No-Limit Texas Holdem Poker- Who is Phil Ivey?

Tuesday, 1. July 2008

Phil Ivey has been referred to as the number one poker player in the world by many of the top pros. Phil Ivey was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before his first birthday. His grandpa taught Phil penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, he was addicted to poker and wanted to learn every little thing he could about the game. He routinely told his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. Phil did not permit the negative comments from others annihilate his ambition of being one of the strongest poker competitors on the planet.

He started playing intently after acquiring a fake ID by the name of Jerome. He practiced his techniques at the casinos in Atlantic City. The beginning few years for Phil were a learning experience and winning wasn’t a regular thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 WSOP when he achieved two final tables and won his 1st World Series of Poker bracelet, in a $2, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the final table he defeated a number of the well known pros including "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 compete in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players in the world. Ivey credits his success to discipline and an undying passion for the game of poker. He states that he is learning every single day and is very humble about his success. He admits to making blunders in each session of poker and always strives to get better.

Even though Ivey has won some big-time tournaments, he favors destroying cash games on a normal basis.

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