Phil Laak

Nicknamed "The Unabomber", Phil Laak (pronounced "lock") is a professional poker player residing in Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.


Born in 1972, in Dublin, Ireland, Phil Laak was raised on the East Coast of the U.S. and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked at a variety of jobs before moving west to California and getting into poker, which he learned to play as a child.

Like many pro poker players, Laak loved playing games. Prior to getting into poker was a world-class backgammon player.

His first major tournament win was in 2004 at the WPT Celebrity Invitational where he made $100,000.

In 2005 he finished 6th in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, earning $160,995.

At the 2005 WSOP, Laak finished 2nd to Johnny Chan in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold 'em event, earning $156,400. He also defeated Ram Vaswani to win the inaugural William Hill Poker Grand Prix, winning the £150,000 first prize.

Laak is best known for his appearances on TV poker programs, including the Poker Royale series, appearances on seasons 2 through 5 of High Stakes Poker.

Laak was twice a winner of NBC's Poker After Dark, earning the weekly prize of $120,000 both times.

At the 2007 conference of the "Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence" in Vancouver, Canada, Laak and another professional player competed against "Polaris", a poker playing robot developed at the University of Alberta. Laak won two rounds, lost one, and tied one.

In October 2009, Laak won the World Open V, earning $250,000. At the final table was his long-term partner, actress, and poker pro Jennifer Tilly.

Laak has written a column called "Being Phil Laak" for Bluff Magazine since late 2005.


Laak earned his nickname "Unabomber" because of his habit of playing poker while wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses.

Laak is known also for his unusual and inventive manner of speech. He coined the poker term "felted" to mean having lost all of one's chips (i.e. nothing left in front of the player except the table felt).

Laak has been dating actress Jennifer Tilly, who won a bracelet in 2005 WSOP.

Phil Laak played the first day of the 2008 WSOP Main Event in a latex mask, wig, make-up and costume. A year later, the World Series added a new rule prohibiting wearing masks at the table.

Even though Laak considers himself a "semi-professional" poker player, he has (as of 2008) 7 WSOP cashes, WPT cashes, 3 WPT final tables, and total live tournament winnings exceed $1,750,000.


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Phil - Watching PAD episode 68 (Pt.. 1 of 3) @24/39 mins. interaction betw. PL and HL. You said you like finding people with ideas -I have a good one related to my specialty. I'm a washout, tho -not sure how to market the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of the solar thermal industry.

solarmd on August 13, 2013

So Laak is a huge blah blah rambler- is that his strategy?

dumbdududumb on July 24, 2010

All inbred Irishmen, who like old whores, should be barred from tournaments......MAN LAW!

????? on September 13, 2009

this guy is a sound player and he has the best show on tv

thegrinder on September 1, 2008

Total drone but at least he gets to chew on Jennifer's mounds lol

headlessman1964 on January 7, 2008

This Guy Is A Cheap Jew. He Wins Pots For 70k And Tips The Dealer 5 Bucks, What A Piece Of Shit

DonkeySlayer on January 3, 2008

i looked at ur site and its a joke

theguy on August 4, 2007

do you want proof

tom on August 2, 2007

ur a loser whose just trying to make money for your sick wife from a poker player who made it big good job tool

theguy on August 2, 2007

This is the absolute truth about phil laak you can e:mail the site for full report on what a cowardly cheating lowlife piece of shit this guy is

tom on August 1, 2007

Please everyone check out this site to know about the real piece of shit Phil Laak


tom on August 1, 2007

Full web-sit dedicated to phil laaks sordid past will be online next week details will follow later

tom on July 27, 2007

Do not think Gabe and Fat Nick can help

tom on July 26, 2007

Phil next week a web site will go up showing how my Thai wif is in a wheel chair because of you

tom on July 26, 2007

Phill do you really think escaping me at this years world series is going to stop me exposing you for what you really are I already have signed affidavits that you paid 10,000$ to have me and my wife shot.My wife who is Thai now has M.S all we did was try to help this piece of garbage when he fucked up in Thailand.Do not think Phil for one minute you are going to get away with this

tom on July 23, 2007

Jennifer Tilly will know what a real scumbag phil laak is very soon

tom on July 23, 2007

I also have photo's of this piece of garbage running away from me ot this years world series

