As far as cash games are concerned Phil Ivey happens to be the name of the most skilled player. Popular for his great insight of reading hands and techniques with his quick wit, he has fans all over the globe. He is one of the smartest poker players ever and his aggressive techniques of going away with the winner bracelet are just mind blowing! One would get simple mesmerized after watching him play.
Wonder from where did Phil learn so much of versatility? The answer is his Grandpa! Yes… his Grandpa wanted Phil to learn the hazards of gambling since his childhood. But in the due course of time poker landed up as his passion and profession. At the very tender age of eight, Phil started learning the basics of Poker from his Grandpa. From that age itself, instead of concentrating in his academics, Phil died for playing Poker and dreamt of becoming a world famous Poker player. With each game and with time, he brought in him the best of the techniques of playing the game and combed to find chances to play the game. Thus he became the master of it.
At the age of 21, he won his first great Poker title as the World Series of Poker 2000 by beating the two great players- Phil Helmuth and Amarillo Slim! The year 2002, brought more happy surprises, Phil happens to win three additional bracelets ofWorld Series of Poker as– Stud Hi/Lo, Seven-Card Stud, as well as SHOE (which happens to be a rotation of Hold ‘em, Stud, Omaha, as well as Stud Hi/Lo). In 2005, he earned himself his fifth World Series of poker bracelet! What he had won however isn’t limited to these World Series only. He won bounty cash prizes and name and fame in different cash games at Las Vegas. He never stops playing online poker games too. He has huge contribution towards the design team. Apart from Poker, Phil displays his immense interest in basketball too. He is a fan of Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. He also has put himself into video games with golf being a recent one.
Although many think Phil Ivey is the best of the best poker players. But some are of the view that he is best only at the ring games and not in the PKR tournament. While some other defy this fact. Many are of the view that he is maniac about Poker. And it is really hard to get a read on his mind while he is at the game table. His aggressive ways, marvelous timing and excellent hand reading are undoubtedly unparallel. In anyways, for us, the general people, playing like Phil Ivey is only a dream which we can strive hard to fulfill. When asked to him about the techniques, he only says that it matters personally and it has only got to be thought and thought more and more within one’s own self along with unending practice. However, we have lot many books and websites about the game to search and know better and better. So who can be the next Phil Ivey?