Phil Gordon was born on July 6, 1970, and he took his own path to the poker world. Phil graduated from Georgia Tech in 1991 with a degree in Computer Science. Gordon joined a start-up technology company as the first employee. This company was later bought by a larger company, and Phil used the money he gained from this to travel the world, visiting 50 countries on 6 different continents.
Phil Gordon’s Poker Career
Phil made his mark in the poker world in 2001, when he finished 4th in the World Series of Poker Main Event, winning $400,000. The following year, Phil made two final tables at the World Series of Poker. Phil earned 6th place in Pot-Limit Hold’em and a 3rd place finish in Omaha 8/Better. Later in 2002, Phil played in the professional division of the World Poker Tour’s inaugural tournament in Aruba, where he won the professional division and $250,000. He later lost the amateur division’s winner, Juha Helppi.
At the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003, Phil Gordon did expert analysis for Binion’s Horseshoe’s live internet broadcast, as well as daily reports for radio audiences. In 2004, Phil won the World Poker Tour’s “Bay 101 Shooting Stars” tournament by knocking out two opponents on one hand to win the $360,000 first prize. There were also prizes for knocking out certain poker pros during the tournament, and Phil won a bounty on the final hand, as one of the two players he knocked out was the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion, Chris Moneymaker.
Phil Gordon, The Businessman
Phil is the author of several poker books, including “Poker: The Real Deal” and “Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Hold’em.” Phil has also made a DVD, “Final Table Poker.” For several years, Phil Gordon provided poker commentary for Bravo channel’s Celebrity Poker Showdown. As of 2006, Phil Gordon stepped down from the show to be replaced by a fellow Phil, poker pro Phil Hellmuth. Phil Gordon is a huge supporter of the Cancer Research and Prevention Organization.
Phil Gordon was formally a member of the FullTilt Poker team of professionals. Phil played online exclusively at Full Tilt Poker, and offered tips and advice to players who wished to improve their poker games.