You may think you’re a Phil Ivey superfan, but the honor of his biggest fans goes to The Humphries. Pat and Mel have been making the trek to Las Vegas for 14-15 years supporting Phil Ivey and don’t you dare mistake them for being a pair of superfans, as PokerNews' Amber Fukuda found out, they are his personal friends and have had Ivey’s back since his was playing in Atlantic City when he was just 17.
Read: Pat & Mel Humphrey: Friends With Ivey Since He Was 17 [Bluff Magazine]
“We first met Phil in Atlantic city, when he was playing the low limit games, playing 1/5 Stud. He was only 17. I started playing in a tournament with him and we got friendly, and from there on we played with him in the same games. Then he moved to Vegas, he got better and we didn’t,” said Pat laughing.
You may have seen Pat and Mel featured on ESPN whenever Phil is deep in the Main Event. Even though Phil has offered to bring them out to Vegas many times, the pair insist on paying their own way, making their own plans as early as February just so they can be there to cheer him on..
The Humphries really have something to get up in arms about this week as their guy is sitting pretty, 2nd in chips, in his opening flight of the Main Event and returns tomorrow at noon PST to make a real run at going deep.
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