NL Texas Hold’em Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker player in the world by most of the top professionals. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before reaching turning 1. His grandfather introduced him to one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to discover everything he possibly could about the game. He routinely told his elders that he was planning on being a professional poker player. He didn’t let the detrimental feedback from other people kill his goal of being one of the strongest poker players in the world.

Phil began competing seriously after acquiring a false ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the casinos in Atlantic City. The initial number of years for him were a teaching opportunity and winning wasn’t a common thing at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he made two final tables and came away with his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred 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.

He made a decision to take his game to the next level and headed out west to Sin City. He continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Ivey credits his success to discipline and a continuing love for the game of poker. Phil states that he is learning every day and is very humble about his achievements. Phil knows he makes errors in each session of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

Despite the fact that Phil has won some big-time tournaments, he favors winning cash games on a regular basis.

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