Phil Collins is a 26-year-old poker pro originally from Rockford, Illinois who now calls Las Vegas, Nevada home. As his online handle "USCphildo" indicates, he went to the University of South Carolina where he met his wife, Katie. In addition to his numerous online successes, which include over $3 million in earnings, Collins has a number of live cashes to his credit, although his payday for this year's Main Event will well exceed all of those.
Prior to his run this year, Collins' largest score was less than $30,000. That came with a sixth-place finish in the 2010 Borgata Spring Poker Open East Coast Championship for $29,196. Other than that, Collins has only had five scores above $10,000.
When it comes to WSOP finishes, Collins has eight other than this one. The best of that bunch was a 10th-place finish in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event in 2009 for $13,332. He's also finished in the money in a North American Poker Tour event and a World Poker Tour event.