Phil Ivey

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  1. Phil Ivey is one of the most feared poker players in the world with seven WSOP Bracelets and a WPT event win. Ivey is also an extremely consistent winner in nosebleed cash games both live and online.


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Although Phil Ivey was born in California in 1976, his family moved to New Jersey that same year, thus he grew up in a city known for its gambling culture. Despite this, Ivey's family wanted to prevent him from becoming a hustler, so much so that his grandfather famously cheated him whenever the two played cards. But obviously, Phil Ivey was not discouraged, and he has no doubt become one of the greatest gamblers of his generation.

Over the years, Ivey has been called "The Tiger Woods of Poker", and whether he likes it or not, the two men have similar skill, concentration, and mastery of their respective game. Like Tiger, Phil dominated his competitors at an early age, winning a total of five World Series of Poker bracelets before the age of 30.

In 2009, Phil Ivey really took his tournament game to the next level as he won two more WSOP titles, and also earned a spot at the Main Event final table as one of the November Nine. Unfortunately for Phil, his A-K was cracked by Darvin Moon's A-Q and he cashed in 7th place for $1.4 million. Despite the disappointing finish and the fact that Joe Cada was the eventual winner, the 2009 World Series of Poker will always be remembered for Phil Ivey's remarkable run.

Personal Life

Ivey is a noted NBA fan and often wears basketball jerseys in poker tournaments. His listed hobbies include prop betting, golf, and video games and currently lives with his wife in Las Vegas.

The Big Game

Ivey is a regular in the $4,000-$8,000 mixed cash game at Bellagio in Las Vegas, often referred to as The Big Game. He also played heads-up Limit Hold'em against Texas billionaire Andy Beal with blinds set at $25,000-$50,000 and won $16,000,000 in the matter of 3 days playing on behalf of "The Corporation" which is a group of poker pros who pooled their money together and took turns playing against Beal.

Event Wins

YearTournament(US$) Prize Won
2000$2,500 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha$195,000
2002$2,500 WSOP 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo$118,440
2002$2,000 WSOP S.H.O.E. $107,540
2002$1,500 WSOP 7 Card Stud$132,000
2005$5,000 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha$138,000
2005Monte Carlo Millions$1,000,000
2008$10,000 WPT LA Poker Classic$1,596,000
2009$2,500 WSOP No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball$96,367
2009$2,500 WSOP Omaha Hi/Lo/7 Card Stud Hi/Lo$220,538