Phil Laak gets a WSOPE bracelet

Posted by pokermoney | poker | Saturday 2 October 2010 8:25 pm

Phil Laak started off the 2010 WSOPE with a bang as the winner of Event #1 6-Max NL Hold’em, a £2,650 buy-in.

Phil Laak also known as the “Unabomber” has been a big poker name since his 2004 World Poker Tour’s Celebrity Invitational’s win. Phil’s first major break out year was 2005 when he earned over 700,000 dollars in poker tournament earnings. To date he has amassed over 2.3 million dollars in tournament earnings throughout his career.

Born in Ireland and raised in the United States, Phil Laak has always been involved in cards and games growing up. He started off as a successful backgammon player while living on the east coast of the United States and transitioned into a successful poker player after moving to the west coast.

Phil currently resides in Los Angeles, however Laak plays at some of the highest stakes cash games in Las Vegas and all over the west coast. Phil Laak got his nickname the “Unabomber” because of the way he frequently dresses up at the poker table. Phil’s infamous hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses make him look like the “Unabomber” at the tables.

Even though Phil Laak’s poker record is filled with some impressive wins, he has been lacking in a big win for quite some time aside from last year’s win at the Party Poker WPO. Phil Laak welcomes this much wanted WSOPE win as it has helped him have his best year since 2005. The £170,802 for the 1st place win at the WSOPE has put Phil Laak at having over 630,000 dollars in poker tournament earnings this year.

Phil Laak started the final table of Event #1 as one of the big stacks however after three busts out Laak was struggling to gain any momentum. Andrew Pantling amassed a giant chip stack when it got down to three players however Phil Laak wasn’t out of the count quite yet.

Phil doubled up through Pantling and busted out multiple WSOP bracelet winner Chris Bjorin to enter heads up play out chipped but still in good shape. Phil Laak chipped away at Pantling’s stack until he had a substantial lead over Pantling. He sealed the deal as the first place winner after outdrawing Pantling in an all-in with K5.

Phil Laak can celebrate with long-time partner Jennifer Tilly after a stellar performance at the World Series of Poker Europe.

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