Phil Laak is certainly one of those players you would have regarded in the ‘best without a bracelet’ category, so it is quite comical that he waits to have a dangerous ATV accident which means he has to wear his newly acquired WSOPE bracelet around a cast. The TV poker favourite must love playing in London, almost exactly a year ago he won the PartyPoker World Open V and now he is celebrating taking down WSOPE Event #1 £2,500 Six Handed.
He had to defeat long time chip leader Andrew Pantling heads up in a swingy battle to get there. In true Laak style the eccentric star put down his victory to the intense pressure on his brain brought on by his recent world record attempt at continuous heads up play:
“I’ve been playing much better poker. I’ve won something like 80 percent of my cash sessions since I broke the record. I used to never cry; not at movies, not at anything. Then I saw the oil spill from BP, and when I saw the animals all covered up in oil I began balling. Everything’s changed, it’s like I’ve been rewired. The food tastes better, I feel better, heck, even the sex is better. It’s all better!”
So the PartyPoker World Open victory, breaking the world endurance poker record (115 hours), a near death experience in an ATV accident and now a WSOPE bracelet. That’s one busy year for the Unabomber.
WSOPE £2,500 Six Max Final Table
1 Phil Laak £170,802
2 Andrew Pantling £105,506
3 Chris Bjorin £70,473
4 David Peters £48,202
5 Ilan Rouah £33,617
6 Willie Tann £23,900
Over in the coveted £5,000 PLO event day one is in the books and 49 players remain from an initial 120. As you can imagine the chip counts read like a whose who of international poker and Karl Mahrenholz is leading the charge for the Brits, currently in 2nd place. Stay tuned to our live updates later on today as we play down to a final table.
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