Phil Ivey Bio

On Tour

Phil Ivey made a record seven World Poker Tour final tables without winning a WPT event. That is all about to change.

It is February, 2008.

Ivey sits at the final table of the WPT LA Poker Classic, his record eighth WPT final table, with a healthy chip lead. But the competition at this table is fierce and includes Phil Hellmuth and Nam Le, a man who already has one WPT title to his name.

Though short-stacked at the start of the day, Le quickly goes on a heater and eliminates Hellmuth and Scott Montgomery. It suddenly looks like this might be Le’s day, as he gets his stack in with pocket Aces versus Ivey’s pocket 3s.

In poker, fortunes often change with the turn of a card. A 3 falls on the turn, giving Ivey a set to crack Le’s pocket rockets. There will be no 0-for-8.

Phil sends Charles Moore packing on the very next hand when his two pair hold up versus Moore’s straight draw. Heads-up play begins with Ivey holding a better than 4-to-1 chip lead against his opponent, Quinn Do.

Two hands later, it’s all over. Ivey makes a full house versus Do’s two pair to seal the victory. He’s now the winner of a WPT title and over $1 million richer.

The eighth time is the charm.

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