October 4th, 2010

Phil Laak wins WSOPE bracelet

Posted by pokerlover in poker

Phil Laak also known as the “Unabomber” is a professional poker player who was born in Dublin, Ireland on September 8, 1972. Phil Laak was raised in New York where he learned how to be a good backgammon player before moving out to the west coast to master poker.

Phil first broke out into the poker scene with a victory at the World Poker Tour’s Celebrity Invitational’s on February 2004. Most recently Phil Laak added a big win to his already amazing poker resume. Phil Laak won a World Series of Poker bracelet in the 2010 WSPOPE Six Max NL Hold’em event with a £2,650 buy-in. Laak raked in £170,802 for the first place win.

Phil Laak has more than 2.5 million dollars in poker tournament winnings. Phil Laak gained his nickname the “Unabomber” because most of the time he wears a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses at the poker table. Phil Laak puts up the hood and ties it down to hide his entire face when in critical moments in order to hide any tells opponents might pick up off of his face. Phil Laak has been known to play at the highest stakes cash games in Las Vegas and to have some of the longest cash game sessions out of any professional cash game player.

Prior to the 2010 WSOPE and a win in the PartyPoker World Poker Open the year before, it has been quite a while since Phil Laak has had a good tournament run. This WSOPE bracelet comes as a great relief to the professional poker player. 2010 has proved to be one of Phil Laak’s best years with over $630k in tournament earnings. Phil Laak hadn’t seen a year so good since 2005 when he brought in over $700k in tournament earnings.

Here is a quick break down of how the action unfolded at the 2010 WSOPE event.

Phil Laak started the final table as a big stack along with Andrew Pantling and 2-time WSOP winner Chris Bjorin. The six handed action came down to those three players however Phil Laak hadn’t picked up too many chips and Andrew Pantling had amassed a giant stack to lead in chip count by far.

Phil Laak doubled up through Pantling and kept on chipping away at him in an attempt to take the lead. Phil Laak knocked out Bjorin with a pair of cowboys and closed that chip gap by that much more going into heads up play with Pantling. Phil Laak chipped away at Pantling until he had a three to one lead on Pantling. Phil Laak dealt the winning blow to Pantling when his K5 outdrew Pantling’s A10 in the final hand. Congratulations Phil Laak on winning the 2010 WSOPE event.


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