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Phil Ivey Biography

Phil Ivey >7 WSOP Bracelets
>1 WPT Championship
>$13.8 Million in Career Tournament Earnings

Phil Ivey plays online exclusively at Full Tilt Poker.

Raised in New Jersey, Phil’s poker career began in Atlantic City. He made his name as a high-stakes player before moving on to the live tournament circuit in 2000. It was then, at the age of 23, Phil won his first World Series of Poker title, beating Phil Hellmuth and Amarillo Slim in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. 

2002 saw Ivey claim three more WSOP bracelets, winning the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud, $2,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo and $2,000 SHOE events. Over the next couple of years, his success continued with wins in a World Poker Open event, two Bellagio and two Commerce events. In addition to these performances, he also made several WPT final tables – impressive results for a player only 25 years of age.

In 2005, Phil earned his 5th WSOP bracelet in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event, and made two WPT final tables. He finished in 2nd place in the WSOP Circuit Event at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, before winning the Monte Carlo Millions tournament for $1 million in prize money. Phil then went on to win a further $600,000 just 24 hours later, with a first-place finish at "The FullTiltPoker.Net Invitational Live from Monte Carlo."

In January 2006, Phil was named Player of the Year by the UK Gaming awards, “Bluff Magazine” and “All In Magazine”. His incredible run continued at the 2006 WSOP, with a 2nd place finish in the $5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo event and a 3rd place finish in the $50K HORSE event, winning over $800K in total. He also increased his reputation through the heads-up Phil Ivey vs. Andy Beal challenge, where he won over $16 million in just three days by playing against the poker billionaire.

The following year, Phil won the "Earphones Please" episode of “Poker After Dark” for $120K before making the final table in the 2007 WSOP $5K HORSE event. In 2008, Phil made his 8th appearance at the WPT Championships, where he won his first ever WPT title and landed in the top ten on the all-time tournament money list.

In 2009, Phil has proven himself as one of the greatest players of all time by winning two WSOP bracelets and by making it to the final table of the Main Event.

His 6th gold bracelet came in the $2.5K No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball event when he bested a field of 147 entrants, including some of the world’s top poker players, for more than $96K. He won his 7th bracelet in the $2.5K Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo event for over $220K in prize money, a victory which ties Phil in fourth place with Billy Baxter for All-Time Bracelet wins.

The 2009 WSOP Main Event final table saw another command performance from Ivey. He finished in 7th place, adding just over $1.4 million to his career tournament earnings. To date, he has cashed in 36 WSOP events.

Phil started 2010 on a high note, taking the top spot on the All-Time Money List with a 2nd place finish in the Aussie Millions AU$100K Challenge, bringing his career tournament earnings to over $12.8.

Phil currently lives in Las Vegas. When he’s not playing poker, he can often be found playing golf near his home.

Career Highlights

Bellagio Cup VI/ WPT Season 9 3rd $363,650 Jul 11, 2010
WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship
41st World Series of Poker 2010 1st $329,840 Jun 19, 2010
Event #37 - WSOP H.O.R.S.E
Aussie Millions 2nd $502,925 Jan 23, 2010
No Limit Hold'em $1000,000 Challenge
40th World Series of Poker 2009 7th $1,404,014 Nov 7, 2009
Event #57 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Championship
40th World Series of Poker 2009 1st $220,538 Jun 11, 2009
Event #25 - WSOP Omaha & 7 Card Stud Hi / Lo
LA Poker Classic / WPT Event Season 6 1st $1,596,100 Feb 28, 2008
Event #29 - WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship
Barcelona Open PokerStars EPT/Season 3  2nd $486,240 Sep 16, 2006
EPT No Limit Hold'em
37th Annual World Series of Poker 3rd $617,760 Jul 14, 2006
Event #20 - WSOP No Limit H.O.R.S.E
37th Annual World Series of Poker 2nd $219,208 Jul 6, 2006
Event #12 - WSOP Omaha Hi/Lo
Full Tilt Poker Invitational 1st $600,000 Nov 25, 2005
No Limit Hold'em $120,000 Full Tilt Poker Invitational
Monte Carlo Millions 1st $1,000,000 Nov 23, 2005
No Limit Hold'em
36th Annual World Series of Poker 20th $304,680 Jul 15, 2005
Event #42 - WSOP World Championship - No Limit Hold'em
36th Annual World Series of Poker 1st $630,685 Jun 26, 2005
Event #27 - WSOP Pot Limit Omaha
Harrah's Lake Tahoe Poker Tournament - WSOP Circuit Event 2nd $299,360 May 11, 2005
Event #12 - WSOP Circuit Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
Five-Star World Poker Classic - WPT Championship Season 3 6th $264,195 Apr 24, 2005
WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
Poker Superstars Invitational 3rd $400,000 Feb 9, 2005
No Limit Hold'em
Championship Poker at Turning Stone 1st $500,000 Jul 14, 2004
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
Five-Star World Poker Classic - WPT Championship Season 1 3rd $253,313 Apr 18, 2003
WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
Jack Binion World Poker Open 4th Year - WPT Season 1 2nd $291,030 Jan 31, 2003
WPT No Limit Hold'em
* Only tournaments with winnings more than $200,000 are listed.

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