Phil Gordon


Phil Gordon is a professional poker player, author, and commentator, based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bio

Born in 1970 and originally from Texas, Gordon is a former National Merit Scholar and child prodigy who started taking college classes at age 15 and graduated from college at age 20, graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science in 1991. Before graduating he took a year off from school for to play professional bridge. He has won two national bridge competitions.

After college he worked on artificial intelligence projects for the military and took another job writing software at Lockheed. Sometime later, Gordon joined start-up Netsys Technologies as their first hired employee. In 1996, Netsys was acquired by Cisco Systems during the Internet stock bubble for $96 million, making Gordon a millionaire. In 1997 he retired from the high-tech industry and spent a few years traveling around the world to learn about different cultures, as well as to play poker professionally.

Poker

The 6 foot 9 inch tall Gordon began playing poker for pennies at age 7 against his aunt. He started playing more seriously in low-limit poker games while still at his software job.

Gordon first entered the WSOP Main Event in 2001 and finished 4th, winning $399,610. 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. He made more final tables in 2005, 2007, and 2009.

In 2002, Gordon won the professional division of the first UltimateBet Aruba tournament, before losing the final championship to the amateur division's winner, Juha Helppi. In March 2004 Gordon knocked out two players at once to win the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament, winning $360,000.

On Thanksgiving Day 2006, Gordon won the Full Tilt Poker Poker Championship, defeating Roland De Wolfe heads-up to win the $600,000 prize.

Gordon has been a commentator for many poker broadcasts, including Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown for seven seasons, before stepping down in 2006, the 2003 WSOP Championship Event for Binion's live Internet broadcast, and ESPN's live pay per view broadcast of the final table of the WSOP main event in both 2006 and 2007.

Media

Gordon has written three books on poker, including "Poker: The Real Deal", "Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Hold 'em", and "Phil Gordon's Little Blue Book: More Lessons and Hand Analysis in No Limit Hold 'em". He has released an instructional DVD, "Expert Insight: Final Table Poker". Gordon has also written for poker magazines, and hosts a poker podcast for ESPN.com.

Gordon appeared in the 2008 film, The Grand, a mockumentary about an annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament in Las Vegas. Gordon played himself and had a major role as the commentator of the televised tournament.

Cancer research fundraising

Gordon was first taught poker by his aunt, who died of liver cancer. He is on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, for which he is an active fundraiser. In 2003 he and a friend traveled in an RV to major sporting events in the U.S. to raise awareness and money for cancer. They also came up with the idea for a new charitable organization, "Bad Beat on Cancer", a program that asks World Series of Poker participants to pledge 1% of any winnings to cancer research. Bad Beat on Cancer has raised over $2 million for cancer prevention research.

As of 2008, Gordon has 15 WSOP cashes and total live tournament winnings exceeding $1,700,000.

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bad_dog76 on November 30, 2007

is he on this page cuz he is 6'9 and is nice? he's a drone poker player,,guess his money gets him noticed,,the dude has no skills and a lousy commentator

headlessman1964 on December 31, 2006

Hey, has anyone heard anything about Phil in a while? I miss him on Celebrity Poker, and haven't heard much about him since he quit the show. My friend Sandi over @ the Palms says she doesn't even see him anymore since C.P.S. was being filmed in New Orleans. :(

Mae on October 21, 2006

Yeah, Phil Gordon is not a "closer" IMO.

HPG ADMIN on October 5, 2006

Anyone, please tell me one tourney this donkey has won. Im gunna look it up hold on.
This is the only thing he has won, he stumbled onto 1 win lol:

03-Mar-04 $ 5,000 WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day
2004 - Bay 101 Shooting Stars, San Jose

DonkeySlayer on October 5, 2006

You will never see him at another wpt final table

undertaker on August 28, 2006

Stick to Celebrity Poker Showdown Bitch! You suck!

bad_dog76 on August 11, 2006

I just wanted to thank Phil for signing my copy of his latest "Little Green Book." The message was nice, too, you didn't have to write as much as you did. Thanks a bunch! And thanks, Sandi, for getting him to sign the book for me! ;)

Mae on December 17, 2005

Hey, I'd just like to know how we are supposed to view previous postings that people have left. But yes, thanks, Admin, for cleaning up these boards. :)

Mae on October 2, 2005

You are clueless love. I am merely poking fun at you. Don't be so serious. I totally understand where you are coming from, but remember if people can't say what or how they truly feel (on here or anywhere else); they will most likely go somewhere else.

ms_pockets on September 28, 2005

I'm very liberal about stuff that is allowed to get posted. When things get really bad I delete them but I didn't have time to read all the comments and couldn't keep up. Now I have it set up so that readers can report a post to me. But I still have to tweak my code a bit to make it easier.
As far as the # of posts going down, most people just don't want to bother signing up. I'm going to try to set it up in the next few days so that the unregistered people can post again - but I will need to approve the psots before they show up on the page.

HPG ADMIN on September 28, 2005

I don't get it...so you run this? So have I been good...or am I on the thin red line? I have said some things....lol. Well there haven't been alot of posts since this whole moderating thing started. LOL, I guess you must scare people. LOL. I am not scared yet. You have to try harder.

ms_pockets on September 27, 2005

I might put back in a box to let people post unregistered but it will be moderated so they won't show up on the page until I approve them.

www.homepokegames.com

HPG ADMIN on September 25, 2005

oops i just read my post and i can't spell....LOL....

ms_pockets on September 23, 2005

Is this what it has come to? We have to now to go through all this moe foe to post? Well thanks alot people, LOL. I guess thats one way to stop stupid people. LOL. Anyways I just saw the celeb show down tourny and I must say Phil looked very handsome...but I kept getting distracted by the awful plays by the celebs. Is being good looking and famous an excuse for being an idot? I am only joking...I guess all the celling lights beaming down must be a distraction. LOL

ms_pockets on September 23, 2005

ms_pockets... I'm pleasantly surprised to find that someone picked up on those comments from others. Who cares what he does in the privacy of his home? People really ARE that shallow. It's sad.

Unregistered on September 22, 2005

I could beat him with one chip, he sucks so much

jj15 on September 10, 2005

While waiting in line for one of Phils seminars earlier this week I actually had the pleasure of playing with him. There were about eight of us out there on the sidewalk, several hours before the scheduled event. Phil went and bought some chips and cards, sat down in the heat of the afternoon and played a mini tourny with us. The prizes were m+ms and an icecream. I didnt win that one, but i gained a wealth of knowledge through the seminar and the next evening i placed 2nd in a tournament, the best yet for me. It's only going to get better. your a cool guy phil- thanks, stefan abitbol. P.S. I'll never limp in with pocket queens again!

aurorstefan on August 31, 2005

Well, I have no reason to doubt Phil's intellect. If his IQ is up in the 140/150+ range (genius) then I have little doubt that his ability to win tournaments is a question of skill rather than "volume" of playing (facilitated by his wealth). Being a great poker player can come through learning and dedication - or simply being a lot smarter than others at the table. I have an IQ well above the range I just provided, and while I have only played occasionally with friends, I tend to win (and I similarly always win at casino tables). I wouldn't expect to win at tournaments (necessarily)... I am simply not experienced enough yet. Besides, many of the top players (I suspect) have very high IQs. Heck, James Woods, recognized for having an IQ above 160 (I believe estimated based on SAT scores) went from not knowing the game, to being a very, very capable player at major tournies. Any of you that doubt Phil (assuming his credentials of working on A.I. projects and starting his own company are accurate) are really missing the point... and just because you can't "see" his strategy (or why he is effective), doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. In fact, the more opaque it is to all of you, the more opaque it probably is to his competition - certainly a good thing in the long-run.

