Phil Ivey

Name
Phil Ivey
Country
United StatesUnited States
City
Las Vegas, Nevada
Total winnings
$ 21,252,120
Cashes
130
First place Finishes
27

Biography

Phil Ivey is widely considered as the best player in the game today. He is often referred to as the “Tiger Woods of poker” for his resemblance to the golf professional and also because he expects to win every time he performs to his greatest ability.

Intro

Phil Ivey was born on Feb. 1, 1977, in Riverside, California, but he moved to Roselle, New Jersey when he was just three months old. Ivey won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2000 at the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event collecting $195,000. Since then he won another seven bracelets, as well as one World Poker Tour title which he scored at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic in 2008. Today Phil Ivey is one of the leading poker players in total lifetime tournament winnings.

Background

Jerome Graham got his start playing poker in the casinos of Atlantic City when he was just 21 years old. What the casinos didn’t know was that Jerome’s real name was Phil Ivey, and that his real age was 18. It was only after a few years of fake I.D. use that Ivey legally turned 21 and was of age to play in the casinos.

World Series of Poker

In 2000, Ivey took on the WSOP, cashing in three events. The third cash out of the three proved to be his best when he took home the bracelet and almost $200,000 in prize money. Ivey wasted little time in returning to WSOP glory when just two years later he won three more bracelets after cashing in seven events. In the following years Ivey won another three bracelets and scored 42 money finishes.

However, none of the bracelets were as profitable as Ivey's 7th place finish at the 2009 WSOP Main Event when he collected over $1,4 million in cash after making his first final table in the world's biggest poker event.

Phil Ivey's Top 9 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2000$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha1st$195,000
2002$1,500 7 Card Stud1st$132,000
2002$2,500 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo1st$118,440
2002$2,000 Limit S.H.O.E.1st$107,540
2005$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha1st$635,603
2009$2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo1st$220,538
2009$2,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw1st$96,367
2010$3,000 H.O.R.S.E.1st$329,840
2013A$2,200 Mixed Event1stA$51,840

World Poker Tour

In 2003, Ivey made a name for himself on the WPT circuit at the Five-Star World Poker Classic where he won two events and placed third in the Main Event. Then in 2005 he finished sixth at the Five-Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Main Even for more than $260,000 in cash. Ivey collected his first WPT title in 2008 when he took down the L.A. Poker Classic Main Event in 2008 taking home almost $1.6 million in prize money. In 2010 Ivey scored his second biggest WPT cash after finishing third in the Bellagio Cup VI $10,000 Championship event collecting over $360,000.

Phil Ivey's Top 5 WPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2008L.A. Poker Classic $9,900 Championship1st$ 1,596,100
2003Jack Binion World Poker Open $10,000 Championship2nd$290,130
2005World Poker Challenge $5,000 Championship Event3rd$163,908
2003Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Championship3rd$253,313
2010Bellagio Cup VI $10,000 Championship3rd$363,650

European Poker Tour

Ivey made his first appearance on the European Poker Tour circuit in 2006 when he entered the EPT Barcelona Open €4,800 Main Event and finished in second place for €371,000. In 2010 he scored another EPT cash after finishing 59th at the EPT London £5,000 Main Event/UKIPT Grand Final for £13,000. Two years later Ivey made another deep run in the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo busting in 9th place for €73,200.

Phil Ivey's Top 3 EPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2006Barcelona Open €4,800 Main Event2nd€ 371,000
2012Grand Final, Monte Carlo €25,000 8 Max High Roller9th€73,200
2010London £5,000 Main Event/UKIPT Grand Final59th£13,000

Other Achievements

Ivey is also known for winning big tournaments outside the US. Back in 2005 he scored a first-place finish at the Monte Carlo Millions for $1 million while in 2012 he took down the Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller event collecting a cash prize of more than $2 million. That same year Ivey final tabled the Macau High Stakes Challenge Super High Roller event taking home over $800,000 for his 8th place finish.

Tournaments aren't all that Phil Ivey does though. He is a regular fixture in the “Big Game” in Vegas where he locks horns with some of the greatest players in the game today including Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, Chau Giang, and Jennifer Harman. It’s even reported that Phil won over $16 million from banker Andy Beal after he challenged some of the best high-stakes players to a match.

