A Lil’ Positivity: Phil Ivey Makes World Series of Poker Final Table

- By Bossip Staff

Phil Ivey, who is considered one of the best poker players in the world, has made it to the final table of nine players at the World Series of Poker. The living poker legend out lasted a field of 6494. The final event is scheduled for November.

Ivey was supported early in his career by Murder Inc’s Irv Gotti and had this to say about being the second Black player to make it to the final table in 40 years

Ivey had to work his way up Wednesday into the final nine after dropping a “bunch of hands in a row.” But he’s already won two other events this year at the World Series, giving him seven WSOP championship bracelets in his career.

“I’m in a zone. I’m playing good … and I’m just grinding on every hand and trying to do my best,” he says.

He is the second black player to make the final table in the Main Event in the 40-year history of the WSOP. David Williams did it in 2004 and finished runner-up to Chris Moneymaker.

“There haven’t been too many … black players to play the game,” says Ivey. “Hopefully, with me playing and my success, there will be more that are successful.”

He added, “I don’t really recommend this as a profession. So the fact that there aren’t that many, I’m not really too disappointed in that because I know how tough it is to make it in this business.”

Congrats. We will be watching in November and be looking for the brother to make history.


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    Proof that poker is a SKILL game.Rake big Phil.Get the bracelet.

  • lovely and amazing

    Congrats to Phil Ivey on his groundbreaking successes! He’ll make history in November!

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  • http://urbanfrugalchic.com Cynthia

    Phil if you reading this..hit me..you are fine!

  • http://urbanfrugalchic.com Khristal

    He is so good! I seem him play before!

  • I AM LEGEND ( A Wise Man Told Me Dont Argue With Fools)


    You just want some of that 5 million or however much it is they win

  • lovely and amazing

    Phil Ivey is married, to Luciaetta Ivey…his high school sweetheart. You can google her photo.

  • lib4

    FYI Black player David Williams finished second to Greg Raymer in 2004 NOT Chris Moneymaker…the brother walked away with $3.5 MIL!!!!!

  • ysr

    Thats a good look for dude. happy he made it. he is a classy guy. best of luck

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  • truth be told

    He definitely gets my vote… The fact that he is excelling in area outside of the norm says a lot about him. He’s very driven… plus he looks cute playing poke!!

    Thumbs up to you Phil.

  • truth be told

    lol, freudian slip, i mean POKER! lol

  • Woudat X


  • http://jawbonin.com jawbonin.com

    Phil Ivey is the MAN!

    Check out the dude who ran outta money at the poker table

  • http://www.k.com noelle

    Thatis all my ex co-workers did, wa stalk about what they were gonna do on Staurday after work…poke rnight!!! I wa slike…ya’ll are so fa true ranch handlers

  • truth be told

    @ Wahteva,

    I was thinking the same thing. Dude is probably one hell of a lie. STONE COLD!! lol

  • Yes Indeed

    Slow news day…

  • Full Tilt Poker Star

    I’m going to be the next brutha that is doing like that. I’m here in Las Vegas just for that reason.

  • Whateva

    @ Full Tilt Poker Star

    If you telling the truth, do you thing but just make sure you have a back up plan

  • T

    Phil is the truth. He already is called the Tiger Woods of poker. Considered by some to be the best overall right now. Gambles big. Is a nice golfer, to. One of the few celebs I would love to hang with, because he doesn’t trip off of being a celebrity.

  • Moreaces

    Congradulaitons Phil, way to go,, hope you make it all the way

  • white male

    @ facing reality

    sorry guy, black people did not invent the computer or the cell phone


  • ummmmm

    go Phil way to represent for the blacks, now send me some of that cash!! the community needs u



  • uzipolo

    phil is the truth and is one of the reasons i play poker today the dude is solid and its good to se him make it to the top again.. at first i got tired of seeing the same old people get to the top over and over and over again and im not talking about inventationals eithier i mean every show every channel every day there was daniel negrduie scotty ngehgyn chris furgerson mike madasua the unibomber the magician over and over again it makes it seem like there WERE THE ONLY PLAYERS out there, but now im glad it has changed because there are alot of new young guns out there whipping the old schoolers out the box which means to me that they just put certain guys on a pedal and not let the new players shine david williams aint no joke eithier though saw him play alot he is pretty good..says uzipolo-king of decatur

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