Phil Ivey has been referred to as the number one poker player in the world by most of the top professionals. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and moved to Jersey before his first birthday. His papa taught Phil one cent-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wanted to learn every little thing he could about the game. Phil routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not let the detrimental feedback from other people kill his dream of being one of the greatest poker players on the planet.

He began playing seriously after acquiring a false ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his skills at the casinos in Atlantic City. The first few years for him were a teaching period and coming away with a win was not a regular outcome at the time. Phil made his mark 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, five hundred Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the last table he defeated many of the well known pros 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 Vegas. Phil continues to compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the best players in the world. Ivey credits his achievements to dedication and an eternal passion for the game of poker. Phil states that he’s learning every day and is quite humble about his success. Phil knows he makes blunders in each session of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

Although Phil has come first in some big tournaments, he prefers winning cash games on a regular basis.