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Phil Gordon
Phil Laak, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth. Sometimes it seems that the professional poker circuit is made up largely of guys named Phil.

Most of you should recognize another one, namely Phil Gordon who is the expert commentator who presents Bravo's hit show Celebrity Poker Showdown alongside David Foley.

Phil of course didn't land that position for no reason as he is a more than seasoned poker pro himself with his biggest achievement to date being 4th place at the 2001 World Series of Poker main event for which he got $400,000.

He also won the won the World Poker Tour's "Bay 101 Shooting Stars" tournament in March 2004 taking home $360,000.

In addition to poker Phil is a hard core adventure traveller, having visited 6 continents and over 50 countries on his various trips. To quote himself he has "dived with the Great White Sharks, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, tracked gorillas in Uganda, snow boarded down the highest sand dunes in the world, and rafted the Zambezi River."

Most recently his book "Poker: The Real Deal" was released nationwide with "Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Hold 'em" being scheduled for release later this year.

As far as online poker is concerned he is involved with Full Tilt Poker.
Phil Gordon: Even Jesus wouldn't bet all of his chips on a Jack-three!

David Foley: Or, well, if he did, by the time the cards hit the table they'd be different.

Phil Gordon: In a Chicago bar, a guy went off for $2,200 against me. I had to loan him $20 for cab fare. That was fantastic. He went paper every time.

Phil Gordon: I really enjoy teaching the game, first and foremost. I do a lot of speaking appearances around the country and because of Celebrity Poker Showdown people around the world have written me asking for help with their game. After I got a great response to my first book, I decided to give it a shot.

Phil Gordon: Different situations require different strategies. Every play and situation requires a lot of thought in order to make the right move. I don't think you can do that by saying that if you get Ace and a Jack in middle position that you should always play it all the time.

Phil Gordon: For the most part, I think players should take life with a grain of salt and focus a little more on the opportunities at hand. I take bad beats pretty easily because I've seen far worse beats in Third-World countries.

Phil Gordon: A tight player raised from middle position. I had to call about one-twelfth of my stack with pocket deuces.

Phil Gordon: I really enjoy the teaching part of the game. Perhaps even more than I do playing.

Phil Gordon: People need to read (the information) in a form that's understandable. I wanted to write exactly how I played, because when you play, you just play on your instincts. Over the course of writing it, I became a much better player. I realized what I was doing wrong, and came to an understanding that some things I believed in weren't entirely true.

Phil Gordon: It doesn't take a rocket scientist to be good at poker. Anybody with a fourth-grade education can figure out the logic behind the odds and outs.