Third Time Lucky For Bracelet Winning Laak
September 16, 2021
If you had asked poker pro Phil Laak last week, where he’d most likely be today, he probably would have said either still celebrating his English Poker Open Main Event win- the event he was deep in at the time- or celebrating his partner in crime Jennifer Tilly’s birthday- also on the 16th- but even the often overly optimistic young Laak probably wouldn’t have expected the answer to be still sitting at the table of Event #1 of the World Series of Poker Europe, behind all the chips, a new WSOP bracelet, and a first prize worth ₤170,802- about $267,000 USD.

Despite an encouraging chip stack, Laak wasn’t able to win that earlier English Poker Open event- min-cashing instead for about $10,500- nor was he able to close the deal on the Partouche Poker Tour main event a week and a half earlier- cashing in that one for about $66,000- but apparently his third September deep run was the charm, fighting his way through a star-studded field of 244 entrants, including a tough final table that held both David Peters and local favorite Chris Bjorin, to earn his first ever career WSOP bracelet. 

Interestingly enough, this was also Laak’s third try at a WSOP final table, coming in ninth in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold ‘em World Championship event in 2008, and 2nd- to Johnny Chan- in another Pot-Limit Hold ‘em event in 2005, before winning today’s final table.

The final table finish positions for the 2010 WSOP Europe, ₤2,650 buy-in, Six-Handed No-Limit Hold ‘em, were as follows:

1st.  Phil Laak- ₤170,802

2nd.  Andrew Pantling- ₤105,506

3rd.  Chris Bjorin- ₤70,473

4th.  David Peters- ₤48,202

5th.  Ilan Rouah- ₤33,617

6th.  Willie Tann- ₤23,900

For more details on Event #1 of the 2010 WSOP Europe, or to follow highlights from Event #2, already underway and featuring- an arguably degenerate- Phil Laak going for seconds, visit powered by PokerNews.
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