Wayne Allyn Root, the Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee (LNCC) announced today the addition of Phil Gordon, one of the great poker professionals in the world, to the Board of the LNCC. Gordon is a World Poker Tour champion, has seven final table finishes at the World Series of Poker, and close to $3,000,000 in lifetime tournament winnings. Gordon is a poker analyst for ESPN.com, the former lead commentator for Bravo’s hit show “Celebrity Poker Showdown”, and the author of 3 poker books with more than 500,000 copies in print in 12 languages.
Apart from his success at the tables, Gordon is also a well-known CEO, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. A Presidential Scholar at age 15, by his twenties Gordon had cashed out of a high-tech startup that sold to Cisco Systems for $95 million dollars. He retired from computer science at age 26 to take a 5-year, 50+ country journey around the world.
Today, Gordon is perhaps best known for his charity work. His “Bad Beat on Cancer” initiative has raised more than $3.3 million dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation and is now the official charity platform for the famous World Series of Poker, the world’s richest sporting event (over $150 million dollars in prizes in 2010).
Root said of Gordon’s addition to the LNCC Board, “I am so proud to add one of the world’s greatest poker professionals, as well as a business superstar to our Board. I met Phil on the set of “The Dennis Miller Show” on CNBC, and we’ve been good friends ever since. I expect Phil to bring to the Libertarian Party his lifetime of business savvy, as well as the poker strategy responsible for millions of dollars in tournament winnings. Combining Phil Gordon’s talents with Joe Sugarman, one of the great marketing geniuses in business history, will give the LNCC one of the greatest teams in politics.”
Gordon said, “I will work tirelessly to leave a bright future for our country and for my two young sons, Xander and Zachary. Americans need and deserve more economic and personal freedom. Americans deserve a Congress that realizes that government isn’t a solution, but is in fact the problem. The Libertarian Party is a viable alternative to the two-party travesty that created this mess. I look forward to helping Wayne Allyn Root and the Libertarian Party spread the word and help reclaim America for the People.”