Davey-o on August 27, 2005

YOu Guys ALl Question Phils Skill WIth The Cards. Lets See. Hes One Over Twelve Big Poker Tournys. he knocked out chris moneymaker and (forgot who else) out in the same hand for a win. Busted Phil hellmuth and Jen Harman to win another big tourny. Id say Phils more then just a good poker player. o yea made it to the final tabel of the main event as well. keep it up phil.

are you serious on August 25, 2005

Ro Sham Bo Champ

Unregistered on August 23, 2005

you're all on drugs......don't over think it...eye candy is eye candy...who cares what he does as long as in your own little mind he is doing it to you.....lol...whisper in my ear phil.....lol

ms_pockets on August 22, 2005

*the lady LOVES eye candy....* Ms_Pockets, e-mail me when you get the chance. I wanna tell you my full story, ok? ;-)

Marina on August 22, 2005

Whew....so, so glad to hear he is a KING....and he's definitely eye candy that I wouldn't mind getting a taste of.

Is Phil a Queen of Hearts? on August 22, 2005

no i was talking about phil gordon after the game he kept whispering in Andrew Firestone's ear, "good job, good job"... lol it just seemed like phil gordon is possessed by some sort of demon.and about johnny fairplay, yea he was annoying as hell but it was kinda cool. i mean that shit works, he could get alot of players out there on tilt... if he could just stay off tilt for 2 hands it could work for him.

Jared/GeneralD/micbiotch772 on August 21, 2005

I was told Johnny was the first one out. Sorry for the mistake, although I'm glad I missed it. Phil ISN'T gay, lol! But Phil possessed? that's funny...

Marina on August 21, 2005

Jared, are you talking about Johnny Fairplay? This guy was far worse than Dennis Rodman, and I hope C.P.S. NEVER asks him back. This has to be the worst episode I've ever watched. Johnny was obnoxious, rude, and downright hateful. He kept talking about how the others were the worst poker players he's ever watched, yet I believe he was the FIRST ONE in the Loser's Lounge. I wish Dave or Phil or Bravo had the cajones to tell this man what to go do with himself. I'd rather watch Dennis Rodman anyday than this guy. (BTW, everyone, Andrew Firestone from "The Bachelor" won this particular game.)

Marina on August 20, 2005

Is Phil gay? He seems very chummy with that Dave guy on Celebrity Poker Showdown and with other males once in awhile - i.e., with Andrew Firestone after he won. (It would be very sad if he is gay...) BTW - that a**hole Johnny Nobody Fairplay was second in the loser lounge; that b*tch from the real world was first. Even though the show has some questionable "celebrities" on it from time to time, I think they've gone to a new low with the reality "stars"...their 15 minutes were up long ago - why keep putting the rest of us through the pain???

Is Phil a Queen of hearts? on August 20, 2005

Ok i know this is going to sound weird but i was watching the new Episode of Celebrity PokerShowdown... and when it was all over phil keeps whispering in the winners ear "good job, good job, good job"... It was the one with Johnny Fairplay, Andrew Firestone and Amerosa. anyone else see that? this guy just seemed like he was possessed by some kind of demon, it was really weird.

Jared/GeneralD/micbiotch772 on August 19, 2005

I have lived in my own fantasy world for the past year! lol I actually thought I could meet Phil at some point, and I came THIS close... I went to Las Vegas and visited the Palms, and I met Robert Thompson, who as many people know is the tournament director you see on Celebrity Poker Showdown. I talked to him for all of two minutes, and I met Sandi Wilson (from a previous post last year on this message board), who has become a very dear friend and second mom. But I haven't heard from Phil since December, so I wonder what's up with him. I think he's getting too busy to bother with "the little people" anymore... :-(

Marina on August 18, 2005

Of course, he's got a virtually non-stop schedule, so I suppose it's completely understandable! lol

Marina on August 18, 2005

I've never tried to contact him...lol...I just it never occured to me....lol. Oh well let people think what they will...live in your own fantasy world....lol

ms_pockets on August 16, 2005

ms_pockets, you can just call me "Mae", it's all right. :-) In one e-mail Phil wrote me, he called me "M", so even that will work. (You know... I haven't heard from him since Dec. 29, and his Dad never wrote me after his original e-mail back in November. Maybe they think I'm a woman after Phil for sex & money. Oh well...)

Marina on August 14, 2005

thanks Marina/Mae/maelohna@comcast.net...lol I post for fun and to laugh at other peoples stupidity, jealousy is a funny thing. I am for anyone who is happy with themselves. Don't be haters. lol

ms_pockets on August 11, 2005

Bad Bad Bad...be nice.....I love you Phil.....lol

ms_pockets on August 10, 2005

ms_pockets, you've posted on this website on other players' pages, haven't you? I thought I saw a post from you.. :-) I'm glad to know I'm not the only "Phil-lover" out there! :D

Marina on August 10, 2005

Phil is such a cutie...the best looking pro out there. I'm reading his book right now trying to get some pointers. He's made the book a pleasure to read; it's both informative and funny. Enjoy watching him on Celebrity Poker Showdown.

PokerProWannaBe on July 27, 2005

i see that you assholes didn't get the point...anyways...i am tired...so good night and here's a freebie on me, ok? Take your own advise: buy a house (home equity loan on Jul 21, 2005)so you have somewhere to whack yourself off at (discount viagra)...and remember if your hard on last for more than 4 hrs...consult a doctor.....lol.

ms_pockets (pokerroom.com, full tilt poker) on July 22, 2005

funny...you are all very funny...lol

ms_pockets (pokerroom.com) on July 20, 2005

This guy DOES look like Nic Cage, its amazing.

Unregistered on July 20, 2005

Iloveme.com

Phil Gordon on July 19, 2005

Call me, We'll watch some PokeMon Poker Wanna be

Phil Hellmuth on July 19, 2005

Is this about phil gordon as a person or a poker player? I think there is a difference. You can't attack someone personally then trash his poker skills. I smell haters. If he is loaded then good for him. He earned every penny. He must be good at something to make it this far. If you are hating on his poker skills...then just don't watch. Turn the channel. Haters....lol...get a life.

ms_pockets (pokerroom.com) on July 18, 2005

I think he's in that tv promo because #1.) people recognize him more because of Celebrity Poker Showdown, #2.) Because he's one of the main programmers for FullTiltPoker.com, and #3.) because of his $$$. While it's true most of those players are better than he, he's got much more $$$ than they do. As we all know, most of the time, the one with the most $$$ usually gets the most control. Not all the time, but most of the time...

Marina on July 14, 2005

gordon is great for poker. i dont know anyone who donates so much energy to promote the game. he does blogs and his pod cast is excellent. he did a hand by hand anaysis of the tournaments hes entered in. you get the inside feel and emotion, including the bad beats and he admitts stupid play.. he is great for the whole poker machine

loveland on July 12, 2005

I'm sure he's a nice guy but WHY WHY WHY is he in that Reservoir Dogs style promo with the pro celebs walking down the street?! He is NOT an upper echelon player and does not belong in their company! If I was a dot-com multimillionaire I could easily be a..."pro"...he's only on TV and in that position because of his $$$ and that's the ONLY reason. If he broke his back every day for a measly $15 and hour like me he'd be a NOBODY! Like I said nice guy.

