This week on the Final Table radio show, while I was in St. Louis, Dennis Phillips checked in from the Canadian Poker Open in Calgary. The Main Event, which he’s playing today, is a $5,000 buy-in heads-up tournament, so we discussed strategy for facing an opponent one-on-one — from raising regularly on the button to how to respond to an aggressive player and use that strategy against them.

Our guest today was Phil Gordon, the onetime host of “Celebrity Poker Showdown” who won this summer’s Ante Up For Africa tournament and convinced lots of WSOP players to donate 1% of their winnings to his Put A Bad Beat On Cancer organization. We talked with him about all of that, plus the amazing 40th birthday party he just celebrated with 30 friends on his ranch in Washington, and why he did so poorly in his annual rock-paper-scissors championship during the WSOP this summer.

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Phil Gordon’s podcast is The Poker Edge.

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