Cancer – July 16, 1964
Phil Gordon (Tiltboy) is one of the more familiar names in poker not only for his professional career as a player but also as a well respected author and commentator – Phil was one of the lucky players.
After graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science he joined a technology company which was later acquired by Cisco Systems and through this provided Gordon with the financial abilities to retire from his chosen profession and move right into poker.
Gordon is well respected by his peers and has had an incredible career thus far. His first major event was in 2001 when he entered the WSOP main event and finished in 4th place. The following year he placed 6th in the $2,000 PLH event as well as 2nd in the $2,500 Omaha 8 event. His accomplishments in WSOP events continued in 2005 where he placed 3rd in the $1,500 NL Texas Holdem Shootout event. One of Gordon’s more memorable moments was in 2004 during the annual Bay 101 Shooting Stars Tournament where he knocked out two players simultaneously to take 1st place.
Gordon is a renowned author, writing three books of his own as well as co-authoring for other players. His own books include The Real Deal, and the popular Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book and Phil Gordon’s Little Blue Book.
Along with commentating for the ESPN’s Pay-Per View WSOP events, Gordon is dedicated to the work he does for cancer research. He is a board member for the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation and has raised funds through poker tournaments and donating proceeds of his book sales.
Currently, Gordon is one of the elite players who is sponsored by Full Tilt Poker, and can be found playing in the high limit cash games. Screen names for Gordon include; Tallphil (Ultimate Bet), Phil Gordon (Full Tilt Poker).
Live tournament winnings as of to date exceed $2,000,000 US which includes over $650,000 from WSOP alone.
Phil Gordon Live Tournament Standings in 2008