Phil Ivey, also known as the Tiger Woods of poker, is one of the finest players in a new generation of poker pros that includes Allen Cunningham. Like Cunningham, Ivey is not a flash in the pan winner, instead achieving consistently on the professional poker circuit.
Phil Ivey Poker Celebrity & Career
Phil Ivey picked up poker playing amongst colleagues at a telemarketer firm in New Jersey while still a teenager. By the age of 23 Phil Ivey was ready to pit himself against top level players, and in 2000 won the first tournaments he ever competed in, winning over $50,000 at the Jack Binion World Poker Open.
Later that year Phil Ivey competed in his first World Series of Poker. He put in a series of brilliant performances, finishing in the money in two tournaments and winning $195,000 in the Pot Limit Omaha tournament.
In 2002 Phil Ivey became only the third player to win three bracelets at the World Series of Poker in a single year, tying with Phil Helmuth and Ted Forrest. Since this important year in his career, Phil Ivey has claimed one more WSOP bracelet, winning the $635,000 prize in the Pot Limit Omaha tournament in 2005.
Although highly successful in the World Series of Poker, Phil Ivey’s biggest wins have been achieved away from the WSOP spotlights. He is perhaps most famous for beating mathematican poker player Andy Beal out of $16,000,000 in a series of heads up games in 2006.
Phil Ivey has also won the grand prize in the World Poker Tour, claiming the tournament title and $1,500,000 in early 2008, thereby achieving success in this tough tournament at his eighth attempt. Phil Ivey has won two major prizes in Europe, taking the $1,000,000 main prize at the Monte Carlo Millions tournament and another $600,000 at the Full Tilt Invitational in Monte Carlo.
At present Phil Ivey has finished in the money on over 80 occasions. He also has 16 tournament wins to his name, and his career winnings are edging ever closer to the $10,000,000 mark.
Phil Ivey Profile: Playing Style
Despite a cool exterior, Phil Ivey does not rely on a theoretical or analytical game. All his lessons have been learnt from experience, and he puts them to good use using his extremely aggressive style of play. Phil Ivy puts his opponents constantly on the defensive, and is able to intimidate even the most experiences players with his strategy of all-out attack.