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Phil Ivey on Bilzerian Rumor, Craps and Early Days

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Often billed as the world’s best poker player, Phil Ivey has kept a low profile throughout most of his career. But over the last year or so, Ivey has been opening up more and doing some interviews. This is definitely a good thing for the poker world, which is always interested in hearing more about the legends and rumors surrounding the 9-time WSOP champion.

Recently, Bluff Magazine’s Thomas Keeling got a quick interview with Ivey. And this brief chat included a number of intriguing tidbits, such as how he got started, his supposed craps habit, and what he thinks about Dan Bilzerian saying he’s broke.

In the first part of the interview, Ivey discusses his early poker days, including when he used a fake I.D. to play at Atlantic City casinos as a 20-year-old. When asked about the stories of him sleeping under the Boardwalk, he said, “What happened was, I lived in North Jersey, so you take the bus down. And if you missed the last bus coming back, and you didn’t have any money…what can you do? So I ended up sleeping under the Boardwalk a couple of times.”

In regard to his love of craps, Ivey said that he doesn’t play as much as he used to. The 38-year-old added that he likes “to take chances sometimes” and doesn’t believe that playing casino games is a problem if its within your bankroll and won’t affect your livelihood.

Ivey also covered the rumor that Dan Bilzerian has been spreading about him being broke. He practically dismissed the rumor by saying, “I don’t even think I’ve played a hand of poker with him.” Ivey added, “People can say what they want to say. I don’t really feed into that. I really don’t know the guy, so his opinion is his opinion. He doesn’t really know my financial status. So it’s okay, it doesn’t really bother me that much.”

There’s plenty more from this interview below. So if you’ve got a few moments, it’s definitely worth watching.

Phil Ivey talks Macau Games, Strategy, $200k Golf Bet

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Throughout his career, Phil Ivey has remained one of the quieter and more private poker stars. But ever since he began the process of transforming IveyPoker into a full-fledged training site, he’s been a lot more active in the social media world. Ivey also did a rare interview with PokerCast recently, where he discussed a number of very interesting topics.

Not surprisingly, the interview began with some discussion about Ivey’s victory in the Aussie Millions $250k last month. The 38-year-old said that his win was actually “smooth sailing” because he had played with most of the final table in the past. Ivey added that he doesn’t really like rebuying in these types of events, which is good, given that he only needed one $250k buy-in to take down the AU$4 million top prize.

Another topic that Ivey talked about was how there’s not many good poker games for him in Vegas anymore. Instead, Ivey said that he has to go to London or Macau to find games that are worth his time. He specifically addressed the Macau high stakes action by saying that they’ve “gotten a lot tougher” because the businessmen have improved.

The PokerCast crew also asked Ivey about why he opened a training site. To this question, the 9-time WSOP champion said that you don’t have to be “analytical” just to teach poker. Ivey added that he plans on doing videos for every game and every limit, where he talks about his thought process on a lot of hands.

One more interesting subject that Ivey hit upon was a golf prop bet that he made with Joe Cassidy in Aruba. Ivey put $1k against Cassidy’s $200k that he wouldn’t make a fairly long shot. The poker legend said that he “thought he was just giving Cassidy $1,000.” But the ball went in the hole and Ivey couldn’t believe it.

If you’d like to hear more about this story and others from Ivey, make sure to check out his interview.