Phil Gordon was born on July 6, 1970. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1991 with a degree in computer science, after which Phil became the first employee of a startup company. The company was later bought out, and Phil used his buyout money to become a world traveler, visiting more than 50 different countries on 6 continents.
Phil Gordon’s first major poker success came in 2001, when he had a 4th place finish in the World Series of Poker Main Event. The following year, Phil had two final table appearances, finishing 3rd in an Omaha Hi/Lo event and 6th in a Pot Limit Holdem event. Later that year, in the World Poker Tour’s inaugural tournament which was held in Aruba, Phil won the professional division but lost to amateur division champion Juha Hellpi. At the 2003 WSOP Main Event, Phil provide expert analysis for the Binion’s Horseshoe live internet broadcast and gave daily radio reports on the action. In 2004 Phil eliminated two opponents in one hand to win the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Stars event. In this event some of the professionals had bounties place on their head, and Phil earned a bounty when he eliminated 2003 WSOP Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker on the final hand.
Phil Gordon was the expert commentary on Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown, but Phil Hellmuth took over this job in 2006. Phil has written two poker books, Poker: The Real Deal and Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Hold’em. Phil has also released a DVD, Final Table Poker.
Phil Gordon lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a member of Team Full Tilt, Full Tilt Poker’s team of professional poker players. You can find Phil giving advice and playing online exclusively at Full Tilt Poker, where he has a screenname of “Phil Gordon.”