Phil Laak

Phil Laak, 'The Unabomber' is a well known poker pro players. He is also known for his humor. Learn more about him here.

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.

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Phil Laak Poker Style

Phil Laak certainly has a very distinct fashion sense

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Esfandiari and Laak Pro Analysis 3

Good analysis of an interesting WSOP hand between Velador and Keranen

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Poker Night in America - Laak Running a Bluff

Phil Laak going after a pot really strong

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Bad Beat - Laak vs Seed (drama on the river)

Bad Beat - Laak vs Seed (drama on the river)

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Phil Laak Makes a Non-Standard Shove vs Mercier

Phil Laak tries to take Jason Mercier to the value town

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Tom Dwan Makes Big Overbet Bluff vs Laak

Tom Dwan with an unorthodox river line vs Phil Laak

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Being Durrrr - Phil Laak Pays Off Huge Vauebet

Phil Laak facing a huge river overbet by Tom Dwan

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Phil Laak Reveals His Hand on the Turn

Phil Laak tries an optimistic bluff against four people, then reveals his hand

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Phil Laak in a Talkative Mood

Phil Laak talking away in a hand vs Vanessa Selbst

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The Best of Phil Laak

The best and funniest moments of Phil Laak

Cash Game Grinder Aims for Phil Laak's 115-hour Poker Endurance Record

A last longer contest of a different sort will be attempted at this year's WSOP

Kim Kardashian And Those Mirrored Sunglasses – She’s Not Alone!

Kim's far from the only one to don reflective eyewear at the table…

Poker Power Couples Running Good

Just like the many game variants of poker itself, the cast of romantics in this story is very different

Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari in New Poker Movie

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When Negreanu Owned Esfandiari For $200k On PNIA!

In a crazy series of straddle-over-straddle-over-straddled pots, the two went head to head again and again, like two pastel be-shirted highlanders.

Is This Allowed? Genderswap at the WSOP

A female poker player is willing to risk disqualification and play the next year’s WSOP Main Event disguised as a man.

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PartyPoker's The Big Game Returns With PLO Edition

It’s set to be 36 hours straight of monster PLO action when PartyPoker’s The Big Game hits the screens next month

Our Top 3 Jennifer Tilly Moments

When it comes to poker prowess, Jennifer Tilly has a significant pair of assets to help her get ahead of the field – and they’re not quite what you might think!

Laak Loses His Mind

Phil Laak has long been known for his eccentricity, but as we are about to see, sometimes he just takes things a little too far.

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