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An In-Depth Look in the Life of Poker Pro Phil Ivey

Tags: high stakes, Phil Ivey.
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 by "T".

In the world of poker, when someone mentions the name Phil Ivey, most people would throw out a flurry of various topics surrounding the controversial and mysterious poker pro. However, whatever they say, Phil Ivey is still considered as one of the world's best poker players of today.

Under his belt already Phil Ivey has 1 WPT title, 8 WSOP bracelets and 9 final tables, with an estimate of more than $16,000,000 in live tournament earnings (excluding online poker and cash game winnings). At age 33, he was the youngest player ever to win 8 bracelets, and he is also the player in poker history who has acquired bracelets in the shortest period of time.

The early times in the life of Phil Ivey
On February 1, 1976, Phillip Dennis Ivey Jr. was born in Riverside, California. When he was just 3 months of age, his family moved to Roselle, New Jersey.

When Ivey was 17 years old, he was employed at a telemarketing company in New Jersey. This was the time of his life when he began to regularly sneak into Atlantic City's card rooms to play poker, and showing a fake ID named Jerome Graham. It surely wasn't a cake walk for him, because he had to endure a 2-hour bus ride to Atlantic City and another 2 hours to go back home. Daily for 2 years, he endured this ordeal.

On the East Coast back in the 1990s, Atlantic City was in its heyday as a gambling center. Other states that time did not yet have casinos, and online poker was not available yet at that time. Because of that, many talented players swarmed in Atlantic City, and that includes true blue poker professionals.

Of course, just like most normal humans, Phil Ivey actually used to be super bad at playing poker before he turned into a successful pro. Other famous players (which are also Ivey's friends up to this day) such as Barry Greenstein and Daniel Negreanu were amazed at his transformation - he was so bad before that Ivey was deemed a "sucker" at a table. Many times he lost money and his opponents were happy to take it away from him. Greenstein observed that Ivey played too loose and got himself in bad spots during a game. Negreanu noticed that Ivey opted to play almost every hand, which is not a wise decision to win money on a table.

When Ivey reached 22 years old, Negreanu then noticed something new about him - Ivey casts a stare into the eyes of his opponents during a game, giving them chills - a stare that also became his trademark. This stare seemingly makes the recipient feel that his soul is being looked into. With Ivey's trademark stare, his opponents have a hard time putting him on a hand or trying to bluff him. True that he had been an initially bad player at 17, but since then as he played more hands, he learned more about the game, his mistakes, studied his opponents, and the more he played against various styles, he effectively mastered his game.

Ivey on the professional poker field
Next that Ivey did was to join the world of professional poker gaming, along with other pros like Allen Cunningham, John Juanda and Daniel Negreanu. The four players traveled together and at the same time deconstructed their plays. Because Ivey was a loose-aggressive type of player and Juanda was reserved in his style of play, they've had amazing discussions and learned valuable techniques because they were polar opposites in the world of poker.

All of the knowledge and debates shared amongst players have definitely paid off. When Greenstein had to face against Ivey at the WSOP Main Event in 2002, he said that Ivey's play had completely metamorphosed as he was completely different from the young teen player named "Jerome" in Atlantic City.

Phil Ivey finally got the recognition he deserves when he won his first WSOP bracelet in 2000, and from then on, he has been making his mark on every cash game and tournament he plays on. He relentlessly tries to confuse his opponents, so much that some are either intimidated at playing against him, or many have decided to throw away better hands out of respect for his poker prowess.

Phil Ivey Today
Any news on Phil Ivey's whereabouts as the 2017 WSOP is ongoing always piques up any poker fan's interest. As of now in this year's WSOP, the 41-year-old did not play in any of the events, not even the $10,000 Buy-in World Championship Main Event.

Reports say that Phil Ivey has been spending his sweet time playing the big cash games in the prestigious Bobby's Room in Bellagio, and the games are so juicy and intense there was even interesting news saying that his ‘bodyguard' body slammed another in the room.

