Paul Phillips (born August 9 in San Francisco, California) is an American professional poker player. Phillips wrote the Boa web server while in college, but no longer maintains it. In 1994, one of his colleagues at college discovered he had an interest in blackjack and subsequently introduced him to poker.
In 1996 he became Chief Technical Officer for Go2Net. The money he earned from his compensation is what he uses to play poker, as well as earning him the nickname Dot-com. Phillips is known as a controversial figure in the poker world. As of 2005, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,200,000.
- World Series of Poker
- Bracelet(s) None
- Money finishes 8
- World Poker Tour
- Titles 1
- Final tables 2
- Money Finishes 4
He was banned from competing in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in the early 2000s due to comments he made about the way in which the Horseshoe split entry money between players and casino employees. Despite being reinstated as a competitor in late 2001, he only played one event in 2002 (placing 2nd to John Juanda in the $1,500 triple draw lowball Ace to Five event).
Paul Phillips played no WSOP events in 2003, but took first and second place in two World Poker Tour (WPT) events. In the event that he finished 2nd, he made a deal with his opponent (Mel “Silver Fox” Judah) which was subsequently covered by Sports Illustrated in an unfavorable light. Due to this, the WPT made the decision to ban players from making deals in their tournaments. Despite choosing not to play in the WSOP, Phillips finished 2nd in the 2003 Tournament Poker Money List.
In 2004 he made three final tables (one in Omaha hi-lo split and two in no limit hold'em.) He spoke out against the inclusion of Phil Hellmuth Jr, Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson and Johnny “Oriental Express” Chan in the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, and subsequently became the subject of message board flame wars.