Hal on July 12, 2005

hey stringbet he won a tournament after coming back with one chip left

Unregistered on July 11, 2005

this guy has NOT proven himself in anyway, what makes his poker special is the fact he buys his way into main events.watching him play reminds me of the beginners at the local poker club

string bet on July 7, 2005

he is good but some ppl overrate him. when he was saying that this one hand was good or something like that on Celebrity Poker, i think he was wrong. I somewhat doubt his skills but i still think he is pretty good.

JetsFan315 on July 6, 2005

For packing 14 Million $ and 96 inches.

Legendary on June 26, 2005

Hey man! Wanna play a little game of Three Finger Rusty Trumphet? If you win, I will give you five thousand dollars. If I win, I get five minutes alone in a closet with your seven year old daughter. I promise I will be gentle. Consider it you rich COOT.

Amarillo Slim on June 6, 2005

heard this guy had his way with 6 of Hef's girls back in late '03. not bad. not bad at all. Guess when you're packin 14" and 96 million thats the kind of score you can make.

Dave Foley on June 6, 2005

Whatever you think about his play (or bad choice of shirts on Blind Date), there is no doubt that Phil is one of the best poker TEACHERS out there. I'm very excited to get a copy of his new DVD -- I've heard from a few people that it will be by far the best instructional video ever made -- for any subject. The website (www.expertinsight.com) is up and taking pre-orders it seems... I've already ordered mine.Student of the Game

Poker Student on May 17, 2005

I read goat banger.

Thomas on May 15, 2005

I just saw this dork on "Blind Date." He tried to act slick. He wore a god awful, Chan-like shirt. He tried to get her drunk. But he still struck out in the end. You'll always be 7 2 off-suit to me Phil...friggin geek.

Rolly on May 12, 2005

Could never make a living playing cards. The pros love to see this guy walk into the room. But at least he can afford all the ass beatings he gets.

loser on May 8, 2005

He's obviously not Doyle Brunson, or Amarillo Slim, or Johnny Chan. His name is Phil Gordon, and that would make him his own person. Why would Phil want to be anyone else other than what God's called him to be??A side note... For the last week, coming to this site, there is a temporary internet file that keeps getting downloaded to my computer that has a virus. Easily deleted, but I think it has something to do with the advertising. It's a trojan virus, so if you guys don't have updated virus protection, get it now. (Also, I'd love to know when Mike Gordon will post again. I've written him two replies to the e-mail he sent me but I've never heard back from him. I wonder how he's doing. :) )

Marina on May 6, 2005

Carol Gina, all you need to do is go to Phil's website, www.philgordonpoker.com. You'll find lots of info about him. It'll take several hours of viewing to see and read everything. Phil even has clips of some of his radio interviews, so you'll be able to listen to him too. P.S. Somewhere on his website you'll also find pictures of what Mike Gordon looks like. When I first found that picture, I could see which parent gave Phil his smile. :)

Marina on April 21, 2005

After watching Phil on TV many times I had the extreme pleasure of meeting him at the Palms on April 9, 2005. I observed him the prior day during filming of the Bravo Celebrity Showdown and knew that I had to meet him. I'm so glad I had the courage to hold up my camera and ask for his picture as he was about to walk by. He set down the box he was carrying and came right over and posed with me. He is a genuinely nice man who is also very good looking. His shyness is endearing. His eyes are like windows to his soul, one look into them and I knew he was as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside. He is NOT pretentious, arrogant, or conceited. Since meeting him I have been trying to learn as much about him as I possibly can. His many accomplishments, intelligence, commitment to charity work and desire for adventure all make him the very special man that he is. Thank you Mr. Mike Gordon (and your wife) for raising such a fine man. The world is truly a better place for having Phil in it. I would love to be the president of his fan club any day. Where do I sign up? Most sincerely, Carol Gina

Carol-Gina/CAROLGINAOFMI on April 19, 2005

anybody noticed how tall he is? He's 6'9''. But he isnt stuck up about any of his advantages like being so wealthy and tall , he comes across on tv as a quiet gentleman

next_generation_tour on April 15, 2005

phil is hairier than a mf. saw him in the first season wpt aruba on dvd playin volleyball. looked like sasquatch. LMFAO

fuh q on April 11, 2005

*clarifies PokerVertigo's statement... She is a "kiss-up", not a "suck-up"... BIG difference! LOL! I also believe there are far better poker players out there than Phil, but I also believe that no one makes poker more enjoyable for me to watch than Phil. As for meeting him and talking poker, there are people on this posting board that HAVE met Phil and talked poker, so, why not me? If God has the power to part the Red Sea (which no one can prove or disprove, so I tend to believe He did), then God has the power to make it so that I'd get the chance to meet Phil. PokerVertigo is right about one thing, though. I'd LOVE to see Phil go heads up against other poker superstars. As a matter of fact, a "battle-of-the-Phils" is what I'd like to see! Phil against Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Paul Phillips... I think there's another Phil out there, but I can't think of him right now.Just who is Roy Cooke, or Roy Crooke, as Wondering puts it?

Marina on April 2, 2005

Ok it seems like most of the posters here are simply congradulating phil in the hopes that they might one day meet up with him and talk poker. Give it a rest, he's a rich guy that plays poker on his budget which is higher than most of us. I think he's a smart guy and a well rounded poker player, but I too think he's not as good as some of these suckups on this site give him credit to be. I would like to see him go heads up against the poker superstars invitational crew... Howard, phil ivey, doyle.. etc.. So he knocked out Chris moneymaker... *sigh* I have no respect for Chris at all... But either way, I do enjoy watching Phil comment on celeb poker, it is the only reason why I catch a glimpse of that show occasionally... I mean what point is there to watch celeb poker if you're a serious poker player?.. It is no different than watching a group of chimps play cards (famous chimps).

PokerVertigo on April 1, 2005

Phil admires Roy Cooke? AKA Roy CROOK, and his Planet Poker site that rips people off? That doesn't even seem right. I respect Phil, but not as much if he admires ROY CROOK.

Wondering on April 1, 2005

Phil was in D.C.?? I only live about 2 1/2 hrs from there!! I can't believe I was that close.... oh, how it breaks the heart.... ;) Jbabz, I hope you had a great time!

Marina on March 13, 2005

I met Phil at a bar in D.C. tonight. He was an extremely nice man.

Jbabz on March 11, 2005

Phil is awesome!!!!!!!Oh and for some reason I enjoy showing my index and middle fingers up my ass while I watch I love Lucy. Can anyone in here ralate.

Dirk Diggler on March 2, 2005

Yeah, I thought maybe there was something going on there...

melissamd on February 28, 2005

Your mama: It is partially because of Phil that I now have a life. Melissamd: You are definitely NOT the only "Phil-admirer" out there... I watched the show because of the celebrities at first, but now I watch C.P.S. more or less for Phil. ;)Anyone: Did any of you who watched the game which featured Malcolm Jamal-Warner notice how "chummy" Phil seemed with Andrea Parker? They actually seemed like they'd make a good couple together. :)

Marina on February 27, 2005

Wow. I didn't know I wasn't the only Phil admirer out there....I watch the show because it's entertaining, but also because Phil's cute. My friends laugh..but apparently I'm not alone...

melissamd on February 26, 2005

Does anyone know who Phils girlfreind is? I was just wondering if she is someone famous.

