Phil Ivey has been labeled as the best poker player in the world by many of the top pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to New Jersey before reaching the age of one. His grandfather introduced him to penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From that point on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to learn everything he could about the game. He would tell his elders that he was going to be a professional poker player while they thought he was just a kid. He didn't let the negative feedback from others kill his dream of being one of the best poker players in the world.
He started playing serious after getting a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He honed his game at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The first few years for him was a learning experience and winning was not a normal thing at the time. He became known at the 200 World Series of Poker when he made two final tables and won his first WSOP bracelet, in a $ 2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the final table he destroyed many of the well known pros including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
He decided to take his game to the next level and moved out west to Las Vegas. He continues to play in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Ivey credits his success to hard work and an undying passion for the game of poker. He says that he is learning every single day and is very humble about his success. He admits to making mistakes every single session of poker and always strives to improve.
Even though Ivey has won some big tournaments, he prefers destroying cash games on a regular basis. Aside from playing in "The Big Game", he also spends a lot of time playing at the huge limits on Full Tilt Poker. He can be seen playing four different types of games at once and beating each and everyone of them on a regular basis. His hyper-aggressive style makes his opponents feel intimidated and outmatched. Make sure to watch him crush his opponents online at Full Tilt.