tom on July 23, 2007

Phil Laak is a total scumbag I was at the world series this year to approach this piece of garbage on why in thailand seven years ago he paid 10,000$ to have me and my wife shot.
When I approached him he ran away like the cowered he is.What ever it costs me I will ruin this scumbags image for more information please contact me

tom on July 23, 2007

i had the chance to play with Phil Laak in this years world series... not the main event but a 1500 no limit event. He seemed like an all around nice guy and from what i could tell was a very good player, definately took control ( maybe because everyone knew who he was) or maybe not. I actually got to play a decent sized pot early on with him when he reraised my button raise out of the big blind and then bet again on the flop...... i really thought he didnt have a whole lot but i also didnt feel that if i raised him he couldnt get away from his hand because he woulda been really priced in..... so i folded, 4 or 5 hours later after we were both out i had a chance to talk to him in the hallway and he took the time to discuss the hand with me and everything. seems like a real likeable and stand up guy. thanks in part to Phil my first world series experience was a success.

Unregistered on September 19, 2006

this guy is a donk

DonkeySlayer on September 17, 2006

his girl is hot. i don't care how old she is. i'd bang her.

jesse shultz on August 19, 2006

One of the gayest players out there. A real clown who is about as funny as cancer. Grow up dipshit and learn how to play cards. I remember Johnny Chan kicked your ass heads up for his 10th bracelet.

bad_dog76 on August 11, 2006

How do you say over rated in dumb ass. Laak if you talk nonstop making jokes then you better be funny, if not then shut your fuckin mouth(You never made me laugh once). Another thing, englishcat get a life. Your full of crap and everybody knows it. You were saying the same stuff about scotty Nguyen, get a life. I can't stress on the fact that Phil is an immature jerk who isn't funny and couldn't play poker to save his life.

Bender on July 29, 2006

Why does he go with an old broad who is 14 yrs older than he
is, and has phoney tits?????

????? on May 25, 2006

I can't believe I just wasted 20 minutes of my life reading this thread.

Englishcat is full of %#*&


Derek on December 23, 2005

Another inbred Irishman!

????? on October 31, 2005

I lived with Phil Laak for over a year,he was my roomate.He knew backgammon very well,and when i met him,he was just starting poker.I taught him most everything he knows.But i can tell you one thing,he is a smart guy.He knows how he comes off,and yes it is an act...but hes like a child in some ways,very immature.Fun to be with though...i know things about him that one one else does in the world.There are quite a few things actually im sure he would like to sweep under the rug and forget(Thailand,cheating,drug stuff etc). I cant even get in contact with him now cuz hes so famous...shame really.
Aside from all his antics, he is a genius ...only another genius can know this,so i can label him with safety.
I can tell you he would LOVE being warned at a game about his behavior,he loves confrontation,arguements...taking things to the next level.Any questions people might have i can answer...i probably know him better than anyone...

Tripwyre on October 10, 2005

TV poker is becoming unwatchable and will soon be dumbed-down to total oblivion within a few years. A prime example was Phil heads up against Chan in the WSOP. After his incessant babbling and doing situps on the floor I was fed up and took a stand...I TURNED THE TV OFF! I foresee more of this in the upcoming season of WPT as more idiot behavior enters the fray along with their annoying friends cheering wildly on the rails.

The Judge on October 3, 2005

Who cares how he acts???? He's F&$@%^g Jennifer Tilly. Well done Phil!!!!!!! Those tits are amazing.....

Unregistered on September 4, 2005

There is only one true player better then the great Phil Laak..... me!!!

AubeOne on August 24, 2005

Put His Picture Next To Dork In The Dictionary, And Wimp In The Subtopic

CAN U SAY DORK? on August 23, 2005

This guy is wierd but still a good player.But moving all in with a jack 7 off suit lol

devilcards on August 23, 2005

how about all you people stop criticizing englishcat, give the man a break. Theres nothing wrong with being friendly.

