Phil Laak, 8.5x11 with display stand

Phil Laak, 8.5x11 with display stand

Price: $75.00


Phil Laak, born in Dublin, Ireland in 1972, was raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked as an engineer, a repo man, a real estate investor, and day trader before discovering his lucrative talent for professional backgammon at the age of 25.

In 1999, he turned his attention to poker. He spent a year playing underground clubs, until his friend, Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, convinced him to quit his job as a day trader and turn pro. Five years later, Phil "The Unabomber" Laak (so nicknamed because he always wears sunglasses and his trademark hooded sweatshirt, given to him by fellow poker professional Gus Hansen, at the table) won the World Poker Tour Invitational and made the final table in season two of the WPT Battle of Champions and the 2005 Five-Diamond World Poker Classic. He has also won the inaugural William Hill Poker Grand Prix, competed in numerous Poker Royale series and, in 2005, won against the "PokerProbot," the best poker robot in the world, and hosted Hollywood Hold 'Em on E!.
Phil currently splits his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Though his total live tournament winnings exceed $950,000, he still plays the stock market and deals in real estate.