Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey  Phillip Dennis Ivey Junior was born in Riverside, California on February 1 1977. He is a Professional Poker player who has won 10 World Series of Poker (W.S.O.P.) bracelets and One World Poker Tour ( WPT ).

He has been in the final of nine World Poker Tour tables and is one of the best poker players in the world. Fellow poker players refer to him as the “Tiger Woods” of Poker.

The stats of 2018 show that Phil Ivey had total tournament winnings of more than $26 million. $6.6 million comes from the W.S.O.P.

World Series of Poker Tournaments

When Ivey was 23 years old, he won his first W.S.O.P. bracelet by defeating Amarillo Slim, a fellow American Professional gambler.

In 2002 Ivey had a successful year winning large amounts in Split Poker, Limit Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo , Limit Seven Card Stud, and Limit S.H.O.E. He also came 23rd in the W.S.O.P. main event. By 2009 Ivey had already won 8 bracelets, and in the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament, he received the most votes for the Tournament of Champions. In total it took Phil Ivey only 14 years to get 10 W.S.O.P. bracelets, making him the youngest player in the world to win so many bracelets in the shortest time.

Where is he now?

Ivey was embroiled in several lawsuits over the years including a case from the Borgata Casino who claimed he cheated using a technique called Edge Sorting. On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Marshals served a writ of execution on Phil Ivey at the 2019 W.S.O.P. Tournament and seized his winnings towards payment to the Borgata.

He also had lawsuits with Full Tilt Poker for breach of contract and went through a messy divorce.

Nowadays he still plays poker professionally and is ranked 7th on the money list.

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Tommy Hyland

Tommy Hyland  Thomas Hyland aka Tommy Hyland was born in New Jersey, USA in 1956.

He is famous for his Blackjack card counting skills and for managing the longest-running Blackjack team which was started in 1979.

His Early Years

He spent most of his childhood in New Jersey, and this is where his interest in gambling started.
As a child, he used to play games with friends which involved throwing pennies at a wall, and they would make bets on which penny landed closest to the wall. The bets were initially just pennies but then crept up to quarters. Tommy then started betting on other things like whether he would win a cricket game or a game of golf.

Once he got to High School, he stopped placing bets himself but started collecting bets instead. At one stage he got his calculations wrong and lost $400 so stopped taking bets and concentrated on getting a scholarship to Wittenberg University in Ohio.

The Start of the Blackjack Gambling

During his college years, he used to play Poker at various friends dormitories until he read a book by Lawrence Revere called “Playing Blackjack as a Business.”

Tommy and his friend practised the methods in the book and then started going to casinos to test out their skills. They weren’t very successful until Tommy read another book by Stanford Wong about card-counting. The book mentioned that one must work in teams to be successful, and this is exactly what Tommy did. He got a Blackjack card-counting team together.

Sometimes the teams made millions in one night and other nights lost a small fortune.

They then made Blackjack computers which was a form of cheating which got Tommy arrested many times when the casinos caught him and the team.

Tommy Hyland Today

Tommy no longer manages a Blackjack team but can still be found in casinos today playing Blackjack, albeit not at the previous levels of play.