JetsFan315 on August 21, 2005

Hmm..Phil is in France now playing a tourney..he phoned tonight and said afterwards hes coming to England to see me..I said to him we will have a great weekend out on the town drinking and chasing women...He said "Im gonnaget busted out early at the thought Cat!" we laughed :)

englishcat on August 20, 2005

foget coming back as sam farha i want to come back as phil laak in the 2nd life so i can bang jennifer

tm3545 on August 19, 2005

Hiya..previous post is true..thats why I thought up the name "Laak Erie" for Phil..I said "A lot of Americans are scared and think your name is wrong"..he thought and said "Cat,think up one for me"..I did and hes now officially known as Laak Erie..You will see him on the WPT being introduced by Mike Sexton as that name!

englishcat on August 13, 2005

With the AKA name ā€œUnabomberā€ in these time of war and terrorist is disrespectful, I recommend you find a new AKA out of respect of all Americans

Carman45 on August 12, 2005

Hiya all..Phil just phoned he said that his jacket with "Laak Erie" on the back are being made in Korea as we speak!..he sounded very excited and said "Oh Cat it was your idea you are such a true friend"..I laughed and said "Anything for you Laak Erie"..He burst out laughing and said "Oh Cat you are so funny and such a good friend"..I said "Thanks Phil so are u"!

englishcat on August 10, 2005

hey phil if you read whats on the post on jennifers profile you should stick with jennifer and rule the poker world together like darthvader and luke skywalker that way you dont ever have to work some 9-5 job in a stinky under air conditioned engineering office with nosey co workers and a shitty manager.

tm3545 on August 9, 2005

No, I am the leader. You losers can kiss my ass. Go back to playing find the trouser snake with Don Zimmer in the back of the bullpen.

Ken Phelps on August 8, 2005

Hmm previoua post wasnt by me..awful..Phils jackets are going to be such a hit with the designers..theyre putting my catchphrase I invented for him all over them..I cant wait to se the quality of them and to see Phil wear them on TV!

englishcat on August 7, 2005

Where Is A Robert Williamson Iii Profile. He Just Busted The Unibomber At The Pro's Vs. Comedians On Game Show Net Work. Give Some Respect.

Unregistered on August 7, 2005

Hiya all..Phil rung this morning..he said that a top fashion designer in L.A had put his new catchphrase onto a new clothes line and would Phil be interested in marketing it?..I said" Go for it Phil".he said "Thanks Cat,I knew you would understand"

englishcat on August 6, 2005

Hiya all,,Santa Claus rung this morning, he said he wants to start a second Christmas, in July, and he wants me to market it.

englishcat on August 6, 2005

i know who leader is

gary sheffield-bot on August 5, 2005

It's me, but only when hopped up on the roids.

Jason Giambi on August 5, 2005

no im leader

luis sojo on August 5, 2005

no im the real leader talk f'n english sheff

rick cano on August 5, 2005

Lol the last post quite amusing but wasnt by me..Phil is on my mobile phone at the min..he wants me to fly over soon for a home game!..I said "Seeyou soon Phil itll be good to see each other again"..He sounded relieved and said "Good One Cat and you will see Jen again I know she likes you and thinks you are so funny"..I said "Ok Phil see you soon my friend"

englishcat on August 4, 2005

after you play the 1st pokerbot i want match with same stipulation

pokerbot 888 on August 4, 2005

the odds of you beating me again are 999-1 i challenge you to a rematch except lets add a stipulation i win i get one nite with jennifer goodbye

pokerbot on August 3, 2005

Hi all..Phil just went on webcam with me..He was wearing his Jacket again..he said Hes going in a home game tonight with Hellmuth and will be wearing his jacket for luck..I said "Phil you are sure to win"..he laughed and said "I know Cat,with this jacket from my best friend I can count my winnings already"

englishcat on August 3, 2005

Hes a great poker player (poker does take skill by the way) and even Mike Sexton (a WPT comintator) said that his behavour will make him and WPT a lot more fansany thing to

F*** All of you Who Diss HIm on August 2, 2005

good above post..Phil is a good man..hes better than average at poker as I proved when I only just beat him at a home game!

englishcat on August 2, 2005

His girlfriend Tilly is a B or C list actress, she thinks she is so great and is horrible and warner brothers laughs at her and does shiit for her, and her boyfriend is a donkey

TILLY IS A B-LISTER on August 2, 2005

Phil sent me an email earlier and was saying in it how good I was to buy him his jacket and hes going to buy me something back!..I quickly replied saying that he didnt have to do that as Im his friend and It doesnt matter...Phil then rung up and said "I can rely on you Cat you are a true friend and Im coming over soon to see you"...come quick Phil Itll be good to see you again!

englishcat on August 1, 2005

To set the record straight...I "Phoned" Englishcat today. While T***y-F***ing J-Till and 4-tabling online, and authoring my manifesto.

