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Phillip D. "Phil" Ivey (born February 1, 1976) is an Americanmarker professional poker player who has won seven World Series of Poker bracelets and has a World Poker Tour title, making the final table there a record eight times. Currently listed as second in the world among all-time money winners in tournament poker after Daniel Negreanu, Ivey is regarded by numerous poker observers and contemporaries as the best all-around player in the world today.

Early years

Ivey was born in Riverside, Californiamarker and moved with his family across the country to Roselle, New Jerseymarker as a three-month old. He crafted his game playing skills amongst his co-workers at a New Brunswick, New Jerseymarker telemarketing firm in the late 1990's. One of his nicknames, "No Home Jerome", stems from the ID card he secured to practice in Atlantic Citymarker in his teenage years. His other well-known nickname is 'the Tiger Woods of Poker'.

Poker tournaments

World Series of Poker

Despite now focusing more on cash games than tournaments, his tournament accomplishments include winning three bracelets at the 2002 World Series of Poker, tying Phil Hellmuth Jr, Ted Forrest, Puggy Pearson, and Jeff Lisandro for the most wins in a single year. Ivey also has bracelets in Pot Limit Omaha from 2000 and 2005. In 2000, he was the first person to defeat Amarillo Slim heads-up at a WSOP final table. In addition to his seven World Series bracelets, Ivey has had great success in the WSOP Main Event. He placed in the top 25 four times from 2002 to 2009, with the fields growing substantially each year. Ivey finished 23rd in 2002, 10th in 2003, 20th in 2005 and 7th in 2009.

In 2009, Ivey won his 6th bracelet in the $2,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Event of the 2009 WSOP. He defeated a field of 147 players to catch his bracelet. He won a very long heads-up battle against John Monette. He then proceeded to win another bracelet in the $2,500 1/2 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 1/2 Omaha Hi/Lo event besting a field of 376 people. He defeated Ming Lee heads-up. While winning the $2,500 1/2 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo - 1/2 Omaha Hi/Lo event he also managed to place 22nd in the $5000 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-or-better despite only playing during the breaks in the Stud/Omaha event.

Main Event finishes
Between 2002 and 2009, Ivey finished among the top 30 players in the Main Event four times, in fields ranging in size from 600 entrants to just under 7000. Ivey finished 10th in the 2003 WSOP Main Event (one place short of the final table), and 7th in 2009. In 2009 his lost to Darvin Moon's when a queen paired Moon on the flop; he ended with winnings of $1,404,002.

Multiple Bracelet Winner
With seven World Series of Poker bracelets, Ivey is currently tied with Billy Baxter for the sixth most of all-time. Also, at age 33, he is the youngest player to ever win seven (Phil Hellmuth was 37). In addition, other than Johnny Moss, no other player has accumulated seven bracelets as quickly; it took Ivey only nine years from the time of his first bracelet to his seventh (Moss also took nine years).

World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2000 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha $195,000
2002 $2,500 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo $118,440
2002 $2,000 S.H.O.E. $107,540
2002 $1,500 7 Card Stud $132,000
2005 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha $635,603
2009 $2,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball $96,367
2009 $2,500 Omaha Hi/Lo / 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo $220,538

World Poker Tour

Ivey has also reached a record eight final tables on the World Poker Tour. He has lost several of these WPT events by being eliminated while holding the same starting hand each time, an ace and a queen. Eight out of the nine times Phil Ivey has cashed in a WPT event, he has also made the television final table. During the sixth season of the WPT in February 2008, Ivey made the final table at the LA Poker Classic at Commerce Casino that included Phil Hellmuth and Nam Le, eventually capturing the $1,596,000 first prize and putting an end to his streak of seven WPT final tables without a victory. Ivey has earned close to three million dollars in WPT cashes. Ivey made his debut on the European Poker Tour in Barcelonamarker, September 2006. He came to the final table of nine as the chipleader, but he eventually came in second to Bjørn-Erik Glenne from Norwaymarker.

Other tournaments

In 2006, Ivey was enticed to Londonmarker to participate in The London All Star Challenge of the inaugural European Poker Masters. Not only Europe's first-ever independent poker tour, the EPM boasted the best lineup of players ever seen in Europe. As one of the favorites, Ivey made it to the final table to finish seventh, and collected £6,700 ($12,534). In November 2005, Ivey won the $1,000,000 first prize at the Monte Carlo Millions tournament. Just one day after, Ivey took home another $600,000 for finishing first at "The FullTiltPoker.Net Invitational Live from Monte Carlomarker". His six opponents were (in reverse finishing order) Mike Matusow, Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Chris Ferguson, Dave Ulliott, and John Juanda.

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $13,500,000. $4,865,010 of his total winnings have come from cashes at the WSOP.

Other poker activities

Ivey is a regular participant in the $4,000-$8,000 mixed cash game at the Bellagio hotelmarker in Las Vegasmarker (often referred to as the Big Game). In February 2006, he played heads-up Limit Texas Hold'em versus Texasmarker billionaire Andy Beal. With stakes at $25,000/$50,000, Ivey won over $16,000,000 over the course of three days. Ivey was playing for "The Corporation", a group of poker professionals who pooled their money and took turns playing against Beal. Earlier in the month, Beal had beaten the Corporation out of $10,000,000. After losing to Ivey, Beal claimed (not for the first time) that he was giving up poker.

On the January 22, 2007 airing of NBC's Poker After Dark, Ivey won the $120,000 winner-take-all "Earphones Please" tournament by eliminating Mike Matusow, Tony G, Andy Bloch, Phil Hellmuth and Sam Farha. On the April 15, 2007 airing of NBC's "National Heads-Up Poker Championship", Ivey was defeated by actor Don Cheadle. The loss marked the third consecutive year Ivey had been eliminated in the first round from this tournament. His streak ended in 2008, when he advanced to the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Chris Ferguson. Phil Ivey was one of the players who took part in season three of GSN's High Stakes Poker.

Online Poker

Ivey is part of the design team for Full Tilt Poker. He can often be found playing online at Full Tilt, playing high-stakes cash games up to $500-$1000 no-limit and $2000-$4000 limit under the tag Phil Ivey. According to, Phil Ivey earned $1.99 million on FullTilt in 2007 and $7.34 million in 2008.

Outside of poker

Ivey is a Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets fan and can often be seen wearing basketball jerseys. During the 2003 WSOP, he was wearing a Steve Francis jersey when he was eliminated in 10th place. He has stated that he drives a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Ivey's hobbies include video games, prop betting and golf. He participated in the inaugural World Series of Golf, where he finished in third place. This tournament is a cross between poker and golf, with each player having to bet or fold on each hole. Ivey resides in Las Vegasmarker with his wife, Luciaetta.


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