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Who is Phil Ivey

The Famous Poker Player – Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is a renowned name in the current realm of poker tournaments. He is known worldwide as he has won 8 world poker championships. Not only this, he has also won the most prestigious world poker tour. He has also secured his position at the final round in about 9 poker world championships. As per the world poker-player rankings, he is currently the top seed and has won the maximum amount of cash in the tournaments. He also came 2nd in the Australian 2010 poker championship. This marvelous finish earned him many cash as the event had the prize money of 100,000 million dollars. Most of the other poker players are agree with the fact that Phil Ivey to be the greatest poker player.

Phil Ivey was born in America in the state of California in the year 1976. Few months later, his family moved to New Jersey. He lived in New Jersey till he shot to fame through poker tournaments and later on he shifted to Las Vegas, the Mecca of poker. People who live around his house say that he a great basketball lover and id often spotted sporting the jerseys of his favorite teams. Other than that, Phil Ivey has a keen interest in golf and computer games. It is also said that once he played in a small golf tournament and he came 3rd.

Although he lives a lavish lifestyle owing to the huge cash deposits in his account, he is also respected by many as he regularly donates money for various charity purposes. He has donated thousands of dollars to help the education of students who cannot afford it otherwise. He also owns a charitable trust named “Ivey Foundation” which takes care of malnourished students and provides them with food and education.

Owing to his vast fan following, his charitable trust was donated with 260,000 US Dollars in the first year of its existence. He also organizes poker tournaments where the prize money won by the players is donated to the charitable cause for which he constantly endeavors.

Phil Ivey’s career started in New Jersey itself when he started playing for a local firm in early 90’s. He worked in a marketing company and in the free time, he played poker against his work mates. During that period, he was given several names like “Tiger Woods” and “Homeless Jerome”.

As of now, he is the richest poker player of the world. He has won more than 13 million US dollars through poker tournaments with more than 2 million dollars won in the current year. More than half of his money was won in world title championships also known as WSOP, he has won a total of 19M online in full tilt poker as of today.

A long list of tournaments he has won includes the one in 2002 when he won WSOP. In the same year, he finished at par with other poker giants like Phil and Puggy. He also won the Omaha poker tournaments in 2000 and again in 2005. Amarillo was the only undefeated poker player until 2000 and Phil Ivey was the first poker player to defeat him in WSOP.

Apart from that, he has also won World Series 8 times and has been a successful player throughout the main events of the world poker tournaments. He has been a constant performer as he finished 23rd in the year 2002, 10th in 2003, 20th in the year 2005 and 7th in the year 2009. In the year 2009, he also won his 6th bracelet (prize given in poker championships) in the world series of poker. He was awarded prize money of 250,000 UD dollars. In that championship, there were 140 professional poker players and Phil Ivey defeated all of them to claim the title. In the same year, he rose to world fame by defeating some of the prominent names in the poker industry like Ming Lee. He won 500,000 US dollars by defeating Ming Lee in Omaha poker tournament.

In the year 2010, Phil Ivey was voted the most successful champion of the world poker series. In this year, he secured his 8th bracelet in the world series of poker tournament by defeating some of the great players like Bill Chen and Chad Brown. He won 300,000 US dollars for this event.

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Tom “Durrrr” Dwan, a nightmare to play with

Tom Dwan – The greatest Talent of Poker

Tom Dwan is an American poker player who is known for his exquisite style and power packed gameplay in almost all the world poker championships. He is one of the youngest international poker players and is merely 24 years old. He was born in the month of July of the year 1986 in New Jersey, USA.  As of now, the total money earned by him is more than 5 million dollars just in full tilt poker.

Tom Dwan shot to fame through his win in the high stakes poker tournaments. He is popularly known by the nickname of “Durrrr” amongst the poker fraternity. He is one of the greates players online and offline when it involves Texas Hold’em and Omaha Poker.

Tom Dawn realized his talent of poker when he was just 17 years old. He went to pursue engineering in a reputed institute of America and realized in his 1st year that he is quite good at poker. Although he played with a very small amount in the beginning, and that too he lost, he never lost hope in himself. In his college days, he played poker with Sit & Gos. Impressive thing to remark is he started with a 50 USD deposit which was given to him by his dad and he never ever deposit again money into his poker account (Just withdraws hehe) . In a few months, he discovered that he needs a bigger platform to showcase his talent. He then moved to real poker tables in Boston. Initially he lost a bit but not before long he realized his style of playing and started to recover his losses. Then he moved to international online poker tournaments and played with some of the best poker players of the world. And the best part is this that all this while he was still pursuing his engineering degree. But soon he realized that his career lies in poker and not in engineering. That year only, he decided to drop out of the engineering college and devoted all his time in online poker tournaments.

Some Impressive stats from his fulltilt gamming:

Sessions: 11470

Hands: 935,834

Almost 1M hands!!!!

During this period, he won several tournaments and also lost many. This could be termed as his real struggling period. But this was the same period when he learnt a lot about his game and other player’s game. Then he shot to fame by winning the biggest pot ever in the history of world poker. His biggest won pot in televised poker was shown in a past post, just impressive his for of play.

He has many international and domestic titles in his pocket. He is also the youngest player to play in the European poker championship in 2005 which was held in London. He was just 19 when he participated in that event. In 2007, he came fifth in the world poker championship and won a whopping sum of three hundred thousand US dollars. This was his first big win. After that, Tom Dwan never looked back. The very next year, he won two title championships in Australia. This brought him at par with some of the best poker players of the world. In the year 2009, he came 9th in the American poker championship and won a huge amount of two hundred thousand dollars. But his best performance was unleashed when he ended at second position in the biggest poker event of the world – the world series of poker which is popularly known as WSOP. He was awarded three hundred eighty thousand US dollars as prize money. In the year 2010, he has earned more than half a million dollars and thus raising his total earnings through poker to one and a half million dollars.

Other poker players with whom he has played say that he is the greatest bluffer of all times. He has some greatest bluff wins to his record with the most recent one against Isildur. He pulled off a major bluff and swept 500,000 US dollars off the table. He has also challenged some of the other players like Daniel Cates and Patrik Antonius. His famous challenge that after fifty thousand hands, if anyone is leading the stack against him, Tom would pay him $1.5 million dollars and if Tom leads the stack, then he will take only half a million dollars. Till date, the only people taking his challenge are Patrick Antonius and Jungleman12, here are some stats of this challenge:

durrrr Vs jungleman12

Leader: jungleman12
Amount: $657,774.5
Hands: 7,660 of 50,000
Sessions: 6

Last update: October 5th, 2010

durrrr Vs Patrik Antonius

Leader: durrrr
Amount: $2,059,719.5
Hands: 39,436 of 50,000
Sessions: 64

Last update: August 3rd, 2010

There is a tracker in: http://www.durrrrchallenge.com/ which follow up the challenge

His for of play? Well he is an extremely aggressive player, he can play even 8 tables at the same time online, he makes a variety of hands that no one can do, he can play with 27 and crack down the Aces, a real hard player to beat cause you aren’t able to read him. One of the best online.

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