Phil Laak Biography

Phil Laak is a California-based Irish professional poker player and poker commentator. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

Phil Laak
Quick Facts

Birthday: September 8, 1972

Nationality: Irish

Famous: Irish Men Tall Celebrities

Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Philip

Born in: Dublin, Ireland

Famous as: Professional Poker Player

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jennifer Tilly

City: Dublin, Ireland

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education: University of Massachusetts Amherst

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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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Phil Laak
Poker Career
  • In 2004, Phil Laak achieved his first major tournament victory at World Poker Tour (WPT) Celebrity Invitational. The following year, he finished second at the 2005 World Series of Poker. He then defeated Ram Vaswani and won the inaugural William Hill Poker Grand Prix to take home the £150,000 prize. Laak then participated in the tournament titled "Phil Phil" and won NBC's ‘Poker After Dark’ in which he earned the weekly prize of $120,000.
  • In the year 2007, he, along with professional poker player Ali Eslami beat the poker playing computer program ‘Polaris’ at the conference held under Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Two years later, Laak participated in Aussie Millions cash game Invitational. In 2009, he won the title of World Open V and received $250,000.
  • He won his first career WSOP bracelet by winning the ₤2,500 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em championship that took place at the World Series of Poker Europe on September 16, 2010. On April 12, 2012, the Irish poker player played live at The Big Game. There, he messed up a €63,750 winning hand and set the record for the biggest televised poker blunder in history.
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Personal Life
  • Phil Laak was born on September 8, 1972 in Dublin, Ireland. He studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated from there with a degree in mechanical engineering.
  • He married actress Jennifer Tilly in 2005. Besides this, information regarding the poker player’s parents and other family members is unknown to the media. Laak is known to be the former roommate of California-based Iranian poker player Antonio Esfandiari. As of now, Laak is active on the social networking site Twitter and he keeps updating his handle from time to time.

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