Dennis Phillips (poker player)

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Dennis Phillips
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Phillips playing at the 2008 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Fordman
Residence St. Louis, Missouri
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Final table(s) 2
Money finish(es) 5
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
3rd, 2008

Dennis N. Phillips (born December, 1954) is a professional poker player from St Louis, Missouri.[1] Phillips qualified for the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event through a $200 satellite tournament at Harrah's St. Louis, his local Harrah's casino.[2] He entered the final table as chip leader with 26,295,000 in chips, and finished in third place, earning $4,517,773.[3]

In his final hand, chip leader Peter Eastgate, with more than 62 million in chips, raised Phillips in the big blind 1.5 million in chips, Phillips called and the flop brought J 3 4. Eastgate, first to act, bet 1.5 million in chips, Phillips then raised the rest of his 14.4 million, all-in, and was called instantly by Eastgate, holding 3 3 for a set of 3s to Phillips 9 10. Phillips did not get the running straight cards necessary to win the hand, eliminating him in third place.[4]

In the 2009 World Series of Poker Phillips followed his third place finish by finishing 45th, earning $178,857. Phillips also took third place in the 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Championship in Las Vegas for $125,000.[5]

Dennis has also had two top 10 finishes in the WSOP Senior Event. In 2012, he finished second, earning $372,895. In 2014, he finished fifth, earning $153,883. These finishes make Phillips one of the few, if not the only, poker player to have three top 10 finishes and a fourth deep finish in tournaments with more than 4,000 entrants.

As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,000,000.[5]