Phil Laak on August 1, 2005

Hmmm that above post wasn't by me. How could it be? Everyone knows I am in jail and can't make calls.

englishcat on August 1, 2005

You are so jealous..I kNOW phil and hes my friend

englishcat on July 29, 2005

and when we see the next tournament on tv where phil is wearing his trademark then englishcat is biggest 'b.s. poker poser artist he knows everyone on the left side list including wild bill hickock

Unregistered on July 28, 2005

i wander if hes piped jennifer tilly? or banged her

damn dude on July 27, 2005

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unabomber on July 25, 2005

Phil phoned today and we had a good chat about Poker and his unabomber tag..I said "Phil your nickname is a little insensitive"..He agreed and he will soon be know as "Laak Erie"...I said "Wow Phil thats great everyone will love it"..he thanked me for that and agreed to come over soon for a home game!

englishcat on July 23, 2005

Hey englishcat, if i EVER meet a real poker pro who happens to be one of your "friends" u always full of shit about on these boards, my first question will be "do u know of anybody called "englishcat"?" and they will say "who? never heard of the loser" and i will have the conversation recorded as evidence. So then everyone will see, if they already dont see it now, that u are the biggest lying piece of scum on earth.

Observer on July 20, 2005

Hmm Observer they know of me as "Cat"..anyways Phil phoned this morning early at 8am..I said "You ok Phil?"..he sounded distracted..he was playing a home game lol...anyways he said "Cat Im in the toilet and Im playing kings and the flop is Q48..what should I do?"..He had made the excuse of the toilet to phone me lol..anyways I said "Raise the pot Phil and u should win it"..he said "Thanks Cat I will do just that,you are so wise and such a good friend"

englishcat on July 20, 2005

I bought Phil a cool new hoodie in a shop I know..its stone grey in colour and very cool..I rang Phil earlier and told him I bought it for him..he said "Wow thanks Cat I shall wear it at every tourney I play from now on" I said "Thanks Phil that would mean a lot to me"..anyways watch your tv screens for Phils new hoodie!

englishcat on July 18, 2005

Phil rung me again last night. He was a bit upset over how I took 24 quid out of his wallet the last time he slept over. I apologize Phil. I needed a hit of crack. I will pay you back.

englishcat on July 16, 2005

I have a degree in engineering. Why is it that engineers make good players?

Unregistered on July 16, 2005

hmm very amusing..Phil rang earlier sounding quite upset..he said "Cat I know u r a good friend but can u do me a favour?"..I said "Consider it done Phil you are a good friend and I will do it"..he said "Someone stole my favourite hoodie can u look for a new one?"..I said "Of course Phil I will go shopping tomorrow"..Phil said "I knew I could rely on you cat you are my best friend"..I shall tell u all how I got on tomorrow :)

englishcat on July 16, 2005

i cant wait to watch this years wsop on espn best 2 matches to watch laak vs chan and vinny vinh vs amit in the omaha tournament plus will probbly be a lady at the final table this year

Unregistered on July 12, 2005

Phil rung me last night late..he was drunk..said "Cat wish u was here I keep getting beat by fish" I said "Phil remember Fish belong in water and we walk the land"..he was stunned and said "Thats amazing Cat I shall say that when I play again"..I said "anything Phil U know you`re my friend and I dont want to see u lose"..anyways we arranged to meet in August for a small home game at his house...cant wait Phil :)

englishcat on July 12, 2005

Phils ringing me later so I shall keep u posted..Hopefully he will have good news about the world series :)

englishcat on July 11, 2005

Phil told me Laak is an old Finnish name meaning "lake"..He told me this last night when he phoned me..he also told me that this year he doesnt feel so confident with all these people playing in the world series..I said "Phil,dont let them worry u,be very aggressive with them and they will fold"..he said "Wow thanks Cat I will do that"..Im sure we all wish Phil well :)

englishcat on July 8, 2005

what kinda fukin name is laak???