If you wish to look deeper into Phil Ivey's history and if you're a fan, the article entitled "Phil Ivey's Semi-Bluff" is surely going to be an eye-opener; however, please know that it doesn't answer the reason why Ivey skipped this year's WSOP.

Most people think that the most probable reason as to why Ivey did not participate in the WSOP events is that his £7.8 million edge-sorting case against Crockfords Casino is being reviewed by the Supreme Court, and his presence is required. Because of this, he is unable to play at this year's WSOP Main Event.

Even though he is absent in this year's WSOP tables, he is still a very strong candidate for 2017's Poker Hall of Fame.

Source:
https://theringer.com/phil-ivey-world-series-of-poker-51cd56b8cccf

 


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11 comments for "An In-Depth Look in the Life of Poker Pro Phil Ivey"

 pochui7/17/2017 4:58:21 PM GMT
ok ok so read this line carefully: "Of course, just like most normal humans, Phil Ivey actually used to be super bad at playing poker "... i though it's only me who is a sh1tty poker player, but this information kinda makes me feel like a normal human.
 Odysseus1017/17/2017 6:11:11 PM GMT
I'll bet that I'm worse than Pochui, and I'm not even close to a normal human.
 pajalnick7/17/2017 8:03:37 PM GMT
Personally for me this player is a very good player ... and not only online and offline .... I read on this site very much about his feats in the casino and I'm sure that he is a very good player with a phenomene memory
 Mober7/17/2017 9:04:19 PM GMT
I think he had more chances on getting paid from the tournament, than getting something
back from that case with the casino, which seems still open.
I wonder why he is keep chasing this one.
He could have made lots more, by playing poker all this time.
 Gerimantas7/18/2017 7:54:22 AM GMT
Yes phil ivey is a real legend at poker world and he has won bery big money in his career and this is what he lives from- a professional gambler, and also we see that he plays not only poker but many games in a casino, I think he is just very good player in anything that has risk.
 doubletop7777/18/2017 10:45:03 AM GMT
I do like to read about the back stories of these great players. Phil Ivey is widely regarded as the finest poker player in the world and he looks to have worked very hard to get there
 Mober7/18/2017 10:05:16 PM GMT
How hard poker players needed to work, to reach where they are right now?
In comparison with some other like federer which won in tennis once more.
There, i can see the hard work that needs to be done.
Not to mention that, the age plays a far more serious role.
He had to win lots of younger players, with better stamina for example.
And what do poker players do? Just sitting on a chair Smile
 DaCapo717/19/2017 6:48:36 AM GMT
Off course, Phil Ivey was one of the best and popular poker pros ever, but i don´t hear nothing about him in the last years. After the FullTilt "Black Day" he have no big support in my opinion. But i wish im good luck for the future for a "comeback".
 Mober7/19/2017 10:52:09 PM GMT
Everyone has its time. His probably is over when it comes playing poker and winning big.
Cause if that was the case, he wouldnt have stayed out of this wsop, chasing a lost case
with the casino.
He can surely afford the buy in for the wsop, unlike so many others.
 pajalnick7/20/2017 3:25:08 AM GMT
Posted by DaCapo71:
Off course, Phil Ivey was one of the best and popular poker pros ever, but i don't hear nothing about him in the last years. After the FullTilt "Black Day" he have no big support in my opinion. But i wish im good luck for the future for a "comeback".

Maybe he did not get big wins in poker tournaments, but he recently often becomes a provider of news about offline winnings in the casino ..... and in the casino get a win it seems to me much more difficult than when you play against the players .....
 CALICUL7/23/2017 5:03:33 PM GMT
Has won millions $ live and online. Is a very good professional player. This year has come in Poker Hall of Fame. No one has been professional since the beginning. This means that you can also become a professional player. Buy materials about the game you learn much better and in 8 years maybe you will become a professional players with few millions $ profit. Agree

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