NL Holdem Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

Phil Ivey has been branded as the best poker competitor in the world by quite a few of the top pros. He was born in Riverside, CA and relocated to Jersey before reaching the age of one. His grandpa taught him penny-ante Five-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was hooked on poker and wished to learn everything he could about poker. Phil would tell his parents that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not let the adverse feedback from others destroy his dream of becoming one of the best poker competitors in the world.

He began playing seriously after getting a false ID by the name of Jerome. He sharpened his skills at the casinos of Atlantic City. The first few years for him were a learning period and winning wasn’t a regular thing at the time. He became known at the 2000 World Series of Poker where he made two final tables and won his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. At the final table he destroyed a number of the well known professionals which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

Phil decided to take his game to the successive 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 dedication and an eternal passion for the game of poker. Phil says that he is picking up skills every day and is incredibly humble about his success. He admits to making blunders in each session of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

Although Phil has come first in some big-time tournaments, he favors destroying cash games on a regular basis.

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