come first in some big tournaments, he favors destroying cash games on a regular basis.

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