Sponsorship

Phil Ivey was one of the founders of the Full Tilt Poker online poker site. For seven years he has been the ambassador and the icon of Full Tilt Poker as well as a member of the site's Team Pro until April 15th, 2011 a.k.a. Black Friday. After the site has lost its Aldreney e-gaming license in June 2011and seized its operations, Ivey had dissociated himself from Full Tilt, sued the company and boycotted the 2011 World Series of Poker claiming it would not have been fair for him to play when other players couldn't.

Did you know?

  • Phil Ivey was the 2003 WSOP Main Event bubble boy. He was eliminated by the eventual winner Chris Moneymaker, whose victory triggered the so called Moneymaker Effect.
  • Ivey is often referred to as the “Tiger Woods of Poker” not only due to his resemblance to the famous golfer, but also because Ivey likes to play golf himself. Ivey even participated in the inaugural World Series of Golf, where he finished in third place.

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Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2014 Aussie Millions
LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge1st4,000,000 AUD
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #18: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em14th$15,544
2013 Aussie Millions
$10,000 Main Event30th35,000 AUD
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em208th$3,119
Event 35: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em8th$21,699
Event 32: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.5th$99,739
Event 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better3rd$136,046
Event 17: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em2nd$275,559
Event 14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout118th$5,295
Event 15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better7th$34,595
The 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
€25,000 High Roller9th€73,200
2012 Aussie Millions
$250,000 Super High Roller1st2,000,000 AUD
Aussie Millions Main Event12th100,000 AUD
2011 Aussie Millions
A$ 25,000 Full Tilt Poker Invitational Shootout - Heat 28th
Poker After Dark VII
$ 100,000 Week 1 - Big Heat2nd
2010 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event80th$12,669
EPT London
£ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event (UKIPT Grand Final)59th£13,000
2010 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event19th£26,400
£ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - High Roller Heads-Up16th£22,847
Full Tilt Poker Late Night Poker 2010
Final2nd$100,000
$ 10,000 Heat 81st
FullTiltPoker.com - Doubles Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em - Finals3rd$100,000
$ 50,000 No Limit Hold'em - Qualifying Match 21st$5,000
Bellagio Cup VI
$ 10,000 WPT Championship3rd$363,650
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 3,000 H.O.R.S.E.1st$329,840
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha12th$16,074
$ 1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 852nd$3,182
$ 1,500 Limit Hold'em53rd$3,223
Pokerstars North American Poker Tour - Mohegan Sun
$ 4,700 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event29th$16,000
2010 Aussie Millions
A$ 100,000 $100,000 Challenge2nd600,000 AUD
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event91st$23,500
2009 World Series Of Poker - Europe
Caesars Cup - Europe vs USA2nd
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em7th$1,404,014
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout8th$16,739
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Omaha44th$4,883
$ 2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo1st$220,538
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em18th$18,467
$ 2,500 2-7 Lowball1st$96,367
Seventh Annual Five Star World Poker Classic
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event34th$40,855
Poker After Dark V
$ 20,000 Week 11 - Magnificent Six5th
2008 World Poker Finals
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event21st$27,135
2008 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 2,500 Limit H.O.R.S.E.6th£13,750
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 50,000 H.O.R.S.E.12th$159,840
$ 3,000 H.O.R.S.E.24th$7,998
$ 10,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud9th$37,130
2008 World Poker Challenge - WPT
$ 7,500 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event10th$46,832
NBC National Heads-Up Championship 2008
Finals3rd$125,000
2008 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 9,900 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event1st$1,596,100
Poker After Dark III
$ 20,000 Week 2 - "19th Hole"2nd
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 H.O.R.S.E4th$65,424
$ 5,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud2nd$143,820
Poker After Dark II
$ 50,000 Week 18 - Mega Match3rd
$ 20,000 Week 20 - Signature Week1st$120,000
Mirage Poker Showdown
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championships5th$129,684
Poker After Dark
$ 20,000 Week 83rd
$ 20,000 Week 41st$120,000
Pro-Am Equalizer Tournament
Final5th$25,000
Barcelona Open 2006
€ 4,800 EPT - No Limit Hold'em2nd€371,000
FullTiltPoker.com London All Star Challenge
£ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em7th£6,700
2006 World Series of Poker
$ 50,000 H.O.R.S.E.3rd$617,760
$ 5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo2nd$219,208
$ 1,500 Limit Hold'em21st$9,476
$120,000 Full Tilt Poker Pro Showdown
$ 120,000 No Limit Hold'em7th
