11 Jan 10

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Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker contender on the globe by many of the top pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before reaching turning 1. His papa introduced him to penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to discover anything he could about the game. He routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the detrimental feedback from others annihilate his dream of being one of the greatest poker players in the world.

He began playing seriously after getting a false ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his skills at the casinos in Atlantic City. The beginning few years for Phil were a learning opportunity and coming away with a win wasn’t a regular thing at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP where he made two final tables and came away with his 1st WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he defeated a number of the better known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He decided to take his skills to the successive level and moved out west to Vegas. Phil continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players on the planet. Phil credits his achievements to dedication and an immeasurable passion for the game of poker. Phil states that he is picking up skills every day and is very humble about his achievements. Phil admits to making mistakes in each game of poker and always aspires to get better.

Although Ivey has won some large tournaments, he prefers destroying money games on a regular basis.

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