New Home for Jerome

Phil Ivey made a name for himself—and millions of dollars—playing poker. Now MGM Mirage is paying him the ultimate gambler’s tribute by naming a poker room for him at Aria.

The Aria poker room.

The single-table, high-limit Ivey Room opens on May 22 with seating for up to nine players and enjoys direct access to the cashier cage and tableside dining. It’s said to be similar to four-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) winner Bobby Baldwin’s room (dubbed Bobby’s Room) next door at Bellagio.

The 34-year-old, nicknamed “No Home Jerome” and “The Tiger Woods of Poker,” is no stranger to tables at MGM properties: It was at Bellagio, as part of a team of poker pros who call themselves “The Corporation,” that he collected $16 million from Texas billionaire Andy Beal over the course of three days in 2006.

To commemorate the christening of the Ivey Room, Aria will host a million-dollar, invite-only tournament on opening day. First prize fetches $250,000, and any player who manages to knock the seven-time WSOP champion out of the match collects an additional $100,000. Further, the winner gets a chance to double his or her money in a $250,000 heads-up match-up with Ivey on his new home turf.