Phil Laak
American poker player
Phil Laak
Philip "Phil" C. Laak is an Irish-born American professional poker player and a poker commentator, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Laak holds a World Poker Tour (WPT) title, a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and has appeared on numerous nationally aired television shows.
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A marathon poker world record attempt, despite health problems, in Central City - Westword (blog)
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Emmons' marathon, which started yesterday at 3 pm, seeks to defeat the record for the same category, set last year by Phil Laak at the Bellagio in Las Vegas at 115 hours; Emmons' goal of 120 amounts to exactly five days. "Guinness gives us five-minute
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World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Day 1a: Matt Berkey Leads - PokerNews.com
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Some other pros who fell throughout the day were Dan Shak, Faraz Jaka, Allen Kessler, Ali Eslami, Alan Sternberg, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Andrew Lichtenberger, Kathy Liebert, Jonathan Little, and Sam Stein. Likewise, Phil Hellmuth was unable to
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Aix-en-Provence: The penultimate step of the PPT before the stage of Cannes - Poker 777
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So, the French public can also prepare to watch Patrick Antonius, Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak and Tom Dwan in action during the tournament. Those who haven't yet had the chance to win a place for the tournament can still
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Hasan Habib: In a good position for the Epic Poker League title - Poker 777
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During the second day, we saw the defeat of many players as Dwyte Pilgrim, Shannon Shorr, Chad Brown, Antonio Esfandiari, Sorel Mizzi, Vanessa Selbst, Phil Laak, John Racener, Daniel Alaei ... Among the 63 players who began the second day of the
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EPL: Trickett on Top with 18 Left in Premiere Epic Event - Bluff Magazine
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Some of the players who headed for the door over the course of Day 2 action included Antonio Esfandiari, Brandon Cantu, McLean Karr, Sam Stein, Phil Laak, Shannon Shorr, and start of day big stacks Ben Lamb and Brian Rast. Tomorrow the final three
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Afrojack & Steve Aoki ft Miss Palmer - No Beef (Official Music Video) [HD] - YouTube
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Download on Beatport: http://bit.ly/NOBEEF Follow us on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/SpinninRecords Cameos by Lil Jon, Flo Rida, Chuck Liddell, Holly Madison, Antonio Esfendiari, Phil Laak the Unabomber, The Grinder Mizrachi, Dan Fleyshman, Jesse Waits,
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Strip Scribbles: Celebs set for Vince Neil tribute at Vegas Rocks! Awards - Las Vegas Sun
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Poker pro and celebrity participants included Chad Brown, Vanessa Rousso, Vanessa Selbst, Mike Matusow, Jason Mercier, Huck Seed, Mike Sexton, Carlos Mortensen, Nick Binger, Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly. The remaining players -- including Andy Bloch
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Brian Rast Playing With Purpose - ESPN
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Joe Giron/PokerNews Brian Rast's life changed dramatically after a trip to Brazil with Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari. Rast, 29, didn't take the conventional route to his success. He started with the live grind before immersing himself online as
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The Big Game S2 ep20 - 2/4 ( Season 2 - Episode 20 - PokerStars - s02 e20 ) - YouTube
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The Big Game S2 ep18 - 3/4 ( Season 2 - Episode 18 - PokerStars ) - YouTube
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Featured tables stay empty on Day 2B - Casino City Times
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Patrik Antonius, Phil Galfond, Barry Greenstein, Joe Hachem, Phil Laak, Erick Lindgren, Mike Matusow and Vanessa Rousso were among the many players competing on Day 2B who had plenty of experience in front of the ESPN cameras
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WSOP: Record-Sized Field Dominates Day 1D StorylineS - Bluff Magazine
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So was Tom Marchese, John Juanda, Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari. It didn't matter who the big names in the field were though. Day 1D of the 2011 World Series of Poker was more about quantity than quality. A staggering 2809 players took to the felt
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WSOP Day 38 Recap: Main Event Starts, Bach Goes After Bracelet - PartTimePoker News
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David Bach goes after a bracelet heads up, Phil Laak comes up just short in fourth place, and the main event begins. Get a recap of all the events of Day 38 and a look ahead to Day 39 of the World Series of Poker. For more on the WSOP, including where ... - -
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Betfair Poker Qualifiers In Vegas! - betting.betfair.com (blog)
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It was an amazing night and we were joined by two playgirls of the year Holly Madison and Sarah Underwood as well as Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak. The party lasted late into the night and I think it would be fair to say it was one of the best
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WSOP $50000 Poker Player's Championship Underway - Poker News Daily
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He was later joined on the rail by Phil Laak, Andrew Pantling, Jani Sointula, and Eli Elezra. The current leader in the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year race, Ben “benba” Lamb, has a healthy stack of 198100 going into Day 2. Phil Hellmuth, who sits second
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Phil Laak
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 41
    As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,100,000.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 39
    On April 12, 2012, Laak plays live at The Big Game and mucks a €63,750 winning hand on TV setting a record as the biggest televised poker blunder in history.
