Phil Ivey has been referred to as the best poker contender on the globe by most of the top professionals. He was born in Riverside, CA and moved to NJ before his first birthday. His grandfather taught Phil penny-ante 5-Card Stud poker. From then on on, Phil was addicted to poker and wished to learn anything he possibly could about the game. He routinely would tell his elders that he wanted to be a professional poker player. He did not permit the negative comments from other people destroy his ambition of being one of the strongest poker competitors in the world.

He started playing seriously after getting a fake ID with the name of Jerome. He practiced his techniques at the poker rooms in Atlantic City. The beginning number of years for him were a learning period and winning wasn’t a regular thing at the time. He made his mark at the 2000 WSOP when he achieved 2 final tables and won his first WSOP bracelet, in a two dollar, 500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. At the last table he destroyed a number of the well known professionals which includes "Amarillo Slim" Preston, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.

He decided to take his game to the next level and moved out west to Vegas. He continues to participate in in "The Big Game" at the Bellagio with the greatest players on the planet. Ivey credits his achievements to discipline and an undying love for the game of poker. Phil states that he’s picking up skills every day and is quite humble about his achievements. Phil admits to making errors every single session of poker and constantly aspires to improve.

Although Phil has come first in some big tournaments, he likes destroying money games on a normal basis.