Phil Ivey Biography
Career Winnings: $7,889,408
2007 Winnings: $458,928
Bluff/ESPN Ranking: 30th
Cardplayer Ranking: 81st
Born on February 1, 1976, Phil Ivey is one of the most feared and respected poker players in the world. Most recently, in 2007, Phil Ivey made two final tables at the World Series of Poker, finishing 2nd in the $5000 Seven Card Stud event and 4th in the $5000 HORSE event.
Phil Ivey always knew he was going to be a gambler, despite his family trying to urge him to other professions. As a child, Phil would play penny-ante five card stud with his grandfather, who cheated in his quest to teach Phil how dangerous gambling can be. Nevertheless, Phil told his family that he would become a professional gambler when he was just 16.
After turning 18, Phil Ivey acquired a fake ID so he could gamble at the casinos in Atlantic City. Phil fared poorly at first, frequently losing, but like all good poker players, he learned from his mistakes and improved his play. Phil moved to Atlantic City when he was 20 to continue his poker education.
After he turned 21, Phil Ivey began competing in the World Series of Poker. Phil met success almost immediately, making two final tables in his first year, including one that led to his first WSOP bracelet. Phil won the $2500 Pot Limit Omaha event, despite having to go through a very tough final table which included Phil Hellmuth, David “The Devilfish” Ulliot, and Amarillo Slim. Soon after his first WSOP successes, Phil started playing in the highest stake games he could find, supremely confident in his abilities.
In 2002, Phil Ivey tied a record by winning three WSOP bracelets in one year. Only two other people have accomplished such a feat, Phil Hellmuth and Ted Forrest. These three bracelets came in Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, and SHOE, which is a mixed game consisting of Seven Card Stud, Texas Holdem, Omaha, and Seven Card Stud Eights or Better. In 2005 Phil Ivey won his fifth WSOP bracelet playing in the $5000 Pot Limit Omaha event.
Phil Ivey has several more notable victories, but he is also known for his bad luck at the World Poker Tour. Phil has made it to a large number of WPT final tables, but has not won an event. Phil was eliminated from play while holding A-Q several times, making it a difficult hand for him to play. However, Phil knows that it was just luck that knocked him out and still plays A-Q in the exact same way.
Phil Ivey now lives with his wife in Las Vegas, Nevada. He plays in the biggest cash games around, including the Big Game at the Bellagio alongside many of the other big names in poker. Phil always finds it amusing when he comes home after losing thousands of dollars and ends up having to console is wife who lost playing micro stakes games online.
Visit Phil at his official website – PhilIvey.com