Phil had his first job at Lockheed Missiles and Space, where he worked for two years.
Phil's favorite place in the world is Nungwi, Tanzania.
Phil co-hosts the radio show The Poker Edge for ESPN.com.
Phil lives according to the philosophy of No Limits, which is built on the fundamentals of aggression, patience, courage, resiliency, observation, and an intense desire to improve.
Phil once entered a ladies-only poker tournament in San Jose. He dressed as a woman to protest against single sex events.
When not playing poker, Phil loves to travel and play sports.
Phil appeared on the reality dating show Blind Date, where he eventually turned down his date's offer to go into her hot tub.
He is part of a group of northern California poker players called the Tiltboys.
Although more popularly known for his exploits in Texas No-Limit Hold'Em, Phil's favorite poker game is Pot Limit Omaha-Hi.
Phil's favorite movie is Shakespeare in Love, which also stars her favorite actress, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Phil has written the books Poker: The Real Deal, The Little Green Book of No-Limit Hold'Em, The Little Blue Book More Lessons and Hand Analysis in No Limit Hold'Em, as well as an instructional DVD called Expert Insight: Final Table Poker.
Phil stands six feet and nine inches tall.
Phil's aunt, who taught him poker, died of liver cancer. He is now a board member of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation.
Phil is one of only five people to have reached the final table in the World Series of Poker, and won a World Poker Tour event.
Phil graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science at age 20.
Phil went to college at age 15 as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Finished fourth at the 2001 World Series of Poker final table.
Phil: 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: Without hesitation, not only would we step quickly to the plate to participate, but for any request to make changes, we will make those changes.
Phil: I love teaching the game. I truly believe that almost anyone can be a champion poker player given enough time, motivation, energy, patience and courage.
Phil: As a college student, you should be spending more time on your studies and less time on the poker table. It is far, far more important for you to get your degree and actually learn something useful. As for extra curricular activities, try eating lots of high-fat products – your ass will obviously need a lot of padding to sit that long without pain.
Phil: I don't talk much at the table, really. Let your play do the talking.
Phil: If a hand is good enough to play with, it's good enough to raise with. I always raise or fold.