brack on July 7, 2005

obviously he is a student of the game as well. his girlfriend is a poker champ now. she didnt learn the game from anyone else. this itself is a telling tale of his game

loveland on July 7, 2005

Hmm very jealous..Just because I know Phil well and played poker with him and gone for beers and food with him U slag me off..most bad form..Phils looking forward to the world series he told me tonight..he said he will be aggressive and wear his hoodie again

englishcat on July 3, 2005

sure he may look funny on tv but if he sucked out on me for 300,000 and did his gay dino dance id punch him in his face... this guy is garbage plain and simple

annoying POS on June 19, 2005

Any of you who think phil is a bad player should watch the "bad boys of poker" WPT match where, in the first hand he bluffed out the devil fish with something like 92os.

Duncan on June 18, 2005

Phil Laak is unreal, hes my idol. Unreal poker player, makes the game more fun to watch and just seems to be a good guy. Luck you say? Ask any good poker player and ask them if luck has anything to do with it. Phil Laak is a great player.Peace Jlep5

Jlep5 on May 28, 2005

I've known Phil "Unabomber" "Ultrajag" Laak for 9 years or so. All is never as it seems with him, which is of course perfect for poker. I could tell some hysterical stories. He is very hard to smack with a chair. The funny thing about him living with J.Tilly (met her at SJ couple months ago) is that she was in "Let It Ride", one of the best gambling movies ever.As for him being "lucky"......At that same tournament (Shooting Stars), I stepped into the snack bar and overheard some old nit telling a buddy "That Gus guy is just lucky, that's all." I mentioned this to another old backgammon->poker guy, X22, and he said "Lucky? Gus is UNlucky!"Funny

ekwity on May 19, 2005

This guy's antics are great. I love watching him. Everytime the bomber is at a table it is sure to please.

Miniweat on May 6, 2005

decent player with amusing antics, but i honestly think i would punch him in the face if he did his dino dance after sucking out on me

Unregistered on April 9, 2005

First of all, Phil may indeed have ADD, but that certainly doesn't mean he couldn't have gotten an engineering degree. Second of all, he is pretty cute. I wish he wouldn't always wear that hood.

Unregistered on April 5, 2005

I had the privalige of meeting Phil a while back. His antics may be child-like yes but he is quite nice and he is a very good poker player. But when you play for a long time at the table you always need some comic relief. I hope he never changes, it's just to funny to watch him

angels lily on April 3, 2005

I met Phil Laak in the Commerce Casino this week and personally watched him take many big pots off of some the best no limit players LA has to offer. He was one of the best players without a doubt. He was down to earth and approachable toward me even though I was the stereotypical, busted at the time, railbird. Phil, although you may be a soulless wasteland gamble to bone type of guy the players were seething at, my hats off to you and your pretty damn good play. P.S. Nice play on Toby, got a read on you though, see you April 15th.

manningbrent on April 1, 2005

I just had to post, after all the negative things said about phil laak. He is a great poker player, and yea he gets lecky a lot!! but everyone who calims his antics are "unamusing" youre all full of it, obviously youre attention was captured. and to the one who says he might suffer from a.d.d. youre a fool, his antics dont even mimic that of an attention deficit case, he is always in touch with the game, where as a.d.d. suffers are more apt to "space out". But back on point, Phil Laak is awesome!!!

Joshua on March 18, 2005

One more thing, all the people whining about the nickname "the unabomber" who cares?! It's not like hes walking around with a bag of plastique explosive, he wears a hoodie and glasses, if you are oh so offended send a letter to WPT since they are the ones who initially referred to him as such. But I'm betting the ones whining were also objecting to the teletubbies homosexual inference of a purple character. Well in the interest of the conservatives, maybe we should refer to Mr. Laak and Happy sunshine glasses man.

Joshua on March 18, 2005

Dude, you need some help. I'd give you my shrink's number, but I shot him last week.

