European Poker Masters (EPM) Players, Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey is one of a small group of elite poker players who have shown that they have the potential to single-handedly dominate the professional game. His career resume speaks volumes of his skill and commitment and he holds the record, together with Phil Helmuth and Ted Forrest, for the most WSOP bracelets earned in a single year, with three.
The indomitable Ivey is the first player ever to defeat the legendary Amarillo Slim at a WSOP final table, a feat which prompted Slim to announce his impending resignation from the game. Interestingly enough Slim remains active on the pro poker circuit to this day!
Ivey has been baptised the ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’ not only for his remarkable resemblance to the golfing prodigy but for his potential to dictate proceedings on the green felt in much the same way that Tiger Woods has dominated the greens and fairways of world golf.
Apart from his successes at the WSOP – he currently ‘owns’ five WSOP bracelets – he has also dominated the World Poker Tour. He claimed the WPT LA Poker Classic in 2008, pocketing over $1.5 million in cash and ending his streak of seven WPT final tables without a result! He currently holds the record for the most final table appearances of the WPT, with eight.
In words borrowed from the Hendon mob: "Nothing scares him…young and very sharp, Ivey is the real deal, and even though he has relatively little experience, he’d take over 75 percent of the people on this year’s list. He is already one of the best all-around players in the world".
Phil Ivey has earned over $9.7 million in career earnings and looks set to earn a whole lot more in the future.
Ivey’s Notable Triumphs
- 2000 – First annual Jack Binion World Poker Open $500 Limit Holdem – $53 297
- 2000 – 31st WSOP $2500 Pot Limit Omaha – $195 000
- 2003 – Bellagio 5-Star World Poker Classic $1500 7 Card Stud – $58 782
- 2003 – Bellagio 5-Star World Poker Classic $2500 Omaha Hi-Lo – $66 930
- 2004 – Championship Poker, Verona $10 000 No Limit Holdem – $500 000
- 2005 – 36th WSOP $5000 Pot Limit Omaha – $635 603
- 2005 – Monte Carlo Millions – $1million
- 2005 – Full Tilt Poker Invitational, Monte Carlo $120 000 No Limit Holdem – $600 000
- 2007 – Poker After Dark Week 4 – $120 000
- 2008 – WPT LA Poker Classic $ 9900 No Limit Holdem – $1 596 100