Phil Ivey

  • Birth Name: Phillip Dennis Ivey Jr.
  • Birth Place: Riverside, California, United States
  • Profession: Poker player
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Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • Leonard "Bud" Simmons — Grandfather
  • Pamela Simmons Ivey — Mother
  • Luciaetta — Ex-wife
  • Phillip Ivey Sr. — Father

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