In any given field, some members of the human race show extraordinary talent, which leaves many of us mesmerized; it is as if they were born to do what they do. In soccer, we have Messi, the Argentine football prodigy, In Athletics, there is Jamaican Usain Bolt, in golf there is the Tiger Woods and Basketball once marveled at the genius of Michael Jordan. When it comes to Texas Holdem Poker, the name that quickly comes to mind is of the American player-Phil Ivey. Phil Ivey is arguably the greatest player of his generation. His exploits playing poker both online and offline has earned him accolades and praise in the poker community. He is among the most respected, and feared players in Texas Holdem poker for the past decade, and despite his amazing exploits, he has remained level-headed and calm.
Where it all started:
Phil grew up in the state of Jersey, a state that is known for gambling, and it was not long before he was introduced to gambling by his grandfather at the age of eight. Phil and his grandfather used to play the game of five card stud. He started playing for money when he was 16 years of age. While working as a telemarketer at the age of 18, he purchased an identification card, and played under the name of “Jerome Graham” while playing at Atlantic Casino. His desire to win led to him branded “No home Jerome” because of the time he spent in the casino. He played under his adopted name until he came of age and started playing using his name, a name that has since earned a lot of respect and admiration.
An accomplished career:
Phil Ivey has had a career that most poker players hope to achieve. As at 2012, he had won cash prizes in excess of $16,000,000; of this $5,294,840 was earned at the World Series of poker. It is not difficult to understand what drives Phil; players and analyst of the game of agree that he has mastered the following fundamentals require if success is to be released: concentration, skills, an appetite for success. It is these traits that have earned him the name “Tiger woods’ of Poker”
Phil, ride to fame was when he won three bracelets at the 2002 WSOP circuit, this was a remarkable fete that made other players to start taking him more seriously. His place in poker folklore was cemented at the 2009 WSOP. Phil came to the tournament amid rumors on his prop bets, as the tournament progressed, he promptly won his first bracelet in the NO-limit 2-7 draw low ball event in the process defeating over 147 players, this fete made him claim his sixth WSOP title. In 2010, Phil earned his eight bracelets in a H.O.R.S.E event in a table that had accomplished players such as Chad Brown, Jeff Lisandro, and John Juanda.
Other notable events where he has emerged victorious includes the Monte Carlo millions tournament where he won $1,000,000. His appetite for success so him win $600,000 one day playing at “the fulltiltpoker.net. In 2007, he won $120,000 in the “Earphone Please” tournament in the process eliminating distinguished players like Sam Farha, Phil Hellmuth, Any Bloch, and Tony G. Recently, he won A$250,000 at the Aussie millions in the process defeating finish player Patrick Antonius. Phil is also a regular participant at the Bellagio hotel in Vegas.
Phil has a soft heart, and is actively engaged in philanthropy. Among the charities that he supports is Empowered 2 Excel. In 2008, he gave the charity organization $50,000. The charity works with underprivileged children.