No-Limit Holdem Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

Phil Ivey has been referred to as the greatest poker contender on the planet by many of the top professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before reaching turning 1. His grandpa introduced him to penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was addicted to poker and wanted to discover anything he could about poker. He routinely told his parents that he was going to be a professional poker player. Phil did not allow the adverse feedback from others destroy his goal of being one of the best poker competitors in the world.

Phil started playing intently after acquiring a false ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the casinos of Atlantic City. The beginning few years for Phil were a teaching opportunity and coming away with a win was not a normal thing at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP where he made two final tables and won his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he destroyed quite a few of the better known professionals which includes "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 Las Vegas. Phil continues to play 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 states that he is picking up skills every single day and is very abashed about his achievements. Phil knows he makes blunders in each session of poker and always aspires to get better.

Although Ivey has come first in some large tournaments, he favors destroying money games on a normal basis.

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