Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey ( born February 1, 1976 in Riverside, California) is an American professional poker player.

The first years

Phil Ivey grew up in New Jersey and perfected a his skills in poker in games against his colleagues at a telemarketing company in New Brunswick in the late 90s. It turned out that Phil is not only a great seller, but also a talented card player.

The track at the poker table

World Series of Poker

Even though he now focuses less on tournaments, but more on cash games, he is a thoroughly successful tournament player. He won three titles at the World Series of Poker in 2002 and moved into the category of most wins in a year with Phil Hellmuth and Ted Forrest same.

He has also won bracelets in the Pot Limit Omaha at the World Series of Poker in 2000 and 2005. In addition to its eight bracelets Phil Ivey was the main event very successful. From 2002 to 2005, he was three times in the Top 25, with the number of participants grew from year to year. In the Main Event in 2002 he reached the 23th place in 2003, the tenth and 2005 the 20th Place. His sixth and seventh bracelet he then secured at the World Series of Poker 2009, when he in Event 8, Deuce to Seven Single Draw, ( prize money: $ 96.361 ) and the Event 25, Omaha / Seven Card Stud HL / 8 or Better ( prize money $ 220,538 was able to prevail ). He then ranked in the list of multiple bracelet winner with 32 years already ranked 5th together with Erik Seidel.

When Main Event 2009 Phil Ivey made ​​the final table and was part of the November Nine. In the end, he finished in seventh place.

In the World Series of Poker 2010 Ivey won his eighth bracelet in Event 37 $ 3,000 HORSE the Tournament. Since 2013 WSOP tournaments are conducted outside of America and Europe. When held since 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific in the starting year five bracelets were played. Ivey won the $ 2,200 Mixed Event with 81 players, thus securing $ 51,840 and his ninth bracelet. He is, along with Johnny Moss in fourth place of the most successful poker players in the WSOP.

Bracelets World Series of Poker

World Poker Tour

The World Poker Tour Phil Ivey succeeded several times to reach the final table. In the Los Angeles Poker Classic in February 2008 he finally celebrated his first WPT title and $ 1,596,100. Interestingly, he parted with his previous attempts several times with the same starting hand, namely ace-queen.

European Poker Tour

Other tournaments

On November 20, 2005 Phil Ivey won the $ 1,000,000 top prize, endowed with the Monte Carlo Millions tournament. Only five days later, on 25 November 2005, he won the grand prize of $ 600,000 in a tournament which was organized by and broadcast live from Monte Carlo. The other six players were Mike Matusow, Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Chris Ferguson, Dave Uliott and John Juanda.

At the Aussie Millions 2010, he finished the High Roller event ( 100,000 AUD buy-in ) 2nd place, which he temporarily took the 1st place in the money list.

In January 2014 its revenues are in excess of $ 17,600,000.

Cash Games

Phil is a regular participant in the Joint 4.000/8.000- $ game at the Bellagio, which is often referred to as The Big Game. In February 2006, he was playing Limit Texas Hold'em against the Texas billionaire Andrew Beal with stakes of $ 50,000 and $ 100,000. He won in three days, a total of 16 million dollars and played for the " Corporation ", a group of professional poker players to put together to play one after the other against Beal their money. At the beginning of the same month Beal had won by the Corporation ten million U.S. dollars. After he lost to Phil Ivey, said Beal (not for the first time ) that he would give up the game of poker.


Phil is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets and often wears basketball jerseys. At the WSOP 2003, he was the player Steve Francis jersey, when he reached the tenth place. His hobbies are video games, completing side bets and, more recently, golf. He is a member of the design team of Full Tilt Poker ( a provider of online poker).

Phil Ivey lived with his wife in Las Vegas. He often joked that he knocked down comes home after he lost thousands of dollars in money games to his ex-wife (divorced since December 2009) to have comfort, the small amounts lost in online poker while he was gone. Between 2009 and 2011, Phil Ivey almost 11 million euros of Full Tilt Poker has borrowed in the form of loans.