Jeez on March 12, 2005

phil laak is a badass

Gus Hansen Blows on March 1, 2005

A good B-list player. Funny and entertaining commentator. I don't think he has what it takes to make it into the highest levels of poker, but I rooot for him.

Vegas Mike on February 27, 2005

i will not "chill down" lmao sorry j/k,,,i think what laak does at the table is a joke and disrespectfull to the other players at the table...he uses his "crazy"image to his benefit ,which is a good thing...he does make some awful calls and he sucks out soooo much, but some of that has to go to calling the correct pot odds...kind of like gus hansen...if he didnt act like corey feldman on crack, maybe his game would be more respected...but hey hes the one banging jennifer tilly while im here on my pc, so maube he;s the one doing something right lol

iveyfan05 on February 17, 2005

ok. first of all. Alot of you guys posting here pisses me off. Comon, listen to yourself... "phil laak sucks" "phil laak is immature" "unabomber is a offensive nickname" For the first, he does not suck, he is a "semi-professional" poker player, and ok he has REALLY much luck, but thats life. he gambles. His style is fun to watch.. And no, the other people playing on the final wpt-table with him did not got disturbed by his style. They seemed to ejoy it a bit.. (specially in the heads-up) also the dealer did not get nervous or whatever when phil got behind and looked over shoulder.. And about "his" nickname. Chill down, he didnt choose his style to try to look as the mailbomber Unabomber, the other gave him that nickname.. Phil Laak is a good, unpredictable player and it is amusing to watch him. So I say this to evryone complaining about him: Get a life.. Its a game..thanks.. /filip, sweden(excuse my bad english =))

Kiwi eliteak on February 15, 2005

Laak is the man... crazy and unpredictable is a good way to put it on your opponents to make the best hand. I like his style on the table

Bibulus on February 10, 2005

he's just immature.

He's not crazy on February 10, 2005

best thing about laak is his girlfriend actress jennifer

iveyfan05 on February 7, 2005

The unabomber is the craziest player...i love him!!! The poker game needs more players like him who knows how to have to good time. Laak is my fav player!!!

katie/neonennopsychoalic on February 5, 2005

Unabomber... very inappropriate! Why would you want to look like and be referred as someone who devastated so many lives by murder?And why would the WPT commend this behavior? Hopefully some day they'll be sued for tons of money for acknowledging Laak as the Unabomber by the victims of the Unabomber or maybe by Ted himself.

Chattins on February 5, 2005

I don't get what everyone complains about. His antics really aren't that bad. I've never seen him do anything that is insulting to the other players... He mainly just has fun in a "his own little world" sort of way. I agree that the unabomber nickname isn't very tasteful, but he didn't give it to himself.

T-Bone on February 3, 2005

Good players play the odds, Phil Laak does not.

Unregistered on February 1, 2005

Well I would agree if I was someone playing with him at the table like I dunno if I would be able to take it. I might just snap. But watching him on tv I find it quite amusing maybe thats his stratagy to throw off the other players. Personally I am a big Phil Ivey fan. But phil laak is fun to watch.

Jimmy "The River" Ferreira on January 22, 2005

The man makes the game fun to watch no one can deny the change that we all have seen in the poker world with it becoming such a big hit and I would like to believe that it has something to do with these kinds of players like phil laak that make the game interesting to watch.

Jimmy "The River" Ferreira on January 21, 2005

if you need a "player"like phil laak to make the game intresting, than you are not truly a fan...hes horrible for the game, he sucks out sooooo much....his antics are a joke...needs to get punched...

iveyfan05 on January 21, 2005

He's an idiot, and so were the announcers for endorseing the assinine antics at that tournament!And you could see that the sharking was bothering some of the players. The WPT will suffer if they encourage this type of BS.

no name on January 14, 2005

I interviewed Phil Laak not long ago and he was a pretty cool guy. I thought I would post a link to the interview here, in case anyone was interested. :)

Ann on January 4, 2005

Laak is cool, I love watching him play. My second favorite player. The shadow boxing is great.

juicetin on January 2, 2005

There are too many Phils. Phil Hellmuth, Phil Gordon, Phil Ivey, and Phil Laak....One of them never shuts up (Laak). One never stops complaining (Hellmuth), One never speaks or smiles (Ivey). One is so good he gets to analyze celebrity poker for a living (Gordon).

