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Phil Ivey

Introducing Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is a professional American poker player who was born on the 1st of February 1977. He is the acclaimed winner of ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and has competed at nine World Poker Tour Final tables. He is one of the best all-round players in the world and is known as the “Tiger Woods” of Poker.

As of 2018 Ivey’s total live tournament winnings exceed $26 250 000 and over $6 600 000 of his total winnings have come from flows of cash at W.S.O.P. He is currently ranked seventh on the all-time money list.

Rise and Fall of Phil Ivey

In 2000 Ivey a then 23-year-old established himself as one of the top up and coming players and secured his first bracelet. In 2002 Ivey showcased his skills at limit poker and won massive amounts in Limit Seven Card Stud, Split Poker, Limit Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo and Limit S.H.O.E. He also made two final tables and got 23rd place in the W.S.O.P. main event. In that timespan, Ivey collected four bracelets and received more than $400 000 in prize money. He had a good run, and 2009 was an incredible year for him and by then had his eighth bracelet at the age of 33.

His career, however, took a turn for the worst a few years later when he became embroiled in a legal war with East Coast Casino Borgata. He rose again in 2018 and had a few decent runs and is currently ranked number eight in the Poker World.

Conclusion

Ivey has had a lousy decade between legal battles and a rather messy divorce, but he has a history of making history. If anyone can rise from the Ashes, Phil Ivey can as he is one of the foremost legends in Poker.

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Billy Walters

Billy Walters is a retired professional gambler who was born in Kentucky in mid-1946. He is regarded as one of the most successful sports bettors in Las Vegas. Moreover, having had a winning streak that extended for over 30 years. This is generally unheard of in the gambling industry.

Walters hundreds of millions in winnings have allowed him to build an empire that includes hotels, golf courses, property developments, car dealerships as well as other business interests. Walters is known as the Michael Jordan of the Sports Betting world. One bettor even referred to him as “the most dangerous sports bettor in history.”

Billy Walters Betting Lessons

Walters was not always a winner; in fact, he went broke several times and described himself in his younger years as being a gambling addict and compulsive loser. His success came through trial and error and the harsh lessons he had to learn as a gambler, namely:

  • There is no instant success when gambling

  • Information gives the edge

  • The bigger the value, the bigger the bet

  • Bet odds, not teams

  • Allow for the variance; you will not always be a winner.

  • Don’t be in denial and keep making the wrong decisions that could see you lose everything

  • Long term winners do exist.

Conclusion

Billy “The Great White Shark” Walters has amassed hundreds of millions of dollars from sports betting, mainly on the Basketball and American Football arena. He loves betting and once won $400 000 on a hole in golf and $1 million on a round. This self-made entrepreneur story is incredible when you take into account he came from a low-income family and an alcoholic mother. Walters is proof that no matter what your background or where you come from, anything is possible with persistence, knowledge and knowing when to quit.

In April 2017, Walters was found guilty of insider trading and was sentenced to 5 years in prison and fined $10 million.