    More Details Hide Details Amazingly, Laak successfully ends the same poker session as the biggest winner at the table. Laak became known widely in the poker scene as the "Unabomber" because of the hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses he wears at the table, making him resemble the forensic sketch of Theodore Kaczynski who was known as the Unabomber. These items were given to him by fellow poker player Gus Hansen. Laak is also known for his unusual and inventive manner of speech. He coined the poker terms "felted" to mean having lost all of one's chips (i.e. nothing left in front of the player except the table felt) as well as upstuck, meaning being down from your high point of the session (i.e. if you won $15 000 and then lost $10 000). He also coined the terms POW (Pay off wizard) which he uses in a self-mocking fashion (i.e. one who pays off big bets on the river) and "Cherry bomb" which refers to large, ultimately unsuccessful bets.
  • 2010
    Age 37
    On September 16, 2010, Laak won his first WSOP bracelet by winning the ₤2,500 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em championship at the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe.
    More Details Hide Details His win came after an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle in August, where he suffered a broken elbow amongst other injuries. An "E" following a year denotes bracelet(s) won at the World Series of Poker Europe
    On June 2–7, 2010, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Laak set the world record in longest time spent playing poker in a single session.
    More Details Hide Details He halted at 115 hours. The previous official record, 72 hours and 2 minutes, was held by Larry Olmsted, set at the Foxwood casino in 2004. Guinness allows one 5-minute break every hour, in which Laak could do whatever he wanted, and Laak could "bank" those 5-minute breaks into longer breaks if he played through. Laak banked several breaks to take a 30-minute nap (allowed), but he vows that he did not use caffeine or any stimulants. Playing $10/$20 No Limit Hold'em (with uncapped buyins), Laak finished up $6,766 and donated half of his winnings to charity. He did this for Camp Sunshine, a charity that helps sick children enjoy summer camp. His feat was witnessed live on streaming video by over 130,000 people.
    In early January 2010, Laak launched his own online poker site, Unabomber Poker.
    More Details Hide Details The site, which features cartoon style graphics, is a member of the Cake Poker Network.
  • 2009
    Age 36
    In October 2009, Laak was crowned PartyPoker.com World Open V champion winning $250,000 in the process.
    More Details Hide Details He overcame a final table that included Luke 'FullFlush' Schwartz and Laak's long-term partner - actress and poker pro Jennifer Tilly.
    Laak also played in the 2009 Aussie Millions cash game Invitational.
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  • 2008
    Age 35
    In 2008, Laak made a cameo appearance in the Knight Rider television movie, where he was credited as "Poker Pro".
    More Details Hide Details Laak has written a monthly column called "Being Phil Laak", in the poker-themed Bluff Magazine, since late 2005. Laak co-hosted a show called I Bet You on the (MOJO network) with his friend Antonio Esfandiari where they can be found betting on any and all things.
  • 2007
    Age 34
    At the 2007 conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in Vancouver, British Columbia, Laak and fellow professional player Ali Eslami competed against, and beat, Polaris, a poker playing computer program developed at the University of Alberta, in two of the four rounds with the remaining rounds being a loss and a draw.
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  • 2005
    Age 32
    He is currently dating actress Jennifer Tilly, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2005 in the $1,000 buy-in Ladies no limit Texas hold 'em championship.
    More Details Hide Details Phil Laak played the first day of the Main Event of the 2008 World Series of Poker incognito, in a latex mask, wig, make-up and costume. His disguise was reported thereafter by AP reporter Oskar Garcia. The WSOP 2009 rules added a new rule prohibiting wearing masks at the table.
    At the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Laak finished second to Johnny Chan in the $2,500 pot limit hold 'em event.
    More Details Hide Details Laak defeated Ram Vaswani to win the inaugural William Hill Poker Grand Prix, taking home the £150,000 first prize. He has also competed in numerous Poker Royale series. Laak appeared on seasons two through seven of High Stakes Poker on GSN, and served as the dealer on the short-lived television series E! Hollywood Hold'em. Laak was a winner of NBC's Poker After Dark, earning the weekly prize of $120,000. The tournament was entitled "Phil Phil" because both Phil Laak and Phil Hellmuth were contenders. Apart from Laak and Hellmuth the table consisted of Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Harman, and Erik Seidel. He again won $120,000 in the Nicknames episode, defeating Annette Obrestad, Mike Matusow, Antonio Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren and Phil Hellmuth.
    He has made two other WPT final tables since: sixth place in both the season two Battle of Champions and the 2005 Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
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  • 2004
    Age 31
    Laak learned to play poker as a child. His first major tournament victory was at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Celebrity Invitational in February 2004.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born
    Born on September 8, 1972.
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