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Phil Gordon at Annual Picnic

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Donn and Phil Gordon (photo: Shirley)

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Today at our annual picnic, they held a freeroll poker tournament for prizes. The surprise: Phil Gordon flew-in from the WSOP to provide live commentary for our tournament. Damn he works hard. He was up until 5am the night before (calling the WSOP final table for ESPN), arrived by Noon for our tournament, and called hands from start to end.

Light-heartedly and out-of-the-blue, I asked him "How much they pay you to do this gig?".  ‘course like a true pro, he wouldn’t say. In a jovial voice, he quipped, "Come on, I enjoy doing this for free".

A Georgia Tech grad, Gordon started a company called Netsys that was bought by Cisco for a cool $96 million. When I worked at Cisco, I went to the Netsys office in Palo Alto a few times. Not sure if I ran into him then; wouldn’t remember that. His big event win was the WPT Season 2 Shooting Star at Bay 101 ($360,000). At the 2005 WSOP he placed 3rd and 8th in two events for $75K and $66K.  At the 2006 WSOP, he earned $20K over two events… and worked the camera for ESPN.

He’s a class act and funny as hell. I placed 3rd at my table after my K7 was busted by Q3. It was a two-tier tourney format (winner of each table move on to the final). We had these amateur dealers who weren’t great at adding chips and splitting off sidepots.  Phil had to help them to keep the tourney moving quickly.  "Trust me, I’m a professional" he said when the dealer seemed to double-check his math. Ha! Did she have any idea who he is?

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Phil Gordon’s autograph

I got a free copy of his DVD after the tournament. Watched it once; will watch it again. Thumbs up.

More info on Phil Gordon’s DVD (Amazon.com)

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I got a copy of Phil’s DVD. Pretty good!

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Phil Hellmuth’s house

 Dr. River sent me Phil Hellmuth’s address.  I was just driving by the other day. Next time I should be polite and at least stop briefly to say hello.

PHILLIP J HELLMUTH
Born 1964
1101 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Phil Hellmuth house (Click to toggle enlarge/shrink)

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic: Results


CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic – Results

 

***Season 3***

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic XXII
June 23 , 2007
Santa Clara

Tournament I – 13 players
1st place: Sharon $12
2nd place: Bill $6
3rd place: Adam $4
4th place: Justin $2
5th place: Mike $2

 Tournament II – 17 players
1st place: Elise $14
2nd place: Chris $8
3rdplace: Terry $4
4th place: Joyce $4
5th place: Mike $2
6th place: Jeff $2

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic XXI
  April 7, 2007
Los Altos

Tournament I – 12 players
1st place: Paul $12
2nd place: Elise $6
3rd place: Adam $4
4th place: Wes $2

 Tournament II – 11 players
1st place: Jeff $10
2nd place: Chris $6
3rdplace: Cathy $4
4th place: Sharon $2

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*** Season 2 ***

CHAPTER 11 World Series
January 27, 2007
Redwood Shores

Click here for WSOP results

CHAPTER 11 Hall of Fame

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic XX
January 27, 2007
Redwood Shores

11 players
1st place: Inn $10
2nd place: Paul $6
3rd place: Donn $4
4th place: Wes $2

 

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic XIX
September 16, 2006
San Jose

Tournament I – 7 players, 5 rebuys
1st place: Terry L $12
2nd place: Elise $6
3rd place: Cathy $4
4th place: Donn $2

 

Tournament II – 11 players, 1 rebuy
1st place: Jeff $12
2nd place: Paul $6
3rdplace: Chris $4
4th place: Cathy L $2

 

Tournament III – 7 players
1st place: Paul $8
2nd place: Cathy $4
3rd place: Jeff $2

 

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic XVIII
July 8, 2006
Los Altos

Tournament I – 14 players
1st place: Elise $12
2nd place: Terry L $6
3rd place: Sophia $4
4th place: Inn $4
5th place: Jeff T $2

 

Tournament II – 13 players
1st place: Jeff T $12
2nd place: Cathy $6
3rdplace: Inn $4
4th place: Sharon $2
5th place: Faye $2

 

Tournament III – 8 players
1st place: Donn $10
2nd place: Terry $4
3rd place: Wes $2

 

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic XVII
May 6, 2006
San Jose

Tournament I – 8 players
1st place: Inn $10
2nd place: Jeff $4
3rd place: Eugene $2

 

Tournament II – 10 players
1st place: Donn $10
2nd place: Eugene $6
3rdplace: Bill $2
4th place: Cathy $2

 

Tournament III – 6 players
1st place: Chris $8
2nd place: Cathy $4

 

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic XVI
February 11, 2006
Sunnyvale

Tournament I – 11 players
1st place: Jeff $10
2nd place: Donn $6
3rd place: Chris $4
4th place: Bill $2

 

Tournament II – 12 players
1st place: Jeff $12
2nd place: Bill $6
3rdplace: Paul $4
4th place: Sharon $2

 

Tournament III – 6 players
1st place: Chris $8
2nd place: Paul $4

 

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic XV
November 5, 2005
Los Altos

Tournament I – 12 players
1st place: Wes $12
2nd place: Faye $6
3rd place: Sharon $4
4th place: Paul $2

 

Tournament II – 14 players
1st place: Janice $12
2nd place: Cathy L $6
3rd place: Paul $4
4th place: Sharon $4
5th place: Ben $2

 

CHAPTER 11 Poker Classic XIV
October 8, 2005
Sunnyvale III
13 players

1st place: Cathy L $12
2nd place: Chris $6
3rd place: Faye $4
4th place: Tom $2
5th place: Terry L $2

 

All tournaments = $2 buy-in unless noted.

 

 

2007 Season Earnings

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Elise $20
Chris $14
Sharon $14
Jeff $12
Paul $12
Adam $8
Bill $6
Terry $4
Cathy $4
Mike $4
Joyce  $4 
Wes $2
Justin $2


Players with the same dollar amount are listed in alpha order

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2005-06 Season Results

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Jeff $59
Terry $54
Paul $49
Cathy L $40
Inn $38
Donn $32
Chris $30
Elise $18
Wes $16
Faye $12
Janice $12
Sharon $12
Bill $10
Eugene $8
Ben $2
Tom $2
   


Players with the same dollar amount are listed in alpha order

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