On February 1, 1977, Phillip Dennis Ivey Junior was born in Riverside, California. He has won 10 World Series of Poker (W.S.O.P.) bracelets and one World Poker Tour (WPT).
As one of the world’s best poker players, he has reached the finals of nine World Poker Tour tables. He is often referred to as the “Tiger Woods” of Poker by his fellow players.
Phil Ivey won over $26 million in tournament winnings during 2018. The W.S.O.P provided a total of $6.66 million.
The World Series of Poker
Ivey beat fellow American Professional gambler Amarillo Slim for his first W.S.O.P. bracelet when he was 23 years old.
In 2002, Ivey played Split Poker, Limit Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Limit Seven Card Stud, and Limit Seven Card Stud. He also came 23rd in the W.S.O.P. main event.
As of 2009, Ivey had already won 8 bracelets, and in the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament, he received the most votes for Tournament of Champions. Phil Ivey won ten World Series of Poker bracelets in only 14 years, making him the youngest player ever to win so many bracelets so quickly.
What is he doing now?
In the past, Ivey faced several lawsuits, including one from Borgata Casino, which claimed he cheated with a technique called Edge Sorting. On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Marshals served a writ of execution on Phil Ivey at the 2019 W.S.O.P. Tournament and seized his winnings to pay the Borgata.
A messy divorce followed, as well as lawsuits with Full Tilt Poker for breach of contract.
He took quite a few years off from playing Poker Professionally as he felt he had lost his passion for Poker. However, he announced his return in November 2020 and is back to playing Poker Professionally.