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Why Phil Ivey deserves the Hall of Fame nod

 
Out of all of the potential players who may be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame for 2010 one player who overshadows the rest. Phil Ivey is without a doubt the best poker player of the day. His weight is felt heavily in each poker vertical, including Omaha and Stud. His across the board domination has earned him over $40,000,000. Ivey will either be placed in the hall of fame this year or next.

Phil Ivey, at 34, is listed in 2010 as first in the world among all-time money winners in tournament poker.  He is revered by his opponents and poker enthusiasts and is known as the best all-around player in the world today.  Ivey has appeared at eight World Poker Tour final tables, won eight World Series of Poker bracelets and one World Poker Tour title.  He’s fearless, enjoys a wealthy lifestyle, and wins big at his favorite sport. 

At the 2010 WSOP, Ivey won his eighth bracelet in H.O.R.S.E. which got him $329,840.  He has been called ‘the Tiger Woods of Poker’.  Ivey is the youngest player to win eight (Phil Hellmuth was 39). In addition, no other player has accumulated eight bracelets more quickly; it took Ivey only ten years from the time of his first bracelet to his eighth, (it took Johnny Moss 11 years).

Ivey is first on the all-time money list with over $14 million in tournament earnings. Ivey lives in Las Vegas and is a regular participant in the $4,000-$8,000 mixed cash game at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.  In February 2006, he played heads-up Limit Texas Hold’em against Texas billionaire Andy Beal. With stakes at $25,000/$50,000, Ivey won over $16,000,000 over the course of three days. A group of poker professionals joined Ivey, called themselves  “The Corporation”, pooled their money and took turns playing against Beal. Earlier in the month, Beal beat the Corporation out of $10,000,000. After losing to Ivey, Beal claimed that he was giving up poker. But he had said that before.

Ivey was taught poker by his grandfather at a young age in New Jersey where he grow up. He was hooked immediately. He is known for his intense and intimidating look when he plays poker.  His eyes dart back and forth and he’s been called cold hearted. Ivey has a generous side and has started a charity and given money to a number of charitable causes. He is the one to watch.

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