Poker Pros Top Movie and TV Shows Appearances
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Phil Laak Biography
Highly recognisable at the table, almost always wearing his trademark hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, ‘The Unabomber’ Phil Laak is widely regarded as one of the strongest cash-game players around. Laak’s now famous nickname was given to him due to the resemblance he bears when wearing these items to the forensic sketch of Theodore Kaczynski, who was then known as ‘The Unabomber.'
Born in Dublin in 1972 but relocating to Boston at an early age, Laak graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in engineering. From there he went into many different jobs, including working as an engineer, a repo man, a gardener and a real estate investor. Laak also made a decent living as a world-class backgammon player, before discovering poker in 1999.
Despite being primarily known as a cash game player, Laak has also enjoyed success in tournament poker as well. Laak has won one World Poker Tour event and final-tabled three others, along with four World Series of Poker final tables, and a bracelet at the WSOP Europe in the £2,650 6-handed No-Limit Hold ‘em event which banked him £170,802.
Laak has proven to be a popular player on televised poker shows, known for his fun personality and table antics as much as his solid play. It is not uncommon to see Laak doing press-ups, standing behind the dealer for a first look at the board, or joking with the other players at the table.
Laak also currently co-hosts the TV show ‘I Bet You’ with fellow poker pro and best friend Antonio Esfandiari, with the two betting each other on almost anything. Laak is dating fellow pro and actress Jennifer Tilly, who credits her boyfriend with greatly improving her game.
Published 4 years agoPoker Night In America - Phil Laak Shoves with Garbage
Phil Laak gets it in with a questionable hand against David Eldridge during the Poker Night in America cash game
Published 4 years agoPoker Night in America - S4 Ep 29 - Kentucky Fried Poker
The Poker Night in America team head to Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, PA where their very own Chris Hanson becomes an honorary Kent...
Published 4 years agoPoker Night in America - S4 Ep 28 - Shades vs Goggles
Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL hosts the Poker Night in America cash game while the players test out different eyewear...
Published 4 years agoPoker Night in America - S4 Ep 27 - 100th Episode!
The Poker Night in America team head back to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida with a few of their favorite poke...
Published 4 years agoCindy Margolis Slaps Phil Laak after her bust-out!
One of the most memorable moments in the Poker Pro-Am Equalizer with protagonists Cindy Margolis and Phil Laak. Pro-Am Poker Equal...
Published 4 years agoPoker Night in America - Laak and Shanbacher Hit the Flop
Phil Laak and Jack Shanbacher both hit the flop very hard in this big hand from Season 4 of the Poker Night in America live stream...
Published 4 years agoPoker Night in America - S4 Ep 20 - "Claudico" Part 3
Poker Night In America - Season 4 Episode 20 - Part 3Tom Schneider carpet bombs donkeys, and Poker Night in America concludes thei...
Published 4 years agoPoker Night in America - S4 Ep 19 - "Claudico" Part 2
Poker Night In America - Season 4 Episode 19 - Part 2The Poker Night in America cash game meanders on at the Rivers Casino in Pitt...
Published 4 years agoPoker Night in America - S4 Ep 18 - "Claudico" Part 1
Poker Night In America - Season 4 Episode 18 - Part 1Poker Night in America continue their invite-only cash game to Rivers Casino...
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