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Phil Ivey – A Living Poker Legend


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Phill Ivey is among the youngest best poker players in this chart. He was born in 1977 in California but moved to New Jersey when he was still a baby. He graduated from Old Bridge High School and started working at a telemarketer firm in the late 1990s. Meanwhile, he was gambling illegally with a face ID in Atlantic City.


Indeed Phil is one of the people with many nicknames. One given in the telemarketing company was “No Home Jarome”, then in 2002 he got the nickname “The Phenom”. His most recognizable and famous nickname is “the Tiger Woods of Poker”. But how did his pro career start?

After a few years of practice and a built bankroll, he won his first WSOP bracelet (2000), getting almost $200k as a reward, and this was just the beginning. Up to this date, all assets of Phil Ivey go above 100 million US dollars, which makes him one of the richest gamblers in the world.


He is one of the significant figures of the last two decades that proved that poker is not only a game and entertainment but a profession and sport like any other.


For over 20 years in the game, Phil Ivey won ten WSOP bracelets and one WPT title, but this is far from everything. He was part of the so-called “the Corporation” group, a collective fund gathered by some of the best poker players in the US. The members of the Corporation changed during the years, but the most significant win was the one against Andrew Beal, where they were able to acquire $16 million in three days. Phil Ivey was among the leading players in this game.




The whole story of these three poker days was told in the book The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King written by Michael Craig. In recent years you can encounter him playing online poker on different platforms. Phil is definitely among the best poker players in the world and, of course, a proud member of the poker hall of fame since 2017. Unlike many other gamblers and poker players, he knows how to manage his funds.

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