Phillip Dennis "Phil" Ivey Jr. is one of the legendary American professional poker players. During his poker career, he has won one World Poker Tour (WPT) title and eight World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. He also participated at nine WPT final tables.
Phil Ivey was born on February 1, 1976 in Riverside, California, USA but later shifted to Roselle, New Jersey. His interest towards this exciting and interesting card game poker developed when he was a teen. He learnt a lot from his grandfather who, with the intent to keep him away from gambling, educated him about the Five-Card stud. Destined otherwise, Phil was playing for money at the age of 16 and at 18, he played at the live tables in Atlantic City for such long durations that he was named as “No Home Jerome” by other players in the casino (Jerome being the company name whose ID card he possessed). His proficiency amazed others so much that he also earned another nickname as 'the Tiger Woods of Poker'.
Currently, Phil Ivey resides in the fascinating city of Las Vegas. This enthusiastic poker player is a huge fan of Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets and is often seen wearing basketball jerseys. Phil Ivey loves to play video games, golf and prop betting, when he is not playing poker. Phil Ivey also earned repute for his philanthropic activities and charitable causes. He has donated thousands of dollars to charities for underprivileged children. He has also co-founded a charity by the name of Budding Ivey Foundation to carry on the good work of his grandfather.
Phil Ivey’s poker career is full of achievements and he became a popular poker player for his tournament winnings. His skills can be well judged from his earnings of $5,294,840 which have come from cashes at the World Series of Poker. He has earned much reverence and so ranked as 2nd on the all time money list just behind Erik Seidel. In the beginning of 2012, his total winnings of live tournament exceeded $16,000,000. In 2000, he vanquished Amarillo Slim and created history for being the foremost player to do so at a WSOP final table. Apart from his eight World Series bracelets, Phil Ivey has also achieved immense success in the WSOP Main Event. For his excellent performance and victories, he was ranked in the top 25 four times between 2002 and 2009. While playing at the 2009 WSOP, his proficiency on poker could be well judged by his skills as he conquered 147 players after a tough competition against John Monette. Furthermore, he won the bracelet in $2,500 1/2 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 1/2 Omaha Hi/Lo event after vanquishing 376 contenders.
Phil Ivey also holds the record of being the youngest player at the age of 33 to have won eight bracelets at WSOP. Being an ardent poker player, he also participated in the World Poker Tour (WPT) but got eliminated a few times. He has won close to 3 million dollars while cashing nine times in WPT. He participated in the European Poker Tour in Barcelona for the first time in 2006 and also participated in The London All Star Challenge of the inaugural European Poker Masters in the year 2006. He finished second and in seventh place in the respective tournaments.
In November 2005, he claimed the first prize at the Monte Carlo Millions tournament. He also participated in the NBC’s Poker After Dark in 2007. But unfortunately in the same year, he was defeated in the NBC's "National Heads-Up Poker Championship" by actor Don Cheadle. The other tournaments he participated in include GSN's High Stakes Poker, Aussie Millions High-roller event and Aussie Millions main event.
In Las Vegas, he participates in cash games on a regular basis at The Bellagio Hotel. In 2006, Phil was part of a team of professional poker players in opposition to Andy Beal, a billionaire from Texas and won in excess of $16,000,000. Phil was positioned as the Player of the Year in 2006 not by one, but three different bodies - the Bluff Magazine, the All In Magazine and also by the UK Gaming awards.