Eddie on December 30, 2004

laak is a great player and is not intimidated by the "big Boys" he plays his cards and the people

Andrew on December 29, 2004

laak is interesting as all hell.

aqua_0 on December 28, 2004

Been playing the 10-20 blinds no limit game with Laak at the Bellagio for about 10 nights straight, nice guy, a little crazy, nothing special about his game, he plays to grind out profit nightly and I've found it quite easy to bluff him

heat_go_heat on December 24, 2004

Very bad player. This is coming from someone who has played against him in many tournaments. E and every other pro love to see him at the table.

Unregistered on December 19, 2004


bruce taesokim on December 13, 2004

Phil, I always thought, that if you could do something as well as you washed dishes in Falmouth, then you would have all figured out. I am tripping checking out your stats. When will you be in SF area?

Paul Moylan on December 13, 2004

It would be hard for him to get a B.S. in any engineering with ADD. He has a good table image and alot of talent. And for the person that said he is just "more" lucky than everyone more books. It's all math, not luck.

Unregistered on December 11, 2004

Phil - You're incredible! From those crazy days of Engineering. I was flipping through the channels ( I never watch poker) and who do I see but my old roomate who used to play backgammon standing up for 24 hours straight.

Unregistered on December 9, 2004

This Guy Is Bnging Jennifer Tilly. She Is F-ing Hot

ABHORRENT1 on November 26, 2004

laak is the greatest i just got a unibomber tshirt off ebay its great

pokerstud85 on November 24, 2004

phil laak...broke ass acting a fool on anyone youll never see this loser anywhere again..anywhere but in the city driving a cab so he can support is 1-2 habit

richardeum on November 22, 2004

Very fun to watch on TV. As far as poker skills go, he's second-tier but smart enough to use his psychotic personality to gain exposure.

slvsc2 on November 16, 2004

Saw on Jay Leno Jennifer Tilly talking about you.

J Bullock on November 8, 2004

According to the one sports writer in NYC, he was facinated at how some folks came dressed to the Halloween parade dress as Phil Laak. Rumor has it he is indeed dating Jennifer Tilly

Gigohead. on November 2, 2004

Phil You Rock!!! Lovin The WPT Entertainment You Are Providing Professionally And Entertainingly (hum is that a word?)I Would Love To See You And Antonio In Another Tourney Together...Best Wishes :-)

aquaintence on November 1, 2004

Hey Phil, you are a pretty good player, but please spare us the inane antics, please?If it isn't Hellmuth complaining about losing, it's some clown yelling (Laak), running their mouths (Matasow), or, God forbid, shadow boxing. (Guess who) If you are indeed a PROFESSIONAL player, try acting like one. Win, lose, it all with some style. If you need instruction, look no further than Sam Farha or Howard Lederer. They might not win all of the time, but they never act like morons at the table.

Shaun/thechosenone1975 on October 25, 2004

This is just the beginning of The Hold Em Craze. Phil groom it man! Santa Claus is coming to town, (the big Networks), with BIG BUNDLES...for those like you, RECOGNIZED NAME, good player & entertaining. Keep signing those hats.

The Grim Reaper/brainstormrandd on October 21, 2004

Hello, this is DEREK RILEY. MY Dad (MIKE RILEY) I think was at the Big Dog and got your autograph on a hat for me. You wrote, "question everything" He got to play against you and many other poker greats! Thank you so much for the autograph and I hope you keep on winning.

DEREK RILEY on October 13, 2004

I swear I tuned to ESPN this summer WSoP 2004, I did not see him right? Where was he? I was so looking forward to seeing him. I may be wrong, but I did not see him in the final table.

Gigohead. on September 29, 2004

Laak, sit down and shut act like an idiot sometimes. No doubt your skill and luck, but put shine on it please.

Pokrstudent on September 23, 2004

i have a crush on him. he's so hott!

amber on September 13, 2004

Um, who would win in a fight, Laak or God? Trick question...Laak is God.

