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Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon
Phil Gordon at the Caesars Palace Poker Blog Tournament
Nickname(s) Tiltboy
Residence Newport, Washington
Born (1970-07-06) July 6, 1970
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Money finish(es) 18
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
4th, 2001
World Poker Tour
Title(s) 1
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 1

Philip Stewart Gordon[1] (born July 6, 1970) is an American professional poker player, commentator and author.


  • Personal life 1
  • Poker 2
    • Live poker 2.1
      • World Series of Poker 2.1.1
      • World Poker Tour 2.1.2
      • Other events 2.1.3
    • Online poker 2.2
  • Commentary 3
  • Author 4
  • Philanthropy 5
  • World Series of Rock Paper Scissors 6
  • Tournament bridge 7
  • Political activity 8
  • Other ventures 9
  • Bibliography 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Personal life

Gordon was born in B.S. degree in computer science in 1991. After stints working at Santa Cruz Operation and Lockheed, Gordon joined start-up Netsys Technologies as their first hired employee. In 1996, Netsys was acquired by Cisco Systems, making him a millionaire, and in 1997 he retired from the high-tech industry to travel the world and to play poker.[3]

Gordon currently lives in Newport, Washington, with his wife, Barb, and their two boys, Xander and Zachary.[4]


Live poker

World Series of Poker

Phil Gordon first entered The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in 2001 and finished 4th, winning $400,000.[5] In 2002, he made two more WSOP final tables, finishing 6th in the $2,000 Pot Limit hold 'em event and 3rd in the $2,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Split event.[5] At the 2005 WSOP, he finished 3rd in the $1,500 No Limit Texas hold 'em Shootout event. Although he made several WSOP final tables, he has yet to win a bracelet. However, he did win the 2010 WSOP Ante Up For Africa event, defeating actress Shannon Elizabeth heads up. He donated the entire $130,641 first place prize to the charity.

World Poker Tour

In March 2004 Gordon knocked out two players at once, one of them former World Series of Poker main event champion Chris Moneymaker, to win the WPT's Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament.[5] In 2002, Gordon won the professional division of the first UltimateBet Aruba tournament, before losing the championship to the amateur division's winner, Juha Helppi.

World Poker Tour Titles
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2004 $5,000 Bay 101 Shooting Star $360,000

Other events

On Thanksgiving Day 2006, Gordon won the Full Tilt Poker Poker Championship at Red Rock, outlasting 5 other notable poker headliners and ultimately defeating Roland De Wolfe heads-up to win a purse of $600,000. Gordon earned $25,000 at the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship tournament, finishing in the final 16. Gordon defeated Scotty Nguyen and 2006 WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold to advance.

As of 2010, Gordon's total live tournament winnings exceed $2,300,000. His 18 WSOP cashes account for $707,537 of his live tournament winnings.

Online poker

Gordon is part of the group known as the "Tiltboys", who helped design the software that was eventually used by Full Tilt Poker.[6] Gordon was a member of Team Full Tilt.[6]


Gordon is well known for his commentary on poker broadcasts. Most notably, he was a commentator on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown for seven seasons, before stepping down in 2006. In 2003, he provided commentary for the WSOP Championship Event for Binion's live Internet broadcast, as well as daily reports for a national radio audience, and he provided commentary for ESPN's live pay per view broadcast of the final table of the World Series of Poker main event championship in both 2006 and 2007. He was also the lead broadcaster for the ESPN series, The Pro-Am Poker Equalizer that began airing January 6, 2007.


Gordon has written five books on poker, including the bestsellers Poker: The Real Deal and Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Hold 'em. Gordon has written for poker magazines, and writes a regular column and hosts a podcast, The Poker Edge, for The podcast has been airing since April 10, 2006. Gordon has also released an award winning instructional DVD, Expert Insight: Final Table Poker.


Gordon is well known for his philanthropic causes, especially cancer research. Gordon is an active fundraiser and sat on the Board of Directors for the Prevent Cancer Foundation until resigning in 2011 in the wake of the Full Tilt Poker scandal.

