"RaiseOnce" is the PokerStars moniker for poker legend Phil Ivey.
There's not much Ivey hasn't achieved in the game of poker, both live and online. He has 10 WSOP gold bracelets to his name spread across the PLO, PLO8, Stud, 2-7 Triple Draw, H.O.R.S.E, and 8-Game disciplines. He is also a WPT winner, and has won the Aussie Millions $250k Super High Roller three out of four times the event has run for a combined $7.3m. As of October 2015, Ivey's live winnings exceed $23 million.
At the virtual felt, Ivey is also a multi-million dollar winner, and his former Full Tilt account "Phil Ivey" is still the biggest winning online account with over $19m in profits. However, of late Ivey's online prowess has been halted by the progress of the younger online generation, and he has lost several million since his Full Tilt heyday.
Nonetheless, such losses will unlikely concern Ivey too much as he is also rumoured to be a huge winner in live games, often winning millions in a single night in private games. It has even been rumoured that Ivey deliberately plays the hardest games online in order to sharpen up for his much bigger live games.
Phil Ivey has been winning at the biggest poker games on the planet for over 15 years and was a key member of "The Corporation", a team of high stakes pros who clubbed together their bankrolls to take on American banking billionaire and maths genius, Andy Beal, heads-up at Limit Hold'em for astronomical money.
In February 2006, with The Corporation $10m down to Beal, Ivey stepped up, and in three days won $16.6m from the Texan entrepreneur.
Whether his skill may currently be outmatched online, only a fool would write of Phil Ivey and he continues to instill fear into any opponent he faces across the green baize.
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