Name: Phil Ivey
Location: Las Vegas, NV, United States
Total Winnings: $12,822,192
First Place Finishes: 21
WSOP Bracelets: 7
ProRank 1 Position: 270
Phil Ivey is considered to be one of the most successful and widely respected professional poker players in the world today. With eight World Series of Poker bracelets and one World Poker title under his belt, he is also one of the most dreaded opponents at a poker table. Ivey also holds the distinction of earning the maximum amount of money in winnings from poker in tournament games and has reportedly grossed over $13.5 million in earnings from tournament poker. The 34 year old is considered by many to be the best poker player in the world at the moment. Bluff Magazine named him as the ‘Player of the Year’ in 2005.
Phil Ivey grew up on the East Coast in Roselle, New Jersey. He picked up his first lessons in Five Card Stud poker from his grandfather and honed his skills at the casinos in Atlantic City. A young Ivey would spend hours just observing other poker players, learning how to distinguish between bluffs and true calls and studying body language. Legends are rife about how an underage Ivey procured an ID from his colleague at the telemarketing firm he worked with so he could gain access to the high stakes casino rooms at Atlantic City. He spent so many hours playing poker at the casinos that he earned the nickname ‘No Home Jerome’.
The 10 years between 2000 and 2010 have been the most successful in the career graph of Ivey. From winning his first WSOP bracelet for the $2500 Pot Limit Omaha event and raking in $195,000 for the effort in 2000, Ivey has come a long way. 2002 was his most successful year taking home three gold bracelets which was a record in itself. His fifth bracelet in WSOP came in 2005, once again for Pot Limit Omaha. This was also his biggest haul in WSOP to date, taking home $635,603. With his eighth WSOP bracelet in 2010, he holds the record for the maximum number of bracelets in the event along with another poker superstar, Erik Seidel. The $3000 H.O.R.S.E. event gave him his eighth bracelet in the 2010 edition of the WSOP.
Ivey has made it to nine final tables at the WPT. His first place finish at the LA Poker Classic in 2008 was another high point of his career. He is known for playing very high stakes and aggressive poker. Ivey is best remembered for taking billionaire Andy Beal by $16 million in a 3 day poker match between 21st and 23rd February 2006. Phil Ivey, representing the Corporation, had raised the stakes to $50,000/$100,000, when the Corporation was down $13.6 million to Beal. In the same year, Ivey debuted at the European Poker Tour in Barcelona where he finished second.
While his game of poker is known for its aggressive style, Ivey is known to be quite reserved and shy in his person life. He currently resides in Las Vegas and regularly participates in the cash games at the Bellagio. He also plays online at his own table at the popular Poker website FullTiltPoker.com.