Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey

  • Date of Birth: 1976-02-01
  • Country: United States
  • Biggest Cash: $3,589,228

Lifetime Live Winnings

$ 30,331,578

World Series Of Poker

10 x World Series of Poker

  • Lifetime Cashes: 71
  • Cashes Total: $8,089,342
  • Biggest Cash: $1,404,014

WPT Championships

2 x WPT Championships

  • Lifetime Cashes: 6
  • Cashes Total: $1,188,057
  • Biggest Cash: $656,500

EPT Championships

0 x EPT Championships

  • Lifetime Cashes: 3
  • Cashes Total: $588,865
  • Biggest Cash: $472,297

High Rollers

7 x High Roller Tournaments

  • Lifetime Cashes: 29
  • Cashes Total: $17,362,221
  • Biggest Cash: $3,589,228
Poker Series Win FT ITM To FT % ITM ITM to W% $
WSOP 10 38 53.52% 71 14.08% $8,089,342
WPT 2 5 83.33% 6 33.33% $1,188,057
EPT 0 2 66.67% 3 0% $588,865
AUSSIE MILLIONS 3 5 62.50% 8 37.50% $8,109,163
HIGH ROLLERS 7 27 93.10% 29 24.14% $17,362,221
TRITON 1 2 100.00% 2 50.00% $2,271,837

Phil Ivey Biography & Poker Career

Phil Ivey is regarded by many people as being the most talented all-round poker player in the world, the best of the new generation.

He was introduced to poker by his grandfather, who’d deal out hands of penny-ante Five-Card Stud to his eight-year-old grandson. This introduction to poker ignited a passion, and by the time he was a teenager he would tell teachers and family that he was going to be a professional gambler.

At 16, after sitting in on a poker game hosted by a friend’s father and soundly beating everyone, he began looking for opportunities to play more frequently. Armed with a strong competitive streak he developed while making a name for himself in video game circles, Phil set out to take on the world.

At 18, he scored a fake ID and started frequenting the poker rooms in Atlantic City casinos, earning himself the nickname “No Home Jerome”, taken from the name on his ID Jerome Graham. He lost more than he won in the first few years but he was learning from his mistakes and it was all part of his poker education.

Phil won his first World Series of Poker bracelet at age 23, beating Phil Hellmuth, The Devilfish and Amarillo Slim Preston in a $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event.

Soon after, he began playing in high-stakes cash games in Las Vegas and quickly became one of the game’s most feared players. Then, in 2002, after moving west to Long Beach, CA, Ivey had a breakthrough year, winning three WSOP bracelets. His wins came in three different games: Seven-Card Stud, Stud Hi/Lo, and SHOE (a rotation of Stud, Hold ’em, Omaha, and Stud Hi/Lo), proving Ivey’s all-around mastery. His best WSOP Main Event finish so far is a 10th place in 2003.

He is definitley a proficient tournament player, but live cash games are where he really excels. He is widely regarded as an icon of the change in the poker playing demographic from the old timers to the young guns, often referred to as the “Tiger Woods” of poker, a name he is somewhat uncomfortable with. “Tiger is the best at his game. I’m not there, yet” says Phil.

Howard Lederer says that before his career is over, Ivey may well be considered the best player in poker’s history. Erik Seidel describes Ivey as possessing a “searing intelligence.”

In 2005, while playing a sparse tournament schedule, Ivey made two final tables in World Poker Tour events and two in WSOP Circuit events. Then in June, he won his fifth WSOP bracelet in a $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event. After the win, Ivey was asked if he felt he could overtake Brunson and Chan, who have 10 bracelets each. Ever confident, Ivey said, “I want to win 30.”

Phil married his high school sweetheart, Luciaetta, and currently lives with her in Las Vegas, Nevada. A source of strength throughout his career, he has said that without Luciaetta he wouldn’t be nearly as successful as he has been. She keeps him grounded, and he has joked about coming home dejected after losing thousands of dollars only to console his wife because of her losses in 5c/10c online poker games.