WSOP Circuit Harrah's New Orleans
$ 10,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em14th$19,380
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3
Final 16 - Group D - Match 23rd
Final 16 - Group D - Match 14th
Heat 203rd
Heat 142nd
Heat 122nd
Heat 65th
Heat 25th
Crown Australian Poker Championships 2006
A$ 100,000 Speed Poker Million Dollar Challenge10th
$120,000 Full Tilt Poker Invitational
$ 120,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$600,000
2005 Monte Carlo Millions
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$1,000,000
2005 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em - World Championship Event20th$304,680
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha1st$635,603
$ 1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo54th$2,410
Harrah's Lake Tahoe Poker Festival
$ 10,000 WSOP Circuit Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em2nd$299,360
Third Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
$ 25,000 Main Event (WPT) - No Limit Hold'em Championship6th$264,195
2005 World Poker Challenge
$ 5,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em3rd$163,908
Rio Las Vegas Poker Festival
$ 10,000 WSOP Circuit Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em8th$63,270
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament
$ 400,000 Grand Final3rd$400,000
2004 Monte Carlo Millions
$ 14,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day3rd$100,000
2004 Borgata Poker Open - WPT
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day6th$105,700
World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions
No Limit Hold'em - Tournament of Champions8th
Championship Poker
$ 10,000 No-Limit Hold'em1st$500,000
2004 World Series of Poker
$ 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em34th$4,420
$ 2,000 No-Limit Hold'em14th$13,820
2003 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship Event10th$82,700
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Omaha9th$10,720
$ 5,000 Seven Card Stud3rd$53,560
$ 5,000 Razz2nd$36,000
2003 Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic WPT Championship
$ 25,000 WPT Championship - No Limit Hold'em3rd$253,313
$ 2,500 Omaha Hi/Lo1st$66,930
$ 1,500 Seven Card Stud1st$58,782
The Fourth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship - WPT2nd$290,130
2002 World Poker Finals
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event - WPT4th$75,650
Hall of Fame Poker Classic 2002
$ 1,500 Razz4th$3,670
$ 500 Omaha Hi/Lo4th$3,670
2002 Legends of Poker
$ 1,000 H.O.S.E.1st$13,050
$ 1,000 1/2 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo & 1/2 Limit Hold'em1st$19,350
California State Poker Championship 2002
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em10th$1,480
$ 500 7 Card Stud1st$17,600
$ 300 Pot Limit Hold'em26th$400
$ 300 Stud Hi/Lo Split4th$3,565
2002 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 Championship Event23rd$40,000
$ 2,000 S.H.O.E.1st$107,540
$ 2,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Split14th$3,720
$ 2,500 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo1st$118,440
$ 2,000 H.O.R.S.E.8th$5,860
$ 1,500 7 Card Stud1st$132,000
$ 1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo9th$7,640
2002 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 300 Limit Hold'em25th$2,559
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em1st$79,550
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha4th$5,600
$ 300 Pot Limit Hold'em21st$606
The Third Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
$ 10,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em Championship27th$8,148
$ 2,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em17th$2,697
$ 500 No Limit Texas Hold'em8th$4,171
2001 United States Poker Championship
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em9th$1,343
2001 World Poker Finals
$ 1,000 Limit Hold'em2nd$20,790
$ 500 Limit Hold'em4th$7,070
2001 Legends of Poker
$ 1,000 7 Card Stud7th$2,200
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$6,060
$ 1,000 Limit Hold'em5th$5,225
$ 300 No Limit Hold'em6th$2,565
Tournament Of Champions
$ 500 7 Card Stud7th$2,465
2001 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better6th$18,165
$ 2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better15th$4,775
The Second Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha6th$8,687
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em13th$1,248
$ 500 Pot Limit Omaha3rd$17,897
2001 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship8th$13,635
$ 500 Lowball8th$1,011
1st Annual World Poker Challenge
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha2nd$23,314
$ 1,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo7th$3,225
$ 300 Pot Limit Hold'em8th$1,985
2000 United States Poker Championship
$ 1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split5th$4,785
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em1st$39,035
2000 World Poker Finals
Final Table Pot Limit Omaha4th$3,900
2000 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Omaha1st$195,000
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em5th$35,640
$ 1,500 7 Card Stud12th$5,145
The First Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha6th$5,238
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha8th$4,777
$ 1,000 Seven Card Stud8th$1,571
$ 500 Limit Hold'em1st$53,297
Trop's Customer Appreciation Invitational tournament
Seven Card Stud1st$1,000
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