Here is another prime example of a young gun coming into the world of poker and making serious amounts of cash doing so.
At just 27 years of age, Ivey has quickly made himself known as a tough player to beat. Some players on the circuit have dubbed him the Tiger Woods of poker. Is it the slight resemblance he has to Tiger or ids it because he has achieved so much at a young age? Whatever the case, this is a player we all want to see play. He has charisma at the table, but denounces any achievements as high in standing as Woods has with golfing.
In the past few years, we have witnessed a bevy of younger poker players bursting onto the scene, but this guy is the leader of this generation we think.
Ivey was raised in New Jersey and first started his love affair with poker in Atlantic City. He didn’t take long to move up in the poker scene either. He won his first WSOP event at the age of 23. In fact he won three events that year.
One notable event he was part of happened in early 2006 when he went heads up against mathematician Andy Beal. Beal is known for taking on the biggest names in poker and turning them out. When Ivey played for 3 hard days of poker against Beal, Ivey took him for an amazing$16.6 Million when he was done.
Phil Ivey has been with the same woman since high school. He even married her and they currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Born in Dublin Ireland, Phil Unibomber Laak is best known for his stage presence when playing in poker events. He is gregarious and sometimes irritates his opponents by talking thorough his entire game. NO, he didn’t get his nickname because he has a penchant for bombs, he just wears a hooded sweatshirt at the table. When the game gets intense, he will put the hood on over his head as if to hide. Ever distracting, this ritual has become something to see.
He is a fun guy to be around and can light up a table with his actions. Some players like it, some don’t. Whatever the case, he has drawn the adoration of actress/avid poker player, Jennifer Tilly. They have been a couple for years now, and while he says that he has taught her everything she knows about the game of poker, he probably tough her too much – as she is a formidable adversary when they play each other informally.
A self confessed spiritual player, online roulette player, he hones in on making connections with his opponents in order to feel them out. Now living in San Francisco and LA, he was a sports betting broker and even a real estate broker before he went pro.
One interesting thing to know about him is that unlike most other poker pros, he says that poker is not the center of his universe, but he will keep playing and winning we hope -= he is a fun guy to watch.