Regarded by many as the best all-round poker player in the
world, Phil Ivey has won an astonishing 8 World Series of Poker
bracelets, one World Poker Tour title, and has made it to nine WPT
final tables. As of 2012, his total live tournament winnings
amounted to in excess of $16,000,000; he is ranked second place on
the all-time money list behind Erik Seidel (who's tournament
winnings as of 2011 exceeded $16,600,000). As of October 2012, Phil
Ivey's earnings totalled to over $17.5 million in live tournaments
and another $19 million in online poker cash games.
Ivey first started playing poker seriously against his
telemarketing colleagues in New Brunswick in the late 1990s. In
addition to the nickname "The Tiger Woods of Poker", Ivey was also
known as "No Home Jerome" which comes from the ID card he secured
in his early poker days to practice in Atlantic City, New
Ivey is an avid basketball follower, and as such can often be seen
wearing basketball jerseys in public. He is a fan of the Houston
Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Buffalo Bills. Aside from
following basketball, Ivey spends his spare time prop betting and
playing video games.
Ivey and his (now ex-) wife Luciaetta divorced (through filing a
joint petition) in 2009 after seven years of marriage. Phil Ivey
now lives in Las Vegas.
Interesting Fact: Phil Ivey is a keen golfer, and
finished third place in the inaugural World Series of