Phil Ivey’s Poker Career Highlights

Top 10 finishes & significant Poker scores for Phil Ivey:

Date Event / Tournament Buy In Place Winnings
2000-04-02 The First Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
Limit Hold'em
$500 1 $53,297
2000-04-06 The First Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
Seven Card Stud
$1,000 8 $1,571
2000-04-08 The First Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
Pot Limit Omaha
$1,000 8 $4,777
2000-04-12 The First Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
Pot Limit Omaha
$1,500 6 $5,238
2000-04-30 31st World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2000
No Limit Hold'em
$2,000 5 $35,640
2000-05-05 31st World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2000
Pot Limit Omaha
$2,500 1 $195,000
2000-12-03 2000 United States Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em
$500 1 $39,035
2000-12-09 2000 United States Poker Championship
Omaha Hi-Lo Split
$1,000 5 $4,785
2001-01-13 1st Annual World Poker Challenge
Pot Limit Hold'em
$300 8 $1,985
2001-01-21 1st Annual World Poker Challenge
Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
$1,000 7 $3,225
2001-01-23 1st Annual World Poker Challenge
Pot Limit Omaha
$1,000 2 $23,314
2001-02-15 2001 L.A. Poker Classic
Lowball
$500 8 $1,011
2001-02-24 2001 L.A. Poker Classic
No Limit Hold'em Championship
$5,000 8 $13,635
2001-03-26 The Second Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
Pot Limit Omaha
$500 3 $17,897
2001-04-09 The Second Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
Pot Limit Omaha
$1,000 6 $8,687
2001-05-11 32nd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2001
Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better
$5,000 6 $18,165
2001-07-24 Tournament Of Champions
7 Card Stud
$500 7 $2,465
2001-08-04 2001 Legends of Poker
No Limit Hold'em
$300 6 $2,565
2001-08-17 2001 Legends of Poker
Limit Hold'em
$1,000 5 $5,225
2001-08-18 2001 Legends of Poker
No Limit Hold'em
$1,000 4 $6,060
2001-08-23 2001 Legends of Poker
7 Card Stud
$1,000 7 $2,200
2001-11-04 2001 World Poker Finals
Limit Hold'em
$500 4 $7,070
2001-11-10 2001 World Poker Finals
Limit Hold'em
$1,000 2 $20,790
2001-12-11 2001 United States Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em
$500 9 $1,343
2002-01-15 The Third Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
No Limit Texas Hold'em
$500 8 $4,171
2002-02-14 2002 L.A. Poker Classic
Pot Limit Omaha
$1,000 4 $5,600
2002-02-17 2002 L.A. Poker Classic
No Limit Hold'em
$1,000 1 $79,550
2002-04-21 33rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2002
Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
$1,500 9 $7,640
2002-04-23 33rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2002
7 Card Stud
$1,500 1 $132,000
2002-04-27 33rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2002
H.O.R.S.E.
$2,000 8 $5,860
2002-05-03 33rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2002
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
$2,500 1 $118,440
2002-05-10 33rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2002
Limit S.H.O.E.
$2,000 1 $107,540
2002-06-11 California State Poker Championship 2002
Stud Hi/Lo Split
$300 4 $3,565
2002-06-16 California State Poker Championship 2002
7 Card Stud
$500 1 $17,600
2002-08-28 2002 Legends of Poker
1/2 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo & 1/2 Limit Hold'em
$1,000 1 $19,350
2002-08-29 2002 Legends of Poker
H.O.S.E.
$1,000 1 $13,050
2002-09-03 Hall of Fame Poker Classic 2002
Omaha Hi/Lo
$500 4 $3,670
2002-09-05 Hall of Fame Poker Classic 2002
Razz
$1,500 4 $3,670
2002-11-14 2002 World Poker Finals
No Limit Hold'em - Main Event - WPT
$10,000 4 $75,650
2003-01-28 The Fourth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
No Limit Hold'em Championship - WPT
$10,000 2 $290,130
2003-04-03 World poker Tour - WPT Championship
Seven Card Stud
$1,500 1 $58,782
2003-04-10 World poker Tour - WPT Championship
Omaha Hi/Lo
$2,500 1 $66,930
2003-04-14 World poker Tour - WPT Championship
WPT Championship - No Limit Hold'em
$25,000 3 $253,313