Ann on February 21, 2005

i like phil. i read his book and wasnt very pleased..its like he wrote the book in half an hour just to capitalize on the poker boom...sorry phil, you arent the next hemmingway lol...

iveyfan05 on February 17, 2005

Phil's awesome. Stop buggin. I love it when people with no money try to understand what it is like to have it. He plays because he loves it. I doubt he worries much about the $$$$. His book of tipes that he gives all the players on celebrity poker showdown can be purchased here: http://www.philgordonpoker.com/philanthropist.html enjoy

killavanilla on February 15, 2005

andy beal is a texas bilionaire that sits in the big game at the bellagio alot...he wins some off the pros ..but for the most part i heard they treat him like a broken atm..

iveyfan05 on January 30, 2005

Just wondering Phil - I have heard alot about a guy named Andy Beal - have you ever played him in competition or private game ? What do you think about his skill level ? Thanks

skippy on January 26, 2005

Phil is so adorable. It is a combination of that you can tell he's shy (deep down), his deep voice, and his sincere and hearty laugh; too bad he's only 34 and in love with Shannon Elizabeth (just joking, Phil)

Linda G. from Rochester on January 25, 2005

Phil Gordon is loaded, I don't think he cares about money too much.

Unregistered on January 18, 2005

If Phil ever comes to Lincoln England he is welcome to stay at mine. ( Saves hotel fees)

Unregistered on January 13, 2005

Phil is definetly a class act and a lot of fun to watch. He was probably in Forbes for his company he sold to Cisco. $10,000 buy-in poker tourneys for him is like us average joes going out to a movie.

Whip on January 2, 2005

As far as I know, Phil is NOT married *dreamy sigh*, but I believe he has been before. I heard this from a National Public Radio recording.

Marina on December 30, 2004

They way he plays he should analyze celebrity poker for a living

Eddie on December 30, 2004

Phil is a great looking guy with a v. sexy voice. love watching him on WPT on t.v. Is he married?

dawnydoo on December 29, 2004

I want to welcome Phil to Vegas.

Sherri/Sincitystarlet on December 25, 2004

On this Christmas holiday, I wanted to write because of all the tinsel, stars, gifts, etc, that people are talking about... Not necessarily stars in the sky, however, but stars as in people. With that said, I wanted to share this excerpt from www.denverpost.com's short article about Phil:"A sincere fellow with a love for the game, Gordon is convincing when he says a person with patience, courage and aggressiveness can rise to the top in poker. He's a star showing us how we might join him in the firmament.Maybe that's more pressure than possibility. Maybe our stars, like Lance Armstrong and Roger Clemens, shine brightest when they're out of reach.Staff writer Vic Vogler can be reached at 303-820-1749 or vvogler@denverpost.com"I started to think... Is Phil Gordon a star completely out of my reach? For several months now I have believed that I would someday meet him and get to know him better but sometimes I begin to doubt everything. I don't want to do that this Christmas but when I saw this article the comment about stars being out of my reach made me think of Phil Gordon, wondering if everything I've been doing the last few months will be worth it in the end. Have a great holiday, everyone! *GRINS*

Marina on December 24, 2004

gordon is a really good player but hes a great guy ive had the pleasure of meeting him and talking through email,,,always very generous with his time and a complete gentleman

djnpa_30 on November 30, 2004

Gordon is indeed a gentleman and a half.. Only question is how does he get around w/ his wallet weighing him down :)

Phil Phan on November 30, 2004

phil's got some big balls when it comes to poker

richardeum on November 22, 2004

phil gordon is an excellent player.... i am reading his book and it teaches a lot about everything u need 2 kno... i suggest it 2 any1 who is amatuer 2 intermediate :)

gordon rules on November 19, 2004

Mr. Gordon: I agree that Phil will be successful in whatever else he decides to accomplish. :-) The question is, WHAT will he decide to do next? Now that is something on which I'd wager! *grin* Personally, I'd like to see him do something with music. I read that Phil's a rather decent piano player; I'd like to hear him compose some of his own music. What do you think?

Marina on November 14, 2004

Phil Gordon and Dave Foley are great together. Definitely better than Kevin Pollak, although Pollak was good too. The only time I saw Phil go overboard was when he raked Jeff Gordon over the coals for folding a hand with Angie Dickinson. Phil certainly knows his game and Foley is funny as hell most of the time. People who say Phil doesn't know poker is just plain stupid. I watch celebrity poker on Bravo all the time because it's fun and not boring like the WSOP can be at times. Hope the show is on for a long time to come.

pokerbabe on November 12, 2004

I don't understand how anyone can make the kind of comments wizardofroz made yesterday about Phil. Goofy looking?? I don't think so! I go nuts for men with dark hair, deep blue eyes, gorgeous smiles, and the Kirk Douglas-type of chin that Phil has! Bastards?? I'm actually more of a bastard than Phil, considering that Phil has a father who loves him! What I wouldn't give for my own father just for five minutes to stand up and say the things about me that Mike Gordon has said about Phil!! Oh, by the way, that's actually what makes Phil rich, you know! For all of you who think it's Phil's money that makes him rich, that's not so; it's the fact that Phil's dad takes the time to care about his son, to love him, to write about him, and to defend him as Mr. Gordon did back in April with his other comment. My heart cries out for my dad's love, and I don't get it, but Phil has his dad, so don't any of you DARE to say that he is a bastard! As for marginal poker playing ability, I don't think winning over $1,000,000 is marginal. Sure there are better players out there, Phil has said so himself, but he's a hell of a lot better than I! That definitely isn't marginal! (Oh, one more thing... If I'm "kissing up" to Phil by saying what I've just said about him, there is NO ONE in this world I'd rather "kiss up" to...)

Marina on November 11, 2004

I am very proud of Phil and by reading the vast majority of your comments, I can say most of you agree. Every father should have a Phil. The kid keeps life interesting for all of us. We're all wondering what he is going to do next. Whatever it is , I will wager that he will be successful. Any takers? Personally, I wish he had turned pro, as in golf. He can really play, and don't think you will beat him at pool, or monolopy, or boggle, or crazy 8's. I take very little credit, he gets most from his mom. I do remember his calling cards at 8 or 9 years old. Phil Gordon, Computor Tutor.

Mike Gordon/Phil's Dad/mikegordon on November 10, 2004

He is one goofy looking bastard that seems a little too confident with his marginal poker ability.

wizardofroz on November 10, 2004

I met Phil Gordon in Paris of all places at the World Bridge Federation World Championships. The tournament had originally been scheduled for Bali but due to 9/11 the tournament was moved to Paris in very short notice. It was amazing the things that had to be done to make this move as a boat carrying all the equipment had to be found, unloaded and sent to Paris. The hotel accomodations were adequate but the bridge event was played in the soccer stadium which was a fair bus ride away. I think Phil would agree that a bridge world championship is every bit as exhausting as a poker tournament. One day, well into the tournament our tired team trudged out and saw a line of 5 buses waiting to take us back to the hotel. I said "ugh - which one has empty seats?" and heard a voice behind me say "this one has lots." All 5'1" of me (and old enough to be his mother)turned around and looked up and up and up and I'll be darned if this guy was tall enough to be looking in the bus windows! I said "thanks shorty" and he grinned and said "your welcome." Of course, througout the two week event I called him shorty every time I saw him. Phil dabbled in bridge for a while playing in several of our National Championships and we always found time to share a drink or two at each tournament. He promised me a Hold 'Em lesson next time I was in Vegas and I plan on collecting it soon.

