Phil Ivey, that many peolpe claims to be the best poker player in the world, was born in California but his family moved to Roselle in New Jersey when he was just 3 months old. He was starting playing cards with his co workers at a telemarketing company where he used to work. He started his career in Atlantic City and became a poker pro.
His first World Series of Poker title he won when he was 23 years old and this was in the year 2000, winning the title by beating Phil Hellmuth and Amarillo Slim. This was in the Pot Limit Omaha event.
2002 was a good year for Phil Ivey, and at the World Series Of Poker he won three braclets and this is very unusual. The three events he won at WSOP 2002 was 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, SHOE event and the $1,500 7 Card Stud. He also came in the final table at WTP, and won two tournaments at the Bellagio, and was the winner in World Poker Open Tournament.
2005 he really dominated the poker world. He was on the final table twice at WPT, cam second at the WSOP Circuit event, won $1 million in prize money when winning Monte Carlo Millions tournament, and only 24 hour after this first place in MCM, he won the FullTiltPoker.net Invitational Live from Monte Carlo and a first prize of $600,000.
In 2006 Phil Ivey was The Player of the year by All In Magazine, Bluff Magazine and at the UK gaming awards. In 2008 Phil won his first WPT event, winning the Los Angeles Poker Classic. This was his 8th appearance at the World Poker Tour final tables, and this is a record hold by Phil Ivey.
Other things about Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey now lives in Las Vegas with his wife Luciaetta and he loves to play golf. He was in the tornament World Series of Golf where he finished 3rd. This tournament is a cross between golf and poker. He is also a big fan of Basketball, with favorite teams Los Angeles Lakers and Houston rockets.
He is well known as “Tiger Woods of Poker”.
When you read all this information about Phil Ivey, no wonder that many people calls him the best player in the world!