Phil Ivey

Born in Riverside, California, Phil Ivey is recognized as one of the best poker players in the world. With eight World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and one World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship under his belt, Phil has come a long way from being an eighteen year old who played poker with a fake ID. Over the course of his career as a poker player, Phil has made over $13 million from just playing in live tournaments. A large percentage of the winnings (about $5 million), have come from his accomplishments at the WSOP. Phil established a career in poker in Atlantic City, where he played high-stakes games. He then entered the live tournaments circuit in 2000. Ivey

Accomplishments at the WSOP

In 2000, at the age of 23, Phil entered a WSOP tournament and won his first bracelet. He played at a Pot-Limit Omaha event with a $2,500 buy-in against professional players like Amarillo Slim and Phil Hellmuth.

Phil won three WSOP events in 2002, which brought him as many bracelets that year. He played at Stud Hi/Lo, Seven Card and HOSE. The last event had Holdem, Omaha Eight or Better, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Eight or Better. His win in this event showed his exceptional skills at all variants of poker. It is an accomplishment that only Ted Forrest and Phil Hellmuth had managed till then.

His fifth bracelet was won in 2005, at a Pot-Limit Omaha event with a $5,000 buy-in. That year, he came in second in the WSOP Circuit Event held in Lake Tahoe.

2006 saw Phil come in second at the WSOP Omaha Hi/Lo event with a $5,000 buy-in. He made it to the third place in HORSE, an event with all the games in HOSE and an additional Razz poker game. He won a total of $800,000 from the two events.

Phil won two bracelets in the 2009 WSOP Event and reached the finals of the main event. He won his sixth bracelet against 147 entrants to the No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball event. His seventh bracelet was won in an Omaha Stud Hi/Lo event. He won $96,000 in the first and $220,000 in the second.

Phil’s eighth bracelet was won in a 2010 WSOP HORSE event with a $3,000 buy-in. With this win, he became the youngest poker player in the world to have so many WSOP bracelets.

Phil’s Other Accomplishments in Poker

Between his WSOP wins of 2002 and 2005, Phil played at many World Poker Open events and won several of them. He also won at two Commerce and Bellagio events, a rare accomplishment for a 25 year old poker player.

In 2005, Phil won the second Monte Carlo Millions (MCM), the first poker tournament to be held in Monaco. Phil played against Paul Jackson in the tournament and won a million dollars. A year before that, Phil played in the first MCM tournament in which he was pitted against poker players of international acclaim. Nevertheless, he managed to grab all the attention at the tournament, even though he lost to Finn Jani Sointula.

Phil participated in a heads-up challenge of Limit Texas Holdem in 2006 against Andy Beal, a poker player and billionaire. He won it in under three days and took out $16 million from the match. This victory is one of the most memorable in Phil Ivey’s career in cash games. It made many in the poker industry sit up and take notice of him. All in Magazine, UK Gaming Awards and Bluff Magazine gave Phil the title of ‘Player of the Year’, in 2006. The same year, he played in the London All Star Challenge. This was the first independent poker tour for Europe and featured some of the best poker players to have played there.

In 2007, Phil walked away with the $120,000 prize that he won in the Poker After Dark “Earphones Please” tournament aired by NBC. He played against some of the top players in the poker world – Sam Farha, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, Andy Bloch and Tony G.

One of the most notable accomplishments for Phil is his win in the 2008 WPT LA Poker Classic Event. This was the eighth time he had entered the championship and he had to play against Nam Le and Phil Hellmuth. The amount of money he won at the event was among the top ten figures that anyone has landed in the tournament.

In addition to playing at live events, Phil Ivey was also a member of Full Tilt Poker, an online poker room, before Black Firday. He played cash games at the highest stakes. In the time he was a member of Team Full Tilt, Phil earned close to $8 million.

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