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No-Limit Hold’em Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

Phil Ivey has been labeled as the greatest poker player on the planet by quite a few of the top-ranked pros. Phil was born in Riverside, CA and moved to New Jersey before his first birthday. His grandfather taught him penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From that point on, he was hooked on poker and wanted to discover everything he could about the game. He routinely would tell his grandparents that he was planning on being a professional poker player. He did not permit the negative comments from other people annihilate his goal of becoming one of the best poker competitors in the world.

He started playing intently after getting a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his game at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The first few years for Phil were a learning period and winning wasn’t a common thing at the time. He became known at the 2000 WSOP when he made two final tables and won his first WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha match. At the final table he defeated many of the well known professionals including "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He made a decision to take his skills to the successive level and headed out west to Las Vegas. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Ivey credits his success to dedication and an undying passion for the game of poker. Phil says that he’s picking up skills every single day and is incredibly humble about his success. He admits to making mistakes every single game of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

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

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