Phil Gordon leaves "Celebrity Poker Showdown"

As reported by PokerListings.com in early November, Phil Gordon is leaving his position as co-host of Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown" television series. Gordon officially announced his departure from the popular show through his PR firm last week. The pro player co-hosted the series with comedian Dave Foley for 42 episodes.

Although he will no longer be working with "Celebrity Poker Showdown," Gordon is interested in pursuing other job opportunities as a host and broadcaster for professional poker tournaments.

He said: "Our last tapings were in April, 2005. In November, 2005, I determined that I wanted to go in a different direction with my television career. I am ready to move on as I no longer have any contracted obligations to the producers of the show. I am seeking out opportunities to host and broadcast tournaments for professional poker players.

"After 42 episodes of Celebrity Poker, I just want to see people play in turn, bet more than $200 into a $5,000 pot, and know when they have the nuts. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than saying 'Phil Hellmuth loses another big pot and it looks like he's ready to implode!' on national television.

"I love broadcasting and, with some hard work and good luck, I'll find a show that needs, wants, and respects a quality analyst with experience, credibility, charisma, and character.

"I truly value the time that I spent with the folks at Celebrity Poker. I wish them well and thank them for everything that they've done for my career. It was a great ride, but it was time to hop off and find a bigger and faster roller coaster."

In addition to his run as a television co-host, Phil Gordon has authored a poker book, Phil Gordon's Little Green Book, and has hosted a poker DVD, "Final Table Poker with Phil Gordon."

To read PokerListings.com's November article on the same topic, please see Phil Gordon Says Goodbye to "Celebrity Poker Showdown".

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