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Poker Player Bios - Phil Laak aka The Unabomber

Phil LaakPhil Laak, also known as the Unabomber is one of the more recognizable players in televised poker. His nick was given to him for his signature trait mark of wearing a hoody with drawstrings closed and sunglasses. Laak has had an incredible career in both cash games and tournaments, with his first big win in the 2004 World Poker Tour in addition to 3 other final table finishes in the WPT and a second place finish in the $2,500 Pot Limit Holdem event during the 2005 WSOP, where he was overcome by Johnny Chan.

He originally learned how to play poker as a child in Dublin, and during college he met Antonio Esfandiari aka (The Magician). Both players made the move to LA after graduation, where they began playing in tournaments together.


Laak is currently in a relationship with Jennifer Tilly, whom he mentored to help her take down the women’s title in 2006. During the 2008 WSOP, Laak showed up at his table dressed as a woman, with a wig, dress, and latex mask. The only two players who knew who he was were Esfandiari and Tilly. He managed to fool even the players seated at his table.

Other accomplishments for Laak include 1st in the William Hill Poker Grand Prix, NBC’s Poker After Dark, and 9th in the 2008 WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Holdem Event. He has made several appearances on High Stakes Poker and is rated as one of the top high limit cash players, seen often at the Commerce Casino, Bellagio and The Venetian

Total winnings exceed $1.3 million

Phil Laak Player Bio
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