Phil GordonMon, 16 Jun 2008 20:22
A poker biography of Phil Gordon.
Name - Phil Gordon
Born - 1970, El Paso, Texas, United StatesPoker Room - Full Tilt Poker
Phil Gordon now belongs to the group of fastest rising stars in the industry of poker. Ever since his breakout success in 2001, nothing has managed to stop Phil from joining the rank of the most distinguished poker players of the new millennium. Phil has become a magnet of blessings, with numerous wins in almost every major poker game he participates in and several hosting stints in major poker game coverages.
Phil's love and mastery of poker have its roots in his childhood. Phil's first-ever poker teacher was his skillful Aunt Lib who, as Phil would account, often visited him and his mom in their house over at Columbia in South Carolina whenever summertime would come. Phil recalls himself as a kid joining his mom and aunt to play the poker game variation known as penny-ante Five-Card Draw.
Upon reaching the age of 15, Phil attended college at the Georgia Institute of Technology through a prestigious National Merit Scholarship grant. Five years after, at the age of 20, he received his computer science degree. Then after graduation, he spent two years of working for Lockheed, and later on, as the very first employee and lead software engineer of Netsys Technologies, Inc. After only three years, Netsys was bought by Cisco systems for a cash and stock amounting to $95 million.
After getting his percentage from this humongous amount, Phil spent the money to go on an extended and extensive vacation tour across the globe. Phil traveled to South America where he constructed a raft made of balsa and journeyed along the world-famous Amazon River. He later went to Uganda where he tracked wild gorillas, and then to Australia where he served as a judge for this wet shirt competition.
Then, in 2001, Phil found his way back to his childhood passion -- playing poker. He joined the World Series of Poker's championship game that year and finished fourth place, taking home $400,000. The following year, Phil made two finishes in separate table finals, third place in the Omaha Eight-or-Better, and sixth place in the Pot-Limit Hold'em. The consecutive rounds of success prompted UltimateBet.com to invite Phil to go to Aruba and participate in the very first World Poker Tour, where Phil defeated seven world-renowned major players and eventually took home the $250,000 grand prize.
In 2003, Phil served as an analyst for the Binion Horseshoe's online live coverage of the WSOP finals. Phil also gave daily updates regarding the tournament over Murray in the Morning of the Sporting News Radio. Then, in March of the following year, Phil once more joined another tourney, the World Poker Tour, and won $360,000 for the Bay 101 Shooting Stars event. In the Bay 101 tournament, Phil, together with his circle of friends collectively called the "Tiltboys," dressed up in drag and appeared in the game exclusive for ladies. Phil's group, later on called as "Tiltgirls," received a fun and wild cheer from the crowd.
His jolly and spontaneous character catapulted Phil as a full-fledged celebrity, appearing in a slew of shows like "Squawk Box" on CNCBC and on the syndicated show, "Blind Date," and in numerous magazines like Smithsonian Magazine and Card Player Magazine. Now, apart from being a poker player, Phil is currently enjoying his celebrity status as the presenter of the hit TV show, "Celebrity Poker Showdown."