2003-05-11 34th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2003
Razz
$5,000 2 $36,000
2003-05-14 34th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2003
Seven Card Stud
$5,000 3 $53,560
2003-05-16 34th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2003
Pot Limit Omaha
$2,500 9 $10,720
2004-07-08 Championship Poker
No-Limit Hold'em
$10,000 1 $500,000
2004-09-19 World poker Tour - WPT Borgata Poker Open
No Limit Hold'em Final Day
$10,000 6 $105,700
2004-11-08 2004 Monte Carlo Millions
No Limit Hold'em Final Day
$14,000 3 $100,000
2005-02-01 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament
Grand Final
$400,000 3 $400,000
2005-03-20 Rio Las Vegas Poker Festival
WSOP Circuit Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em
$10,000 8 $63,270
2005-03-29 2005 World Poker Challenge
Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em
$5,000 3 $163,908
2005-04-18 Third Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
Main Event (WPT) - No Limit Hold'em Championship
$25,000 6 $264,195
2005-05-08 Harrah's Lake Tahoe Poker Festival
WSOP Circuit Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em
$10,000 2 $299,360
2005-06-26 36th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2005
Pot Limit Omaha
$5,000 1 $635,603
2005-11-20 2005 Monte Carlo Millions
No Limit Hold'em
$25,000 1 $1,000,000
2005-11-25 $120,000 Full Tilt Poker Invitational
No Limit Hold'em
$120,000 1 $600,000
2006-07-06 37th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2006
Omaha Hi/Lo
$5,000 2 $219,208
2006-07-12 37th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2006
H.O.R.S.E.
$50,000 3 $617,760
2006-09-09 FullTiltPoker.com London All Star Challenge
No Limit Hold'em
€2,000 7 €12,635
2006-09-13 European Poker Tour - EPT Barcelona
No Limit Hold'em - EPT Main Event
€4,800 2 €472,297
2007-01-22 Poker After Dark
Week 4
$20,000 1 $120,000
2007-05-19 Mirage Poker Showdown
No Limit Hold'em - Championships
$9,700 5 $129,684
2007-06-06 38th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2007
World Championship Seven Card Stud
$5,000 2 $143,820
2007-06-10 Poker After Dark II
Week 20 - Signature Week
$20,000 1 $120,000
2007-06-15 38th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2007
H.O.R.S.E
$5,000 4 $65,424
2008-02-23 2008 L.A. Poker Classic
No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event
$9,900 1 $1,596,100
2008-06-07 39th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2008
World Championship Seven Card Stud
$10,000 9 $37,130
2008-09-22 World Series Of Poker Europe - WSOPE 2008
Limit H.O.R.S.E.
€2,500 6 €24,723
2009-06-02 40th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2009
No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw
$2,500 1 $96,367
2009-06-11 40th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2009
Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo
$2,500 1 $220,538
2009-06-21 40th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2009
No Limit Hold'em - Shootout
$5,000 8 $16,739
2009-07-03 40th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2009
World Championship No Limit Hold'em
$10,000 7 $1,404,014
2010-01-23 2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship
$100,000 Challenge
AU$100,000 2 AU$548,089
2010-06-19 41st World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2010
H.O.R.S.E.
$3,000 1 $329,840
2010-07-11 Bellagio Cup VI
WPT Championship
$10,000 3 $363,650
2010-08-14 FullTiltPoker.com - Doubles Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em - Qualifying Match 2
$50,000 1 $5,000
2012-01-27 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em - $250,000 Challenge
AU$250,000 1 AU$2,080,758
2012-04-29 European Poker Tour - EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final
No Limit Hold'em - 8 Max High Roller
€25,000 9 €96,344
2012-06-06 43rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2012
Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo (Event #15)
$5,000 7 $34,595
2012-06-08 43rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2012
Pot Limit Hold'em (Event #17)