Linda on November 7, 2004

I bought his boook. It's a great intro to poker. Well written and easy to follow. Points you in the right direction to continue learning. His book is how I found this site.

Unregistered on November 5, 2004

He's a decent player. Definitely underrated.

Chad on November 2, 2004

I was astonished to read here that Phil Gordon sold a company he owned for 96 million. Watching him on Celebrity Poker, I would have never guessed that he was so wealthy. Why? Because he is so nice and down-to-Earth on the show. He has none of the affectations that wealthy poker so often exhibit. I've learned so much from his commentating, and he and Dave Foley make a great television team. The negative comments about him seem ridiculous and self-serving. How many millionaires do you know that would offer their time in exchange for donations to a charity like cancer research. Not time spent just showing up for a few minutes at a charity event, but actually offering to spend time on the phone with real people to benefit other people with serious needs. He shames the vast majority of the other mega-millionaires who easily help those less fortunate but who just can't find the time. Phil seems like the kind of guy you would meet and never know he was so wealthy. And not only does he have the money going for him, he's obviously incredibly intelligent and is not a snob about either. As for those who thinks he resembles Nicholas Cage, I can't see it at all, either in voice or physical attributes. He is far better looking than Cage. Phil does have very kind eyes, and if they are truly windows to the soul, then they speaks volumes about his character. I have learned so much about a game that I previously knew nothing about, even though I'm a native Texan (if indeed that's where Texas Hold 'Em originated). The world would be a better place if there were more people like Phil who don't forget about the little people when they make it big.

astro54 on October 23, 2004

I Have An Invention That Deals With Texas Holdem, I Dont Need Venture Capital, But I Do Need To Speak Tophil Gordon On His Expertise In Exchange For Royaltyagreement On New Invention!

DR. DAVID SHAFFER/SOCKDOCS on October 20, 2004

Phil mentioned homepokergames.com in his new book

Unregistered on October 19, 2004

oh i didnt know he made the main event final table in 2001

pocket7s on October 19, 2004

well all be damned 4th place finisher not bad

pocket7s on October 19, 2004

wow if i recall that was the year phil helmuth and mike matusow, dewey tomko, some of the greats not bad wow didnt even remember him

pocket7s on October 19, 2004

In just the last six months I have become very interested in Texas Holdem poker. As old as I am, I keep wondering where I've been all my life. I became acquainted with it through Celebrity Poker and watching the players, though many may make some unbelieveable moves, I've gained a lot in "what not to do" as well as "what to do". Thanks to Phil Gordon who is able to communicate to those of us who are just beginners to the game. Thank you Phil and I hope some day when I make my many trips to Vegas, I'll be able to meet you. I know your father must be proud of you as I would be to have a son like you. Congratulations on your success and true happiness to you in the future. Keep teaching Poker - I'm learning a lot.

ctrekrule on October 18, 2004

Hey, did any of you notice the comment Phil made this past Sunday on Celebrity Poker Showdown? Dennis Rodman, the eventual winner, was doing things that kept Phil guessing about his actions the entire game! Phil even said after one of Dennis' moves that obviously Phil didn't know anything about the game! LOL!! But it was classic Dennis Rodman, the unpredictability and the sheer bravado that is so much a part of Dennis' persona. I can't wait to see/hear what Phil's comments will be when we see Dennis sit at the championship table. *Mae is eagerly looking forward to November!*

Marina on October 18, 2004

phil made the final table at the wsop main event in 2001.....nobody mentioned that....thats a huge deal....

jeffrey the player on October 17, 2004

Phil does seem very genuine and humble, at least to me, but I think I'd like to ask if he has any "religious" beliefs, and whether or not those beliefs have played a part in how he lives, plays poker, etc... Perhaps I'll someday get the chance to ask him. :) *wink*

Marina/Mae/comcast.net on October 16, 2004

really huh last time i checked the amount of entries in the wpt events hasnt stopped gus hansen from making final tables so maybe phil knows alot about poker but that doesnt nessacerily mean hes a good player

pocket7s on October 10, 2004

I just adore Phil so mush. He seems very humble and down to earth.Celebrity Poker Showdown is great for the simple fact that he's on it.I wish him continued success in life!

Molly/atrayitic on October 10, 2004

I just love poker and I love the way you explain everything on celeberty poker. I play with my co-wokers and I am really good at time, most of the time. It has been that on several occations I have one up to $110 a night, small money for a small town girl. But anyway I really enjoy your program. Hope to see more of you in the future.

Norma/ Normis/ ndelgado on October 9, 2004

Congrats, Normis, on winning $110! I'd love to be able to make that claim, too! Perhaps you'll meet Phil someday and get to play him heads up! hehe!

Marina on October 9, 2004

Sat and played a few hands with Phil last night at the Knob Creek whiskey Poker event @ Jay Z's club 40/40. He's really bright & sharp, as well as an all around nice guy.

CP. on October 6, 2004

Historically the same guys have always made final tables for good reason: they are smart and consistant poker players. Recently the ammount of people entering tournaments have sky-rocketed which means that unknowns will sometimes beat pros and even win. HOLDEM INVOLVES VARIANCE. That is how "amatures" beat "pros." Also, we see a VERY small percentage of actual hands played on TV. It's near impossible to determine how good a player is by watching a few selected/edited hands. There are great players out there who get KO'd on the first day of a tourney all the time. I also doubt a guy who hosts a poker show, has a new book out, etc...has the time to be in every WPT event. And yes, the celebs suck at poker for the most part...they are celebs...not pros. Phil's analysis of their amature play is beneficial to any newbie who hears it. Phil is a good guy (I've met him) and a solid player.

pocket7's DOESN'T KNOW POKER on October 5, 2004

I watch bravo poker every week.I would like to see just the nascar drivers play head to head think it would be great for charity and fun to watch.and I personally learn alot from Phil helps my game alot,what little game i have.lol

Jim /hawkwing08 on October 2, 2004

Dusty/HotDogKing: I absolutely agree with you! He is the main reason I watch Bravo's C.P.S., and he is the main reason I watch poker in general. His WPT win was fantastic, even if I do think luck had a hand in that last pot. Hey, did anybody catch Phil on Dennis Miller's show? If so, what did you think? :-)

Marina on September 28, 2004

I think phil is great to watch and listen to. His WPT win was amazing, and, despite what some of you are saying...he deserved it. Phil rocks, he is the main reason I watch celebirty poker on Bravo!

dusty/hotdogking/robertchicken on September 25, 2004

I have become quite a fan of his. He is so unpretenious that I had no clue about his wealth. I was actually quite surprised he was my age. What I like about Phil, as opposed to Norman Chad, he is not critical of the person, only their poker play. Norman Chad has a chip for anyone who is young and attractive. Phil keeps focused on the person's play.

Janet/Gigohead/gigohead on September 23, 2004

Just saw him last night on Travel Channel win his first major event in WSP. Was really glad to see him win as he seeks to be a really nice guy, irregardless of his wealth.

