The story behind the legend – Phil Ivey


Professional poker player Phil Ivey grabbed the headlines once more, as he made a surprise appearance at the World Series of Poker at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas on July 11, after a two-year absence.


The New Jersey native is considered by many as the best all-around player in the world, having won no less than ten World Series of Poker bracelets. At 39 years old, this impressive feat qualifies him as the youngest player to ever win this many. He also holds the record for most bracelets won in non-Holdem events. Moreover, he gained three of his ten WSOP bracelets in 2002, an achievement that brought him the nickname “The Phenom.”

As far as the WSOP Main Event is concerned, Ivey managed to finish in the top 25 four times between 2002 and 2009. His best result was in 2009 when he ranked 7th in the competition with winnings of $1,404,002.


For those out of the loop, the World Series of Poker tournaments are held each year in the greatest gambling city in the USA, Las Vegas, and are sponsored by Caesars Entertainment. This year’s edition is the 47th annual poker festival.

Phil Ivey is currently one of the world’s leading poker players regarding total lifetime tournament winnings. His passion for the game is easily observed in the way he plays.

Among his other tournament accomplishments, it’s worth noting that he has bracelets in Pot Limit Omaha from 2000 and 2005, won the $1,000,000 first prize at the Monte Carlo Millions tournament in 2005, and reached the final table at the London All-Star Challenge of the inaugural European Poker Masters in 2006, where he finished 7th and went home with £6,700 ($12,534).


The American player also has one World Poker Tour title and made it to nine World Poker Tour final tables throughout his gambling career. Known for playing high-stakes, he once beat Texas billionaire Andy Beal out of $16 million over the course of three days in $25,000/$50,000 No Limit Hold’em Heads Up.

Other than tournaments, Ivey participates in the “Big Game” in Vegas, where he competes against some of the greatest names in poker today, including Barry Greenstein, ChauGiang, Jennifer Harman, and Doyle Brunson.