Phil Ivey: Biography

Phil Ivey has built a reputation as one of the greatest poker players of his generation. His success in major tournaments is legendary. He is one of the leading money winners of all time when it comes to tournament play. However despite this success he has started to limit the number of tournaments that he plays in so that he can focus on playing in high stakes cash games. This is how he spends most of his time these days.


Phil Ivey grew up in New Jersey where he got his start playing poker. During his teenage years he worked as a telemarketer in order to raise the money to play. In the beginning because he was too young to play in the casinos he played mostly with his friends. When he was eighteen however he managed to get a fake id and started playing at the casinos in Atlantic City, where he promptly lost a great deal of money. However over time Ivey improved his game dramatically and he started to have considerably more success at the tables.

Ivey continued in this way until he was twenty one and he was finally able to enter official tournaments. He quickly became a successful player winning several tournaments right from the start of his career. By 2000 he had already one two World Series of Poker bracelets. Since then he has gone onto win several other tournaments becoming one of the most successful players in the game. These days he is widely considered to be the best player in the world with a number of major victories on his resume. Over the course of his career he is one of top money winners in tournament poker.

The key to Phil Ivey's success is that he is one of the most aggressive players out there. He is famous for his aggressive play. He is also well known for being extremely difficult to read at the tables. Ivey rarely shows any emotion even when there is a big jackpot on the table. This combined with his aggressive play makes him very difficult to beat. The result is that he has been one of the most successful players of his generation.

Despite his great success in tournaments these days Phil Ivey plays most of his poker in high stakes cash games. These days he lives in Las Vegas so that he has the opportunity to play on a regular basis. While he continues to play in tournaments most of the time these days he is playing in cash games. In general he will only play in the biggest tournaments. This is mainly because he can make a lot more money playing cash games than he can in all but the biggest of tournaments. It also means that if you have the cash there is an opportunity to play Phil Ivey if you happen to be in Las Vegas.