Phillip "Phil" Ivey was born in Riverside, California February 1, 1976. When he was only 3 months old he and his family moved across the country to Roselle, New Jersey. Phil's grandpa taught him to play poker when he was just a kid, Phil then crafted his game playing skills amongst his co-workers at a New Brunswick, New Jersey telemarketing firm in the late 90's.
Used a fake ID
When Phil was around 17 years old, he started going to Atlantic City to play poker for money. Of course he was too young to enter any of the casinos, but thanks to a fake ID card with the name "Jerome" on it he managed to get in. Phil used to play for 16-17 hours straight at the casino and sometimes he missed the last bus home so that he had to sleep on a bench near the casino. The casino staff used to call him "No home Jerome" because of that.
"My name is Phil"
When the day finally came when Phil Ivey turned 21 years old and could enter all casinos legally, he went to his favorite casino and told them "My real name is Phil". The casino staff just though it was funny and didn't get angry on him for using a fake ID card.
Great poker career
Phil Ivey has had a great poker career so far. He's one of the top 3 players through all time who have won the most money in live tournaments. Phil has won not less than 7 bracelets in different WSOP events, and on Saturday he has the chance to win his 8th bracelet. Phil is the big favorite to win the Main Event according to many investigations that have been made, both online and offline. Whether or not he lives up to the expectations will be very interesting to see!