About Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon
Phil Gordon
Phil Gordon learned to play poker from his Aunt Lib. He says: "My sister and I would visit her house in Columbia, South Carolina every summer for literally months on end. Almost every night, we'd gather around the kitchen table to play penny-ante Five-Card Draw."

At 15, he entered college with a National Merit Scholarship and at 20 he graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in computer science. Because he had dropped out of high school to attend college, his mother called him a "genius juvenile delinquent." After graduation, Phil worked for two years with Lockheed and afterwards joined Netsys Technologies, Inc. as its lead software engineer and first employee. When Cisco systems purchased Netsys three years later, they paid $95 million in stock and cash.

Phil took his cut of the dough and went on a prolonged, 'round-the-world' journey. In South America, he built a balsa raft and floated upon it along the Amazon River. In Uganda, he tracked gorillas. In Australia, he judged a wet t-shirt contest. Lively accounts of his adventures can be found on www.philgordonpoker.com.

Phil made a splash in the poker world when he finished fourth in the 2001 World Series of Poker championship event, winning $400,000. In 2002 he had two final table finishes, 6th in Pot-Limit Hold'em and 3rd in Omaha Eight-or-Better. UltimateBet.com subsequently invited him to play in the World Poker Tour's first tournament in Aruba, where he beat seven of the world's top players to win the $250,000 first place prize. During 2003, Phil was the analyst for Binion Horseshoe's live Internet broadcast of the championship event of the WSOP and he gave daily reports on Sporting News Radio's Murray in the Morning show. March 2004 found Phil winning the World Poker Tour's Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament for a cool $360,000.

It was at Bay 101 that Phil and his group of fun-loving friends, known as the "Tiltboys," showed up at a ladies-only poker event dressed in drag. Phil went by the name Phyllis and he wore a lovely dress, Lancôme makeup, stockings and pumps. The "Tiltgirls" were cheered by the crowd; one patron did advise them not to say "I'm holding the nuts." At the end of the tournament, its director Matt Savage announced that at future women’s tournaments "panty checks" would be conducted.

Phil's further exploits have been reported on in Cigar Aficionado, National Public Radio's "This American Life," Smithsonian Magazine, CNBC's "Squawk Box," Card Player Magazine, as well as in many other magazines and even in an episode of "Blind Date!" As host of television's "Celebrity Poker Showdown," he has himself become a celebrity.

Tournament Placing

Place Winnings Tournament
1 $129,086.00 WSOP 2010 - Ante Up for Africa Charity Poker Tournament
27 $6,314.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 23 - $2,500 Six-handed Limit Hold'em
15 $7,309.00 2007 WSOP - Event 40, Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit)
28 $16,989.00 2007 WSOP - Event 35, No-Limit Hold'em
4 $116,697.00 2006 WSOPC - Harrah's New Orleans
9 $25,000.00 2007 Special - NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
16 $14,467.00 2006 WSOP - Event 21, No-Limit Hold'em- Short handed 6/table
56 $4,636.00 2006 WSOP - Event 14, No-Limit Hold'em w/re-buys
42 $5,831.00 2006 WSOP - Event 4, Limit Hold'em
46 $9,094.00 2006 WSOP - Event 2, No-Limit Hold'em
3 $75,350.00 2005 WSOP - Event 16, $1,500 No-limit Hold'em Shootout
27 $4,970.00 2005 WSOP - Event 11, $2,000 Pot-limit Hold'em
8 $66,055.00 2005 WSOP - Event 7, $1,000 No-limit Hold'em w/rebuys
1 $360,000.00 WPT Season 2 - San Jose's Bay 101 Shooting Star

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