One of the most well known poker players at the moment is Phil Ivey. Brought up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Ivey was a keen gamer as a child. He then turned his attentions to playing poker and began playing the card rooms in and around Atlantic City. He originally started playing poker with a fake ID and used the name of “Jerome.” Once he was old enough top play legally, he told his opponent his true identity and continued grinding it out. His hard work and dedication to the game playing for up to fourteen hours a day paid off as he not only gained a wealth of experience but he also managed to build up his bankroll.
One of the most amazing things about Phil Ivey is that he is still under the age of forty, yet has already carved out a name for himself as a fantastic professional poker player who should be both feared and respected in equal measures at the table. There are many who refer to him as the ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’ although this is not something that he readily agrees with.
Many people would argue that Phil Ivey is the best poker player in the world right now. He has won seven World Series of Poker bracelets and has 36 cashes. At the moment he is the number one money winner in tournament poker.
Ivey’s first WSOP bracelet was won in 2000 in the Pot Limit Ohama event which he also won a bracelet for in 2005. In 2002 he won three bracelets in the Card Stud Hi/Lo, S.H.O.E, and Seven Card Stud events. His other two WSOP bracelets were won in 2009 in the No Limit 2-7 Draw Loqball and Ohama Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo events.
His seven WSOP bracelets see him in joint sixth place with Billy Baxter in the top WSOP bracelet winners of all time. He holds the record for the youngest player to have won seven bracelets and it took him only nine years to do so. Ivey is also one of the most feared cash game players in poker. He is a regular on Full Tilt in the nosebleed games and also has had the Aria Poker Room name their high stakes room after him.