In 2003, Gordon and fellow poker pro Rafe Furst embarked on their Ultimate Sports Adventure Tour. During the trip, the pair attended more than 140 sporting events. At each stop, they collected donations, held auctions, and raffled off prizes to benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation, raising $100,000.[2][6] During the trip, Gordon and Furst came up with the idea for their Bad Beat on Cancer, an initiative that asks World Series of Poker participants to pledge 1% of any winnings to cancer research.[7] Bad Beat on Cancer has been involved in a number of other endeavors, including an annual charity poker event hosted by the Twitter Poker Tour and held online at Gordon’s Full Tilt Poker,[8] as well as a breast cancer charity event, the Bad Beat on Cancer Challenge, which was held in November 2009 on PokerStars.[9] Bad Beat on Cancer has raised over $3 million for cancer prevention research.[10]

World Series of Rock Paper Scissors

As a USA Rock Paper Scissor (USARPS) Head Referee[11] Gordon has hosted an annual $500 World Series of Rock Paper Scissors event in conjunction with the World Series of Poker since 2005.[12] The winner of the WSORPS receives an entry into the WSOP Main Event. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation via Gordon's charity Bad Beat on Cancer. Poker player Annie Duke won the Second Annual World Series of Rock Paper Scissors.[13][14] The tournament is taped by ESPN and highlights are covered during "The Nuts" section of ESPN's annual WSOP broadcast.[15][16][17] 2009 was the fifth year of the tournament.

Tournament bridge

When Gordon is not playing poker, he often plays tournament contract bridge with some success. He has won two North American Bridge Championships (NABC) events. In 1990, he won the Red Ribbon Pairs, an event restricted to players with 2000 masterpoints or less.[18] At the 2008 Summer NABC in Las Vegas, Gordon was on the team that won the NABC Open Swiss Teams, beating numerous world and national champion players in this event with no masterpoint limit.[19]

Political activity

In August 2010, Phil Gordon joined the board of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee (LNCC). He said, "Americans deserve a Congress that realizes that government isn't a solution, but is in fact the problem. The Libertarian Party is a viable alternative to the 2-party travesty that created this mess."[20]

Other ventures

Gordon appeared in the 2008 film The Grand. Directed by Zak Penn, the film was a mockumentary (à la Best In Show) about a long running, annual, winner-take-all Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament in Las Vegas. Gordon played himself and had a relatively major role as the color commentator of the televised tournament.


  • Poker: The Real Deal (2004)ISBN 0689875908
  • Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em (2005) ISBN 1-4169-0367-4
  • Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book: More Lessons and Hand Analysis in No Limit Texas Hold'em (2006) ISBN 1-4169-2719-0
  • Phil Gordon's Little Black Book: Beginning Poker Lessons and the No Limit Lifestyle (2006) ISBN 1-4169-3641-6
  • Phil Gordon's Little Gold Book: Advanced Lessons to Master Poker 2.0 (2011) ISBN 978-1-4516-4159-2


  1. ^ "F.E.C. Image".  
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  3. ^ Georgia Tech Alumni Association - Phil Gordon Plays a Winning Hand
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  5. ^ a b c Hendon Mob Database: Phil Gordon
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  11. ^ "Master Rosh's Analysis of the Final Match". USARPS Leagues. USARPS. 2005-06-28. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  12. ^ Friess, Steven (2007-05-14). "Las Vegas's latest game: Rock, paper, scissors". NY Times. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  13. ^ Levitt, Steven (2006-07-26). "Annie Duke Wins 2nd Annual World Series of Poker’s Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament (my research assistant gets knocked out in the first round)". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Where's Annie?". 2006-08-05. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  15. ^ Caldwell, John (2005-06-15). "The REAL championship at the World Series of Poker". Poker News. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  16. ^ "WSOP Schedule Whiplash". Poker Pages. 2005-06-14. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  17. ^ Craig, Michael. "EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE: Roshambo - The Rematch". Pokerworks. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  18. ^ "Red Ribbon Pairs begins today". p. 20. 
  19. ^ "Gordon team claims Open Swiss". p. 20. 
  20. ^ Libertarian National Congressional Committee Announces Addition of Poker Celebrity Phil Gordon to the Board

External links

  • Official site
  • Phil Gordon at the Internet Movie Database
  • Expert Insight
  • column
  • Full Tilt Poker profile
  • Interview
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