Phil Laak Will Look to Win His First World Series of Poker Bracelet on Thursday

Published on September 15th, 2010 7:10 pm EST

World Series of Poker Europe - WSOP - Logo - WSOPEPhil Laak will be looking to win the first World Series of Poker bracelet of his career on Thursday when the final table of the 2,650 pound Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event gets underway at the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe.

Laak has had a number of close calls during his quest for a WSOP bracelet, including a second place finish in 2005 ($2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em) and a 9th place finish in 2008 ($10k Pot Limit Hold'em World Championship). Laak, who has over $2 million in total lifetime tournament cashes, is one of the most recognizable poker names that has never managed to take down a World Series of Poker event. "The Unabomber" will be looking to change that on Thursday.

Phil Laak has been on a bit of a heater as of late. In addition to his final table appearance in this event, Laak also went deep in the 2010 English Poker Open main event (18th, $10,491) and the Partouche Poker Tour main event ($65,939) earlier in the month.

Here are the full chip counts heading into Thursday's final table:

Andrew Pantling, 627,500
Chris Bjorin, 368,500
Phil Laak, 317,000
David Peters, 251,500
Ilan Rouah, 200,000
Willie Tann, 72,000


Phil Laak has had an eventful 2010.

A few months back, Laak shattered the record for longest time spent playing poker in a single session (Laak ended up playing for 115 hours straight).

Laak's year took a turn for the worse last month when he sustained multiple injuries in an ATV accident.

Can Laak cap off an interesting and unusual year by taking down his first World Series of Poker bracelet? We'll find out tomorrow.


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