Dealer's Choice

The world's greatest poker player diversifies his interests – and divulges his secrets

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The idea of what it means to be a professional poker player has changed enormously since Phil Ivey's early days in Atlantic City. The world will always have room for dedicated grinders, but the savviest players have grown with the game, becoming one-person corporations with tendrils that wrap around all kinds of businesses. And on that front, just like with poker, Ivey seems to be at the top of his game.

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