GSman on September 22, 2004

101 bay shooting stars of poker, man if phil screwedthat chip lead up he really have to be bad, his poker sucked but 1, he had the massive chip lead,2, everyone elses, i wasnt impressed i mean who there could possibly pose a threat to phil, c. moneymaker, yeah right that guy sucks, yet phil still found a way to screw up in the beginning but i guess he won i only saw the begining and fell asleep due to bordom

pocket7s on September 22, 2004

I would have liked to have seen Phil's plays before last night's Shooting Stars Final Table. Phil came into the final table with the chip lead but none of us really got to see how those chips came to him. Was it luck, or was it fine play? Anyway, it was very nice to see Phil win the final hand, although he was incredibly lucky that the ace turned up on the flop. Of course, it was even luckier when the turn and the river turned out not to help either Moneymaker or Musoud (sp?). But kudos to Phil, for getting an extra $5g's for knocking out Moneymaker (something about a kill shot? I have no idea what that was about).On a completely different issue, Phil, love that poem your aunt wrote about you! ;-D

Marina on September 22, 2004

i love phil...i think he is great for the game and i wish him continued success. isn't half of poker luck? well, when you sell before the internet bubble bursts, i consider you pretty lucky. ain't nothing wrong with that. on the final table tonight w/the chip lead...GO PHIL!

amy on September 21, 2004

Phil Gordon is hot

Kathryn on September 21, 2004

Pocket7s: as you are entitled to your opinion, I am entitled to mine. In my opinion, I believed you were making judgements against Phil, not just voicing your opinions. It was completely unfair of you to say Phil wouldn't make it to the final table if he entered so many events a year. As a matter of fact, Phil DID make it to the final table at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars Tournament earlier this year. For everyone out there, this tournament will be re-aired I believe on the Travel channel on 9/24/04 (next Wednesday). When's the last time YOU made it to a final table?

Marina on September 16, 2004

are right first off im 15 i dont exactly play on the wpt retard and yes all give phil his do he played well at 101 shooting stars, but thats 1 event now a real player like gus hansen makes like a billion final tables and is always consistent so to me thats a pro, phil on the other hand doesnt play at level so hey if you want me to gives congrats fine, nice work phil, now stop kissing up to the dude hes not that cool

pocket7s on September 16, 2004

man all i did was my opinion and that is what this site is for, if you dont like what post dont read, its that simple

pocket7s on September 15, 2004

Ivey never wrote a book and GOrdon i'm not sure but he hasn't either

Sammy the Brick on September 13, 2004

Sammy the Brick: did you read the post right before yours, from Stud7? He mentions that Phil Gordon did write a book, which is due out for national distribution on October 1. Phil's website mentions the book's title as well as all the major cities he's scheduled to visit on his book's promotional tour over the next few months (with none of those cities being here in VA). On a side note... portions of the book's proceeds are being donated to Phil's CRPF charity. You'd be supporting the fight against cancer by buying his book! :-)

Marina on September 13, 2004

Phil Gordon brings together the Tao and the Zen of Poker in a simple humble way. He shares his insights and smiles at the Bad Beats. What else can anyone ask for? That's Poker! Thanks Phil...

Bill / Rentcar1 on September 12, 2004

I just spent some time learning poker from Phil last week in Vegas and he is, without a doubt, the nicest public personality I have ever met... and I have met a few.He is the purest poker player I have ever seen.... and just because he doesn't win all the time doesn't mean he isn't making money. We discussed taxes once and he said you can only claim losses if they are higher than your winnings... but he hasn't had to claim losses in over 10 years!I really think it's only a matter of time and you will see Phil win the big one.And, even though there are many great ones out there who are deserving of THE TITLE, Phil is first in line.

Stud7. on September 12, 2004

Sorry, I forgot to mention Phil's book. I have an autographed copy... it comes out on October 1st and Philke is touring some of the major cities promoting it. Check out his web site for details. There are good books out there but the writing quality is lacking. This book is superbly written and extremely informative. It is easy to folllow and understand and I think it will replace "The Bible" (Brunson's Super System) as the definitive work on No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Stud7. on September 12, 2004

Hey, I don't suppose anyone out there has a copy of the dating game show "Blind Date" episode in which Phil was a guest? If you don't have a copy, does anyone know where I could get one?

Marina on September 9, 2004

Pocket7s: I believe Phil Gordon himself has admitted he isn't the best poker player in the world, and yes, I personally wouldn't have known of him except for Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, but, he HAS won WPT final table spots as well as the WPT's Bay 101 Shooting Stars Tournament championship back in March of this year. (THAT was a final prize of $360,000!!) Just look this up on Phil's official website, as well as other poker websites (cardplayer.com, tiltboys.com, fulltiltpoker.com). Phil would also admit that there's luck to be had in playing poker, as most pros would, but don't you or anybody downplay Phil's accomplishments until you know more of his story. If you don't care to know more of Phil Gordon's story, then move on.

Marina on September 4, 2004

phil gordon isnt as good at poker as you think i mean yeah he has some skill but you dont see him showing up at many final tables and you figure he enters every wpt event and you what of just thought of him as some random pro if he didnt have that show on bravo and who could't make a final table if enter a billion events a year i mean you have to know the game and have to have breif skill and your bound to get lucky

pocket7s on September 3, 2004

Poker may be one of the latest fads sweeping the nation, but, hey - whoever thought Britney Spears would still be in the news. "Games" have always been around for years to keep us entertained, and as we collectively increase our intelligence (ideally) as a nation, we are drawn to poker. It not only draws on luck, but also stamina, skill, knowledge and pure instinct. Phil didn't just walk his way into a lucky gig. He is truly a gifted person whose talents and intelligence offered him a chance to not only grow his own success, but offer charity to the causes he believes in. Phil will be the first to admit he's not one of the top poker pros, but that won't stop him from making you cry at the poker table. He doesn't offer charity there! "Celebrity Poker" may not showcase the best poker plays, but that isn't the point. It combines the infatuation we have with Hollywood in a setting that makes you feel like you are part of the table. Phil's fame may come and go, but the legacy of his philanthropy will live for a very long time.

Heather_L_Green on August 30, 2004

Poker is in my blood, my grandfather is a professional and I am aspiring to be the best. As I respect the game and the professionals I watch, I have to admit Phil Gordon's personality is the best. How can you not appreciate that great smile! As for all the jealous bums out there, keep your comments to yourselves and keep your eyes on your cards. "Bravo" to you Phil, for being one of the top guys to bring this great game back into the public eye! Maybe it will become "America's favorite past time" and replace baseball! Say hey to Dave F. for me, he is quite the entertainer, makes me laugh! Since Friends ended you have made my Thursday nights FUN AGAIN! Mike you got a great kid!

