Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker player on the globe by many of the top pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before reaching the age of 1. His papa taught him one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was hooked on poker and wanted to learn anything he could about the game. Phil routinely told his elders that he was planning on being a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the adverse feedback from others annihilate his dream of being one of the strongest poker competitors on the planet.

He started competing intently after acquiring a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the casinos in Atlantic City. The beginning few years for him were a teaching opportunity and coming away with a win wasn’t a common outcome at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he achieved 2 final tables and came away with his first WSOP bracelet, in a $2, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he defeated many of the better known pros which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He decided to take his game to the successive level and moved 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 achievements to discipline and an eternal passion for the game of poker. Phil says that he’s learning every single day and is quite abashed about his achievements. He admits to making errors every single game of poker and always aspires to get better.

Although Phil has come first in some big tournaments, he prefers destroying cash games on a normal basis.