NL Hold’em Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

Wednesday, 2. December 2015

Phil Ivey has been branded as the greatest poker competitor on the planet by most of the top-ranked professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before his first birthday. His grandpa introduced him to one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to pickup anything he possibly could about poker. He routinely told his parents that he was planning on being a professional poker player. Phil didn’t permit the detrimental comments from other people annihilate his goal of becoming one of the greatest poker competitors on the planet.

He began playing seriously after getting a false ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his abilities at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first few years for him were a teaching period and coming away with a win was not a normal outcome at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP where he made 2 final tables and came away with his first World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he defeated quite a few of the better known pros which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He decided to take his skills to the next level and moved out west to Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Phil credits his success to discipline and a continuing love for poker. Phil states that he is picking up skills every day and is very humble about his achievements. Phil admits to making blunders every single session of poker and constantly strives to get better.

Despite the fact that Ivey has won some large tournaments, he prefers destroying money games on a normal basis.

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