Phil Ivey

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Phil Ivey – Greatest All Round Poker Tournament Player:

Claimed by virtually every forum poster in the world to be the best tournament player; Phil Ivey has a fantastic list of achievements in MTT poker and currently sits on top of the all time money list with $12,700,000 and over 100 cash outs.

Name: Phil Ivey
Location: Las Vegas, NV, United States
Cashes: 107
Total Winnings: $12,799,787
First Place Finishes: 21
WSOP Bracelets: 7
WPT Bracelets: 1
EPT Bracelets: 0


With 7 WSOPs to his name, it seems incredible that Ivey hasn’t managed to take down the WSOP Main Event.  After battling for it effusively for the past 10 years, Ivey finally managed to make the final table in 2009, before coming 7th and leaving the tournament deep-pocketed (winning just under $1.5 million) but still empty wristed.

Master of Tournament Varieties

However, during the belated period in which Ivey failed to bring home the Main Event bracelet, he’s also become one of the most, if not the most, decorated tournament player in different fields and varieties of the game.  While even the most hallowed tournament players such as Hellmuth have more WSOPs; Ivey has taken down WSOP tournament events in no less than 4 unique varieties of poker – including Pot-Limit Omaha, 7 Card Stud, S.H.O.E and Omaha High Lo events.  This feat is completely un-matched elsewhere in the poker world, and shows exactly why Ivey’s so often highbrowed as the best all round poker tournament player.  The ability to learn and master different tournament varieties in such a short space of time and at the highest level (the guy is still only 34) really shows something special in the guy dubbed “the Tiger Woods” of poker.

Other Accomplishments

Ivey is well known to have figured in the highest stakes cash games in the world.  His infamous role in the Corporation saw Ivey take $15 million off Andy Beal in matter of days back in 2006 , with blinds costing as much as $50,000/$100,000.  He’s also a regular participant of the Big Game – a $4000/$8000 mixed cash game held at the Bellagio behind closed doors.

Ivey’s TV accomplishments include starring in multiple series of NBCs Poker After Dark, GSN’s High Stakes Poker and even NBC’s newest poker TV show Face the Ace.

Ivey is no stranger to online poker either, and has played the  highest stakes online poker games on Full Tilt, regularly squaring up against the likes of Tom Durrrr Dwan and Patrik Antonius in $400/$800 Omaha and Texas Holdem NL events.

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