Phil Laak

About Phil Laak

Who is it?: Professional Poker Player
Birth Day: September 08, 1972
Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland, Irish
Nickname(s): The Unabomber
Residence: San Francisco, California
Bracelet(s): 1
Final table(s): None
Money finish(es): 1
Highest ITM Main Event finish: 412th, 2015
Title(s): None

Phil Laak

Phil Laak was born on September 08, 1972 in Dublin, Ireland, Irish, is Professional Poker Player. Phil Laak is a California-based professional poker player and poker commentator, originally from Ireland. He holds the World Series of Poker bracelet as well as the World Poker Tour title. He held the world record of the longest time spent playing poker in a single session as of 2010. He is widely known as the "Unabomber" in the poker scene because of the sunglasses and hooded sweatshirt he dons at the game table, making him look like the forensic sketch of American mathematician and domestic terrorist, Theodore Kaczynski. Known for his unusual and creative manner of speech, the Irish poker player has also appeared on several television shows. He has appeared in the television movie ‘Knight Rider’ where he was credited as "Poker Pro". He also co-hosted MOJO network’s show ‘I Bet You’. Laak owns his own poker site called ‘Unabomber Poker’. Being a member of the Cake Poker Network, this site features cartoon style graphics and is very eye-catching.
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Occupation Sportspersons
Age 48 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born September 08, 1972 (Dublin, Ireland, Irish)
Birthday September 08
Town/City Dublin, Ireland, Irish
Nationality Irish

🌙 Zodiac

Phil Laak’s zodiac sign is Libra. According to astrologers, People born under the sign of Libra are peaceful, fair, and they hate being alone. Partnership is very important for them, as their mirror and someone giving them the ability to be the mirror themselves. These individuals are fascinated by balance and symmetry, they are in a constant chase for justice and equality, realizing through life that the only thing that should be truly important to themselves in their own inner core of personality. This is someone ready to do nearly anything to avoid conflict, keeping the peace whenever possible

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Phil Laak was born in the Year of the Rat. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are a good friend and are generous and loyal to others considered part of its pack. Motivated by money, can be greedy, is ever curious, seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.

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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. He has made two other WPT final tables since his victory: sixth place in both the season two Battle of Champions and the 2005 Five Diamond World Poker Classic.


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.


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.


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.


In October 2009, Laak was crowned World Open V champion winning $250,000 in the process. He overcame a final table that included Luke 'FullFlush' Schwartz and Laak's long-term partner - Actress and poker pro Jennifer Tilly.


On September 16, 2010, Laak won his first career WSOP bracelet by winning the ₤2,500 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em championship at the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe. His win came after an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle in August, where he suffered a broken elbow amongst other injuries.


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. Amazingly, Laak successfully ends the same poker session as the biggest winner at the table.


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. He halted at 115 hours. The previous official record, 72 hours and 2 minutes, was held by Larry Olmsted, set at the Foxwoods Resort 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.


As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,100,000.

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