I like watching people play poker on TV. I think Phil Ivey is the greatest poker player.
In addition to his five World Series Bracelets, Ivey has shown great success in the WSOP Main Event. He placed in the top 25 three times from 2002 to 2005, with the fields growing exponentially each year. Phil finished 23rd in 2002, 10th in 2003, and 20th in 2005.
On 20 November 2005, Ivey won the $1,000,000 first prize at the Monte Carlo Millions tournament. Four days later on 25 November 2005, Ivey won the $600,000 first prize at the FullTiltPoker.com's invitational tournament broadcast live on Fox Sports Net from Monte Carlo. The other six men consisted of (in reverse finishing order) Mike Matusow, Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Chris Ferguson, Dave Ulliott, and John Juanda.
As of 2006, his total live tournament winnings exceed $7,000,000.
Ivey is a regular participant in the $4,000-8,000 mixed cash game at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas (often referred to as the big game) and in February 2006 played heads up Limit Texas Hold'em versus Texas billionaire Andy Beal. With stakes at $50,000/$100,000, Ivey won over $16 million over the course of three days. Ivey was playing for "The Corporation," a group of poker professionals who pooled their money and took turns playing against Beal. Earlier in the month, Beal beat the Corporation out of $10 million. After losing to Ivey, Beal claimed (not for the first time) that he was giving up poker.
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