Tracy/LadyT/wisteriabay on August 22, 2004

Quite frankly, I hadn't heard about Phil Gordon until Celebrity Poker Showdown. I remember seeing Phil but didn't REALLY pay attention to him until a couple of weeks ago. Of course, prone to "celebrity crushes" as I am, I went on a mission: to find out anything I could about this man. I found pgordon.com, which has since moved to philgordonpoker.com, and found some wonderful essays and exciting pictures of some of Phil's travel adventures. The more I read his stories, and the more I saw this man's photographs, I began to feel as if I was actually IN Africa (my fave "philadventure)! I experienced the beauty and the culture of that continent through Phil's eyes and words, and I said Lord, I've gotta meet this man and tell him what a wonderful blessing he has been to my heart! It is because of Phil Gordon that I have found the courage to "step outside my prisonbox" and go back to the gym and go back to my weight-loss counselor. It's been a VERY short time, but I have found new courage and a new hope. I won't elaborate more, because I'll be embarassed, but I just wanted to praise God for blessing me with "inspiration." Mike Gordon, if you read these comments, do you think this would at least put a smile on Phil's face? Oh well, I guess I'll go a-gushin' with the rest of the country's female persuasion... :)

Marina(maelohna) on August 18, 2004

SUNDANCEGIRL (and whoever else): :-) go to www.philgordonpoker.com and check out Phil's official website. From there you can find out a whole lot of things in which Phil is involved, including the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (www.preventcancer.org). You can get a hold of Phil's book of tips by instructions on www.philgordonpoker.com/philanthropist.html. I also came across a site where it claims Phil will actually call you and give you 30 minutes of poker Q & A time if you donate $500 or more to the charity. Don't remember the exact page though. :-)

Marina(maelohna) on August 18, 2004

I was interested in getting Phil's book and someone on this board clued me in to the Cancer Prevention Research Foundation. Here is the website: http://www.preventcancer.org/donations/poker.cfmAnd the terms of Phil's donation/benefits are:Make a Sure Bet by Donating Toward the Fight Against CancerCRPF Board Member and Bravo Channelís Celebrity Poker Showdown Co-Host Phil Gordon is making a generous offer to CRPF donors only. For a donation to the Foundation, you can receive one of the following: $20 donation: A PDF format of Philís 20 Short Tips booklet which is not available in stores and available exclusively through the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. $50 donation: An autographed copy of Philís 20 Short Tips booklet. $100 donation: An autographed hardcover copy of Phil's new book on poker titled, Poker: The Real Deal. $500 donation: A private, 30-minute poker lesson by phone with Phil and a copy of both the 20 Short Tips booklet and Poker: The Real Deal. You can ask all the questions you want about poker, Celebrities and Las Vegas!Poker enthusiasts may also want to check out the following site: http://www.preventcancer.org/badbeatoncancer/ Another effort to raise funds to defeat cancer started by Phil and his friend Rafe Furst. And look at all the other poker pros who are helping out!I am already working on I only wish I had $500 to donate instead of $50 - but every little bit helps.Thanks to Phil and all the other Poker Pros!

ReindeerJumper on August 18, 2004

REINDEERJUMPER: Hey, you could always save $50 per pay to $500... What do you think? My only question is, if we donated $500, and Phil would actually call us, would he be willing to talk about something other than poker? (P.S.) If anyone feels like talking about Mr. Gordon's poker games or anything else, feel free to e-mail me anytime. :)

Marina on August 18, 2004

Phil Gordon is, without a doubt, one of the most REAL people I have ever met or had the pleasure to work with. I work at The Palms in Las Vegas and have been extremely fortunate to work with Phil on several occasions, the last one being the Stuff3 Celebrity Poker Tournament last weekend, and I will be working with him at The Celebrity Poker Showdown next weekend. He is a true gentlemen in every sense of the word. Notwithstanding he is one of the best poker players in the World, he is witty, intelligent, knowledgeable about many subjects and just downright gorgeous to look at. His new book "POKER THE REAL DEAL" is delightful to read as I am about half-way through right now. It will be available for sale October 1 in stores and at Amazon.Com. He autographed and gave away hundreds of copies of it last weekend and NEVER ONCE did he refuse to stop what he was doing and talk to anyone and answer their questions. Anyone who says anything negative about Phil Gordon has never spent one minute in his presence. I only wish I was 30 years younger. I consider him a friend.

Sandi/Area51Alien/lasvegas1pokerteacher on August 16, 2004

I really got hooked on Celebrity Poker Showdown and I really like Phil Gordon ever since. He just has some kind of magic not to mention really good looks. I just wish I could get a poker tutoring session from him. :)

sundancegirl on August 13, 2004

Wow - Thanks so much. I am on my way to that site now. And quite frankly, I'd rather donate to a good charity whenever possible. Thanks again. RD

reindeerjumper on August 7, 2004

I like Phil for some reason - I've never met him but he doesn't seem to be affected by the money he has made in his lifetime. I just wish he would finish with his book. I've been on the hold list for it from Amazon for several weeks and I want to read it before I go to Vegas again. Thanks Phil.

reindeerjumper on August 5, 2004

Twenty Short Tips for Better Texas Hold'em by Phil Gordon: http://www.preventcancer.org/donations/poker.cfm

iRock on August 5, 2004

I could beat him with one chip, he sucks so much

jj15 on August 2, 2004

This Guy Needs To Stcik To Celebrity Poker He Probably Couldn't Beat Them

Unregistered on August 1, 2004

I bet he cant beat the celebraties.

phillyscr on July 21, 2004

take a show with celebs and throw in a pro at every table and lets see who wins, id rather watch that then watch an all celeb show.

Unregistered on July 21, 2004

Just so you know dwarffish, some of the most dangerous players at a table are amatuers. There have been more than one pro that said they would rather play another pro at a tourny than an amatuer. thats is becuase their play is sooo sporatic. They also tend to stay in on hands that should of been laid down and end up catching it on the river with pure luck. That will only get you so far. you might be able to get some of the tells on an amateur, but they usually dont really know what they are holding on to. Granted the amateur has to have some skill to make it that far on the world series of poker. But honestly alot of that is luck. what sets phil apart are his ability to calculate the odds and read people. That is something that will consistantly get you to the final table.i wish that i knew more abou his play as well, but I know that i couldn't apply it. I am not that kind of mind which makes me mediocre at best at the game.

amybare on July 17, 2004

Nicolas Cage WISHES he looked like Phil! LOL...I REALLY enjoy watching him on Celebrity Poker and truthfully didn't know who he was until the last few months. I am happy to see more poker televised! It is fun to watch, both celbrity and professional style! I would like to see a biography program about Phil.

Donna on July 16, 2004

Met Phil and his bestfriend Rafe on vacation in Cancun, Mexico. If anyone has anything negative to say, it's because they don't know him or don't care to get to know him. Phil is a genuinely great guy whom I had the pleasure to play poker, backgammon and volleyball with. You would never know he is rich, that is just an excuse made by all the jealous men out there. Pokerdali & Kenko - don't you have anything better to do than spread negativity? Get a life and stop questioning what Phil does with his.

Alina/Lil' One/missabkar on July 16, 2004

Who wins if both have in Texas Holdem a pair of jack's and a pair of 10's and for the fifth card one has a King and the other a 3?And what happens if two players both have full houses?Thanks

bglissman on July 16, 2004

phil is rich that sets him apart. Phil made the world series of poker final table way before moneymaker a few times another thing. oh ya Pollack was a comic act once too. phil can call poker percents better than anyone,the only one close is chris Furgeson.

DFISH on July 14, 2004

I've siad it before and will now say it again,CELEBRITY POKER SUCKS.What's to be learned by watching people play this game who don't even know basic Hold-Em strategy?

herman007 on July 13, 2004

Great job taking out moneymaker in the world poker tour!

