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Phil Ivey Profile

Posted by Bill "zimba" Seibert at 26 November 2010 23:09
Phil Ivey is widely considered the best all-around poker player in the world. At the age of 34, he has won 8 WSOP bracelets, 1 WPT title with 9 WPT final tables. He is first on the all-time money winners list in tournament poker with nearly $14 million. All the more remarkable for a player who considers cash games his main game. Ivey is a leading Team Full Tilt pro and owner. Phil Ivey was born February 1, 1976 in Riverside, California but moved to New Jersey three months later where he remained before relocating to Las Vegas in his early twenties.

Things you might not know:
  • While he learned poker from his grandfather at the age of five, Ivey seriously began to develop his poker skills by playing against co-workers at a telemarketing firm which raised money for the Fraternal Order of Police.
  • He used the name of Jerome Graham on his fake ID card he used to get into Atlantic City casinos during his underage years from 18-21. His nickname was "No Home Jerome" because he never left the casinos.
  • He came clean on his false identity when he turned 21, and due to his good reputation was forgiven and allowed entrance by the casino management.
  • For years, Ivey had a destructive pattern of winning a lot in poker, then losing it back in Blackjack and Craps.
  • In 2000 at age 24, Ivey had his breakout tournament year, winning his first bracelet, another final table, and 12th place in three different games, displaying his all-around skills.
  • He was married for 9 years to Luciaette, but they divorced in 2009.
  • Ivey loves to bet on a variety of activities from playing golf, video games, prop bets and sports.
  • Ivey has famously placed $1-$2 million bets on the Super Bowl and NBA Finals, losing big on the Lakers, Cardinals and Colts.
  • Ivey was one of the main members of "The Corporation", a team of Vegas high stakes poker players that battled Texas billionaire Andy Beal in 2004-2006 with $15 million dollar swings, but with Ivey closing out the match with a 3-day $16.6 million win.
  • Ivey regularly plays in the biggest cash games around the world, formerly Bobby's Room, but now at his own named Ivey's Room at the Aria.
  • Ivey has stated that he would like to win 30 World Series of Poker bracelets.

Phil Ivey has reached the pinnacle of poker at a young age. He is a fearless and versatile poker player, be it tournaments or cash games. He has always had a very characteristic and hard to read poker face at the table. Ivey is one of the most respected online players for his fierce discipline, game selection and stop loss management online.

He has occasionally suffered from a lack of concentration and motivation at times when the tournament stakes weren't big enough, so he has upped the virtual stakes by betting big prop side bets against other players to create more motivation in recent years. He made the final table of the WSOP Main Event several times, most recently 2009. He recently returned with a sizable win from the Macau high stakes games and he will surely be pushing his gambling limits again very soon.

One of Phil Ivey's most famous bluffs at the Monaco Million event in 2005.


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