Though he’s been absent from the forefront of poker for several years, Phil Ivey is one of the greatest poker players in history. He was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2017. His origins are pretty simple
He’s from New Jersey. He started playing poker with co-workers in a telemarketing firm in the late 1990s. He used a fake id to get into the Atlantic City casinos and by 2002 had won three WSOP bracelets. After this his nickname was the Phenom he’s also been called the Tiger Woods of poker.
World Poker Tour
Phil Ivey has made nine WPT final tables. Ironically, he was eliminated in several of the with the same starting hand an Ace and Queen. Eventually, he won the $1.5 million dollar prize. His total take for WPT tourneys is over $3 million dollars.
Phil Ivey started his reign in the WSOP in 2002 with three bracelets. Since then, he’s gone on to win seven additional bracelets for a total of 10 bracelets. From his tournament results, he’s a great all around player. He has bracelets in Pot Limit Omaha, and H.O.R.S.E. among other poker events but hasn’t gotten the Main Event bracelet yet.
These are his cashes at the WSOP:
Year Event Result Winnings
2000 Limit 7 Card Stud (Event 3) 12th $5,145
2000 Pot Limit Omaha (Event 14) 1st $195,000
2001 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (Event 23) 6th $18,165
2002 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (Event 3) 9th $7,640
2002 Limit 7 Card Stud (Event 5) 1st $132,000
2002 Limit 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo (Event 10) 8th $5,860
2002 Limit 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo (Event 16) 1st $118,440
2002 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (Event 20) 14th $3,720
2002 Limit S.H.O.E (Event 23) 1st $107,540
2003 Limit Razz (Event 27) 2nd $36,000
2003 Limit 7 Card Stud (Event 31) 3rd $53,560
2003 Pot Limit Omaha w/re-buys (Event 33) 9th $10,720
2005 Omaha Hi-low Split (Event 5) 54th $2,410
2005 Pot Limit Omaha (Event 27) 1st $635,603
2006 Limit Hold’em (Event 4) 21st $9,476
2006 Omaha Hi-low Split (Event 12) 2nd $219,208
2006 H.O.R.S.E. (Event 20) 3rd $617,760
2007 World Championship Seven Card Stud (Event 11) 2nd $143,820
2007 H.O.R.S.E. (Event 26) 4th $65,424
2008 H.O.R.S.E. (Event 22) 24th $7,998
2008 World Championship Seven Card Stud (Event 14) 9th $37,130
2008 World Championship H.O.R.S.E. (Event 45) 12th $159,840
2008 H.O.R.S.E. (Event 2) 6th £13,750
2009 Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball (No-Limit) (Event 8) 1st $96,367
2009 Omaha/Seven Card Stud HL/8 or Better (Event 25) 1st $220,538
2009 Pot-Limit Omaha (Event 30) 44th $4,883
2010 Event #27: Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better 52nd $3,182
2010 Event #33: Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha 12th $16,074
2010 Event #37: H.O.R.S.E. 1st $329,840
2012 Event #15: Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 7th $34,595
2012 Event #24: Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 3rd $136,046
2012 Event #32: H.O.R.S.E. 5th $99,739
2012 Event #35: Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) 8th $21,699
2013A Event #3: Mixed Event 1st $51,840
2014 Event #12: Pot-Limit Hold’em 22nd $5,030
2014 Event #48: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 30th $6,836
2014 Event #50: Eight Game Mix 1st $166,986
Phil Ivey’s magic touch extended to online poker as well. Per highstakesdb, Phil Ivey has won nearly $20 million playing at Full Tilt Poker between 2007 and 2010. He was also a key figure there before Black Friday.
Phil Ivey purchased Legopoker and merged it with Ivey League poker. The site doesn’t have much going on. It’s primarily a poker training/strategy site that is very quiet if it’s still open.
In 2012, Ivey was invited to play a Crockford’s casino in London. There he won over $10 million dollars. But the casino refused to pay. Ivey stated he used edge sorting to give him and an advantage but the high courts of England ruled that it is cheating. Around the world, most casinos can’t afford to pay out that much to anyone. And I’ve seen several cases where winners have won and casinos refused to pay and in each case, they have in court. The connection with the casinos and local government is often stronger than any player and a casino.
It makes poker a great game to play in case of big win since the players are fueling the pot not the casino.
Phil Ivey Going Forward
He’s avoided 3 years of WSOP tournaments and has been out of the spotlight other than the edge sorting case. He could still be playing at the Bellagio Casino, his regular place in Vegas or maybe not. In any case, he’s left a great legacy on the world of poker and has inspired many of today’s top players as well.