Who is ‘Phil Ivey’ ?
Phil Ivey is a professional poker player who has won 10 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, 1 World Poker Tour (WPT) tournament win and has had nine WPT final table appearances. He is highly-regarded by fellow poker players and is often considered to be one of the best in the world.
‘Phil Ivey’ Explained
Born in California in 1977, Phil began playing poker in his teens and quickly developed a reputation for being a formidable opponent. The year 2000 saw him become the first person to beat the legendary Amarillo Slim in a Heads Up tournament and in doing so win his first WSOP bracelet. In 2002, at the age of 25, he won three WSOP bracelets at the same event, earning him the nickname “The Phenom.” He has also been referred to as “The Tiger Woods of Poker.”
Between 2002 and 2009, he placed in the top 25 of the WSOP Main Event four times with his highest ever position being seventh in 2009.
Phil is known for his aggressive and somewhat random style of play which is difficult to play against. He is also known for his obsessive study and observation of the game.
Phil is also known to play other casino games. In August 2012, he was reported to have won over £7.3 million playing Punto Banco at Crockfords casino in London. Controversially, he was denied his winnings due to claims of edge sorting. A UK court upheld Crockfords’ case against him but he strongly denied all the allegations of wrongdoing.
As of the end of 2016, his lifetime tournament winnings for poker exceeded $23 million.
Ivey is known to support a number of charitable causes and has made donations to help homeless programs and children’s literacy projects.
He currently resides in Las Vegas and is known to be a huge basketball fan.