Developed his poker skills in cash games in Atlantic City, where his long casino stays earned him the nickname "No Home Jerome" (he used the ID of a co-worker named Jerome).
Burst onto the tournament scene with his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2000, beating Phil Hellmuth and Amarillo Slim at the final table.
Won seven more WSOP bracelets by the age of 35, all of them in events other than the popular Texas Hold'em.
Captured his first World Poker Tour victory in his eighth trip to the final table, outlasting Phil Hellmuth and seven others at the 2008 L.A. Poker Classic.
Established the Budding Ivey Foundation, benefiting at-risk children, children's literacy projects and programs to feed the homeless; it was inspired by his grandfather, who was active in his hometown community of Roselle N.J.
Advanced to the final table of the 2009 WSOP Main Event, exiting in a personal-best seventh place from a starting field of 6494.
Named to the Wall of Fame in 2010 at his high school in Old Bridge, N.J.