$10,000 2 $275,559
2012-06-11 43rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2012
Omaha Hi/Lo (Event #24)
$5,000 3 $136,046
2012-06-16 43rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2012
H.O.R.S.E. (Event #32)
$10,000 5 $99,739
2012-06-18 43rd World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2012
Mixed Hold'em (Event #35)
$2,500 8 $21,699
2012-08-31 2012 Macau High Stakes Challenge Super High Roller
No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller
HK$2,000,000 8 HK$822,954
2013-01-24 NBC Heads-Up Championship
No Limit Hold'em - Heads Up
$20,000 9 $25,000
2013-04-08 World Series Of Poker Asia-Pacific - WSOP APAC 2013
Mixed Event
AU$2,200 1 AU$53,858
2014-02-09 2014 Aussie Millions Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em - $250,000 Challenge
AU$250,000 1 AU$3,589,228
2014-06-25 45th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2014
Eight Game Mix (Event #50)
$1,500 1 $167,332
2015-02-01 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship
#21 The LK Boutique Challenge
AU$245,000 1 AU$1,718,001
2016-01-03 World poker Tour - WPT National Philippines
No Limit Hold'em Triton Super High Roller Series (Event #3)
$196,000 5 $656,500
2018-05-12 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro
No Limit Hold'em - Short Deck Ante Only 250K
HK$250,000 1 HK$605,086
2018-05-17 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro
No Limit Hold'em - Short Deck Ante Only 1M
HK$1,000,000 3 HK$1,666,751
2018-06-15 49th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2018
Poker Players Championship (Event #33)
$50,000 9 $111,447
2019-06-24 50th World Series Of Poker - WSOP 2019
Poker Players Championship (Event #58)
$50,000 8 $124,410
2019-10-18 World Series Of Poker Europe - WSOPE 2019
No Limit Short Deck Hold'em - High Roller (Event #6)
€25,500 9 €72,888
2019-10-19 World Series Of Poker Europe - WSOPE 2019
No Limit Hold'em Short Deck - King's Super High Roller
€100,000 2 €913,495
2019-10-22 World Series Of Poker Europe - WSOPE 2019
No Limit Hold'em - King's Short Deck High Roller
€50,000 2 €425,248
2019-10-23 World Series Of Poker Europe - WSOPE 2019
No Limit Hold'em - Diamond High Roller (Event #12)
€100,000 8 €234,872
2019-11-19 partypoker LIVE - partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas
No Limit Short Deck Hold'em - The 25K
$25,000 4 $126,250
2019-11-20 partypoker LIVE - partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas
No Limit Hold'em
$50,000 6 $220,000
2019-11-22 partypoker LIVE - partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas
No Limit Short Deck Hold'em
$25,000 2 $205,000
2020-03-07 partypoker LIVE - partypoker MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller Series
No Limit Hold'em
$25,500 7 $72,500
2020-03-10 partypoker LIVE - partypoker MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller Series
No Limit Short Deck Hold'em
$51,000 2 $525,000
2020-03-12 partypoker LIVE - partypoker MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller Series
No Limit Short Deck Hold'em
$50,000 1 $856,050
2020-03-14 partypoker LIVE - partypoker MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller Series
No Limit Short Deck Hold'em
$100,000 5 $240,000

Phil Ivey Quotes

“I had an ID. I was Jerome, Jerome Graham. That was my name. Everybody in Atlantic City knew me as Jerome until I turned 21. When I turned 21, I walked into the Tropicana and found the shift manager. I said, Hey, my name’s Phil.” She said, “What?” I said, “My name’s Phil. I’m sorry. She told me it was OK. She didn’t think I was old enough to be in there anyway, but there was nothing they could do then; I was official.”

“A lot of people who play professionally don’t enjoy what they’re doing, and you can tell, and it makes a difference. I love poker. I love everything about it. It’s the greatest game in the world. I’m always trying to improve and always thinking about getting better. Some people I play against are just playing because that’s their job, and that’s a big advantage I have over them.”

20 year anniversary