NL Hold’em Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

Phil Ivey has been referred to as the number one poker contender on the planet by quite a few of the top pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before his first birthday. His grandfather taught Phil penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to discover whatever he possibly could about poker. He routinely would tell his grandparents that he was planning on being a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the negative feedback from others destroy his ambition of being one of the best poker players in the world.

Phil began playing intently after getting a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He honed his abilities at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The first number of years for Phil were a teaching period and winning was not a normal outcome at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the last table he destroyed many of the better known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He decided to take his game to the next level and headed out west to Sin City. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his success to hard work and a continuing passion for poker. Phil states that he is picking up skills every day and is quite humble about his success. He admits to making blunders every single session of poker and always aspires to get better.

Although Ivey has come first in some big tournaments, he favors destroying money games on a regular basis.

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