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Poker Prodigy Series – Phil Ivey

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Phil Ivey

Ten-time WSOP Bracelet winner, Phil Ivey, is the next installment of our Poker Prodigy Series for you to get inspired before going into the online poker rooms.

The forty-seven-year-old Californian was undoubtedly a poker prodigy given his teenage days taking money off his fellow telemarketing workers in New Jersey through to hustling in Atlantic City, where he was nicknamed “No Home Jerome”. The nickname came from Ivey’s fake ID, which he secured so that he could use his talents on the card table before he came of age!

Phil Ivery

His other nicknames were “The Phenom”, and later in his career, during the heyday of televised pro-celebrity card games, the announcers called him the “Tiger Woods of Poker”.

Poker’s True Allrounder and His WSOP Achievements

Many of Phil Ivey’s poker peers regard him as the best all-around poker player in the world. His ability to be the best or one of the best at the table in all card games is legendary

As mentioned earlier, Ivey is a holder of ten WSOP Bracelets, but it is much more than that, as he holds the record for the most bracelets won in non-Hold’em events with all ten of his bracelets coming in those events as follows:

  • 2000 – $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
  • 2002 – $2,500 Seven card stud Hi/Lo
  • 2002 – $2,000 S.H.O.E.
  • 2002 – $1,500 Seven card stud
  • 2005 – $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
  • 2009 – $2,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
  • 2009 – $2,500 Omaha Hi/Low / Seven card stud Hi/Lo
  • 2010 – $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
  • 2013 – $2,200 Mixed Event (Australia)
  • 2014 – $1,500 Eight Game Mix

Don’t be mistaken into believing that Ivey did not have success in No Limit Hold’em events, as he made eight WSOP final tables in the discipline.

Hold’em Tournament Poker Wins

Although he never won a WSOP Bracelet for Hold’em, Phil Ivey won a slew of big tournaments in the variant away from the Series. His biggest No Limit Hold’em win was the 2008 Los Angeles Poker Classic for $1,600,000 on the World Poker Tour.

Other notable hold’em success around the world came in the Monte Carlo Millions for $1,000,000, the 2014 Aussie Millions for $4,000,000 and he defended his crown in 2015 for $2,500,000.

Amazingly, as of writing, Phil Ivey has accumulated over $38 million in live poker earnings, of which only $9 million comes from the WSOP.

Cash Game Prowess

Unusually, Phil Ivey was a cash game poker player turned MTT Tournament player.

That cash game prowess followed him throughout his illustrious career from those humble beginnings through the decades to the heady days of the new millennium, when he won $16,000,000 in three days at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

Ivey was known for his powers of concentration and perseverance, often plying his trade for days without sleep in the highest rolling cash games. There is no doubt he was the major cash game predator of the Boom period of the new millennium when many rich businessmen found themselves drawn into and ultimately out of their depth in the biggest stakes cash games in town.

Edge Sorting Controversy Follows Ivey

Phil Ivey has not been seen as often on the card tables in the last decade, with much of his energy used in litigation.

In 2012, it was reported that Ivey won $12 million playing Punto Banco at Crockfords Casino, in London. However, he was denied payment of his winnings apart from his initial $1 million stake due to allegations of edge sorting.

Two years later, the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City sued Ivey, citing that he cheated at Baccarat by taking advantage of a defect in the make of cards manufactured by Gemaco. Incidentally, they made the decks of cards used by Crockfords two years earlier.

After the US Marshals issued a writ at the 2019 World Series of Poker to seize his 2019 winnings, they came to a settlement.

The Phil Ivey’s Story

As you can see here at Joe Wager, we charted Phil Ivey’s legendary Poker career from his humble beginnings of New Jersey home games into his illegal forays into Atlantic City when under the legal age of gambling via a fake ID.

What we found was a winner on all levels, from the biggest cash games in the world to the very biggest tournaments. His ability to play the whole range of card games is legendary amongst his peers, and certainly, his WSOP record haul of non-Hold’em games illustrates this.

Recent years have seen him fighting in the courtrooms but what you do know is, when Phil Ivey is back, it will be in the biggest cash games or tournaments in town.

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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