Phil Ivey – The Tiger Woods Of Poker

Posted September 3, 2009 by Andrew in Articles

Phil IveyIf Taylor Caby is the Harry Potter of Poker, then Phil Ivey is the Tiger Woods of this game. This young man earned this moniker because of the classy way he plays. At a very young age of 8, Phil Ivey learned the basics of poker from his grandfather who would deal him hands of penny-ante Five-Card Stud. Ivey’s grandpa wanted to teach the young child the dangers of gambling but ended up encouraging him to learn more about the game.

Young kids and teenagers often profess what they want to be in the future when they grow up. The most common answers would be to become a doctor, a lawyer, or similar professions. Phil Ivey was quite different from most youngsters, though. When he was a teen, he told everyone that he would be a professional gambler. At 16, instead of playing football or basketball with his peers, he sat down with adults to play poker. He won brilliantly and went around searching for more chances to play.

Phil Ivey’s genius is not limited to one type of poker. Throughout his teen years, he honed and sharpened his skills in various poker games. From Limit Hold ‘em to No Limit Hold ‘em to Stud and Omaha, he kept on playing to learn and master the games. Even before he was 18 years old, he started playing in Atlantic City casinos. He did this by obtaining a fake ID for himself.

When he turned 21, however, there was no stopping Phil Ivey. He made two final tables and proceeded to win himself a bracelet in the World Series of Poker in 2000. This great win was made even more amazing by the fact that some of the players he beat in that game included Amarillo Slim and Phil Helmuth! Two years later, in 2002, he won three more World Series of Poker bracelets in the following categories: Seven-Card Stud, Stud Hi/Lo, and SHOE (a rotation of Stud, Hold ‘em, Omaha, and Stud Hi/Lo). His winning streak didn’t end there as he won his 5th bracelet in the 2005 World Series of Poker.

His wins are not limited to the WSOP. He has had numerous money finishes in the World Poker Tour and one in the European Poker Tour. Of course, aside from these famous poker tournaments, Ivey has had countless wins in cash games, especially at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Ivey is also part of FullTiltPoker design team. Of course, he plays online poker regularly as well.

Though Phil Ivey is definitely one of the most brilliant poker players today, he has not limited his world to poker. He is quite well known for his passion for basketball, being a Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers fan. Aside from basketball, his other hobbies include video games and he has reportedly taken up golf as well. This goes to show that you don’t need to spend every waking hour honing your game.


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