Econ on September 8, 2004

The WPT is allowing this jerk to trash a good program.And the punks, that are playing against him, shouldmake him sit down, and stop ^&%* with their game.Until someone reigns him in, he will only get worse;someone needs to give him one warniong, then jack his jaw.............screw the WPT for allowing this to go on.

researcher on September 7, 2004

Hey all...I just saw this guy on t.v. win a tourney against Humberto Brenes at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. While I admit he won simply because of luck (there was an Ace drawn on the river to give him a pair of rockets over Humberto's pair of 8's), Mr. Laak had to have had some talent to make it to that final table. He was crazy, though!! Kept taking his shoes off, kept jumping up and down almost like he was a monkey, and he was trying to get peaks at the turn and the river cards before they were layed down. I didn't think players were allowed to do that. (If anyone out there saw this same game, did you notice the dirty looks that one female dealer kept giving Mr. Laak everytime he tried to peek??)

Marina on September 4, 2004

Reprise...The hand I mentioned in my previous post was the one played before the winning hand. I didn't mean to make it seem as if that was the hand that won Phil Laak the tourney.

Marina on September 4, 2004

dude anybody who doesnt like the phil laak is either boring or yeah boring that pretty much sums it up since that is all i can post or it will get deleted man though his nickname makes it sound like he has on testicle

pocket7s on September 3, 2004

I thought he was funny, awesome and I can't wait to see him at another final table. I thought he played great too, he did win!!! I keep it on Tevo so I can watch again. Loved it, love him

rock on September 1, 2004

Phil Laak is another good player. Not great but good. The antics he needs to leave at home. Nothing humerous about it at all. He seems to suffer from A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Dissorder). The WPT needs to crack down on him and make him act like he has civilized parents. Otherwise, no more tourneys. Period.

pokerface on August 31, 2004

Pro is some stupid teenager. Don't listen to him.

Unabomber on August 27, 2004

Hey Kitty:The people that say poker is all about luck, are the ones that don't have any. And really, who is more pathetic: The lucky Unabomber winning money out of a "talentless" game, or the person sitting at home watching him?

Pro on August 20, 2004

Time will show the poker skills. For now, I'm going to try to enjoy his other skill set. Phil at least gives the ladies something to look at besides overweight, middle-aged, balding geek pros, no offense guys.

AlisoninVegas on August 20, 2004

no, its all just a lame act. a very, very lucky player. thats all. very little talent & a lot of luck. Hey, thats poker! The 'crazy/wacky guy' act is so transparent its just not true. pathetic.

Kitty on August 19, 2004

phil is ill---and quite attractive i might add.

renee--weenfan on August 16, 2004

Phil Laak is great, and i love the nick name Unabomber and the way he acts it cracks me up

Mad Monkey on August 8, 2004

i have recently got the poker bug, after watching the world poker championships on TV i watched the Una Bomber kick ass, now i am getting into poker. he makes the game more fun with his crazy eccentricity. funny

larns on July 23, 2004

Whether you like him or not, this guy has brought a huge number of extra fans into the game. And you can't argue with the kind of final table success he has had in 2004.

HackerJack on July 20, 2004

I think The unabomber is a decent player and his unpredictability helps him achieve his goals and all those who put him down,i will respect there opinion when they compete at the level he has!

JAck Flamin_Jesus eire101 on July 18, 2004

laak is great

Unregistered on June 27, 2004

Terrible player; antics are unamusing.

cm. on June 26, 2004


Unregistered on June 25, 2004

I am very angry about the use of your nickname and find absolutely nothing cute or funny about it.I am asking you t get some respect for the families whose lives were ruined by that murderer & immediately cease using it.G.M.C. Central California

Mike C. Central Calif on June 23, 2004

Dude, do you think Phil gave himself that nickname? The poker world gave him that name because with his hood on he looks like the the drawing of the UNA BOMBER. Has nothing to do with that moron at the University of Cal. He is not disrespecting any families.

Mike C..are you kidding me? on June 23, 2004

Hey Mike C. in the central valley...GET A LIFE!

herman007 on June 23, 2004

This guy is wacked out of his mind!!! I LOVE IT

Big Balls! on June 22, 2004

This dude is psycho!

jon on June 21, 2004


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