[ English ]

Phil Ivey has been labeled as the number one poker contender on the planet by most of the top-ranked professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to NJ before reaching turning one. His grandpa showed him to penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to learn everything he could about the game. He routinely told his grandparents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not let the adverse comments from others annihilate his goal of becoming one of the greatest poker players on the planet.

Phil started playing intently after getting a false ID by the name of Jerome. He sharpened his game at the casinos in Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for Phil were a learning opportunity and coming away with a win was not a normal outcome at the time. Phil made his mark at the 2000 World Series of Poker when he made 2 final tables and won his first WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he destroyed a number of the well known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil decided to take his skills to the next level and headed out west to Sin City. He continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Phil credits his success to discipline and a continuing passion for the game of poker. He states that he is learning every day and is incredibly humble about his accomplishments. Phil knows he makes errors every single game of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

Although Phil has won some big tournaments, he favors winning money games on a regular basis.