Phil Ivey, one of the top professional poker players the world has ever seen, reached five final tables at World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012. So far, Ivey has won 8 WSOP bracelets and has netted over $17 million in winnings playing live poker tournaments alone. Ivey recently spoke to ESPN and shared his poker dreams.
The poker player wants to accomplish much more. He said, “I want to teach the world how to play better poker. I feel like there’s a big hole in the poker community. I speak with people all the time about poker, and people say they’d love to learn how to play but they don’t know where to start. It’d be nice to teach people how to play the correct way.”
When asked about his most surprising moment at the 2009 final table, he said, “I don’t think anybody can be prepared for the energy in that room on that day. It’s a shock. You see all these people are there to watch poker. It was a great experience. But what really surprised me was the energy in that room.”
When asked if he likes the format of delayed final tables, he said, “I’m more of a poker purist. I kind of like to play straight. Anything that interrupts me, I’m not too big a fan of. But I can see why they delay it. I think overall the delay is better for poker, because you know you get a chance to learn about the players and rewatch some of the episodes. I think it is better for poker in general. But for me personally, I’d rather just play straight through. I’ve been playing consistently for two months during the World Series of Poker, and I’d like it to just go straight through.”
Winning bracelets is nothing new to Ivey. He won his first bracelet in 2000 and three more in 2002. Sharing his experiences on winning bracelets, he said, “I don’t think you can really put a value on it. I love the World Series of Poker. I love the whole setup. I love the whole structure. I’m playing almost every event. I’m trying to win a bracelet in every event. It means a lot to me.”
Recently, Ivey launched IveyPoker.com, a free poker website where beginners can learn the rules and strategies of game and get hot tips from Ivey and his talented poker friends.