Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker player on the globe by many of the top-ranked pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before his first birthday. His grandfather showed him to penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was addicted to poker and wished to discover everything he could about poker. Phil routinely would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He didn’t permit the negative comments from others kill his dream of becoming one of the strongest poker players on the planet.

He began competing seriously after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He sharpened his game at the casinos in Atlantic City. The first number of years for him were a learning period and winning was not a regular outcome at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP where he made 2 final tables and won his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the last table he defeated many of the better known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil decided to take his game to the successive level and headed out west to Vegas. Phil continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Phil credits his success to hard work and an undying passion for poker. Phil says that he is learning every single day and is very abashed about his achievements. Phil admits to making errors in each session of poker and constantly strives to get better.

Even though Phil has won some big tournaments, he favors destroying money games on a normal basis.