MarkDoh on July 13, 2004

I think you guys are missing the point of the previous "negative" and "jealous" posts. In all fairness, I have the same inquiry about Phils ability and playing style. I have only seen one tournament Phil was in, and albeit he got to the final table and the 1-on-1 showdown, he lost to an amateur. And this was to a guy who was playing his first tourny. How many tournies has Phil played before then? Like pokerdali, I can't figure what seperates this guy from the rest of us "above average" players. Above average players would get to the final table a few time, eventually - given enough tournies. Scotty N. and Layne have made careers out of poker, I mean Scotty was betting for shoes when he was a little kid. Being a nice guy, a college prodigy, or a millionaire would looks good and talks calmly doesn't make someone an excellent pokerplayer. And even being great at poker doesnt make you worthy or capable of teaching poker to others. Im not saying anything bad about Phil, I just honestly dont understand his game and question some of his commentary and suggestions. More than anything I would like to know more about his play.By the way, dave foley is hilarious. You shouldnt take anything he says too seriously - he's a comedian. The only thing that would make Celebrity poker better is if they got him to dress up like the French-speaking hooker from The Kids in the Hall, while hosting the show... that would be fabulous

dwarfish (pokerroom.com nickname) on July 12, 2004

All you ladies watch for phil in a ladies mag strutting his stuff real soon. He never fails to make money.

honey on July 10, 2004

i agree bring back pollack i dont watch the show now because of dan.

tack on July 10, 2004

Hey kenko, are you jealous of Phil's success? Jealous that you don't have that kind of money to play with. I haven't met Phil, but, I can't imagin people putting others down. You know you shouldn't judge people, it will come back and bite you in the butt 2x's as bad! I wouldn't mind meeting Phil. I'm sure he is an awesome person! Love you on Bravo Phil!

Brenda/bren/brendhwk10 on July 8, 2004

I also think that Phil resembles Nicolas Cage. I LOVE watching him on Celebrity Poker Showdown. I don't know how he can so pleasantly tolerate Dan Foley...bring back Pollack!!! Phil, I enjoyed seeing you on WPT. Are there any other appearances coming up? Does anyone knonw how to get in touch with him?

Nicole/One-eye/55dixie on July 8, 2004

Hello, I am a fan. I am looking for your book, Poker: The Real Deal - when will it be coming out? I tried Amazon.com first, but doesn't say when. As for Joe Homet - I ALMOST feel sorry for that guy. I wonder if the envy gets in his way of normal everyday activity. Hey Joe, remember - FIRST PANTS, THEN SHOES!!! Phil, if you could help me, I would certainly appreciate it.

chrisclark80 on July 7, 2004

if you were already a multi millionaire surely you would have better things to do with your time than try and lose it?

kenko on July 6, 2004

i'm looking for the book of tips. does anyone know where to find it? thanks

juice on July 2, 2004

I think I dated Phil when he lived in San Francisco. Had no idea what happened to him!

Susie on June 29, 2004

Every time I play Texas Hold'em on my Palm Pilot I hear Phil commentating my moves in the background like I'm on Celebrity Poker. hehhehehe.. Best of luck to you Phil!

Calvyn (Calvyn89) on June 24, 2004

Cage's real name is Coppolla. Francis' nephew.

Dr Neau on June 23, 2004

I wrote this guy an e-mail and he replied helping me a great deal with poker. He knows his stuff. Anyone will talk bad about the people that are better than them....

DLee on June 21, 2004

I am a big fan of Phil Gordon's. I would love to send him a letter. Does he have an address I could write to him at, either home or email?

Laura/no nickname/twincomics on June 20, 2004

On celebrity poker phil always gives the stars a book of tips before they play. Does anyone know if it's printed or available anywhere?

Krolek on June 20, 2004

In voice, manner, even smile he reminds me of the movie actor Nicholas Cage. Is he his brother or cousin. I know the last name is different but actors sometimes change their last name.

gregorton on June 20, 2004

He is a great player, I love to watch him on the WPT & a sexy voice too. What more could a girl want when watching poker?

missey336 on June 18, 2004

I'm real curious about the "study guide" phil gives the players on celeb poker. anybody know if it can be acquired?

Rocketts on June 16, 2004

Saw him win WPT San Jose event and was impressed with how he plays, I was especially impressed in how he complimented his fellow competitors -- had only heard his astute comments on Celebrity Poker. Even more impressive how well he parries/puts up with Dave Foley... Look forward to meeting him in the future if I am lucky/skillful enough to get into a tourney.

scottsek on June 11, 2004

Nate71 and Wendy....Thanks for the nice comments about Phil. Some folk just seem over jealous of someone's success. Go Phil; we are pulling for you.Enjoy your buzz words on Bravo poker show too.

dewmanart on May 19, 2004

Wonderful person! I had lunch with he and Hon Le last year. Two magnificant poker icons!!

Nate71 on May 18, 2004

VERY nice man..husband & I were there on May 10th at Binions when he pushed all in and lost. He is my fav player- when he walked by, my husband asked if we could get his autograph and pic, he gladly agreed, and talked to us for a few minutes. He truly made my day! Wonderful person!

Wendy Moore on May 12, 2004

Poke...don't scream. Phil, nice backflip into the pool.

Nate71 on April 26, 2004

Pokerdali seems a bit jealous of Phil's success. As his Dad, I can say that he deserves only the best of life. He's earned every bit of it through hard work and a winning attitude. You will hear more from Phil as he continues his success.

Mike Gordon/Mike/mikegordon on April 14, 2004

Thanks, mr. mike for your comments about Phil. A salute and a big respectful smile to you for taking up for Phil. I enjoy his game whenever I get the chance to watch him play. I totally agree with you. Go big Phil, we will hear from you as your success continues! Best of luck!!You arethe best, and deserve it!

dewmanart on April 14, 2004

Met This Big Guy...abosolutely Astoundingly Intelligent, And A Great Personality. For His Wealth, He Is A Pleasure To Be Around And Certainly Doesn't Display It Verbally, Nor Nonverbally. Just A Great Down To Earth, Texan, That He Is. Thanks, Phil; A Tremendous Player, Naturally! Just Can't Say Enough About His Humbleness.

Poke on April 6, 2004

Joe, can't help buy "envy" this guy. I'm happy for him. Seem sweet to me, and I do mean this in a sincere manner. Maybe you know more or have reason, but at this time I just have to support him and his persona. Would like to see his game play.

king on March 21, 2004

This guy is not sweet at all. For some reason everyone thinks he is. And who cares if he made money in an internet business.

Joe homet on March 18, 2004

To find a rare book go too Google and but the words ABE BOOKS into the search engine , there are over 42,000,000 books there , Good odds

Myth on March 18, 2004

I just can't shake the sense that if this guy didn't have the $$$ to play in every tournament, and not care what happens monetarily, he'd be just another guy. I've seen nothing from him that shows he deserves the accolades he gets. I feel a bit the same about Ron ROse, but I've seen him make a few nice plays. But again, reraising allin with nada is easy if that $15k you get for losing as opposed to 250K for winning is not affecting your lifestyle one iota.

pokerdali on March 13, 2004

I am looking to buy Phil Gordon's book on Texas Hold em for my 76 yr old mother who is just getting into poker. She insists that this is the book she wants. Help

strawberrymc2001 on February 25, 2004

I am looking to buy either Phil Gordon or Phil Ivey books on playing poker. I have gone to Barnes & Noble and Borders book stores - They do not carry them, please help. Thank you.

erivas on January 17, 2004

Being from Texas, and Louisiana....a teacher, 39 years...going 40.....enjoy you on celebrity poker....would love seeing you play on the dhow...do you????

Art Dew on January 17, 2004

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