Six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Layne Flack was discovered useless in his dwelling Monday on the age of 52. According to a tweet from Mike Matusow, the poker legend handed away in his sleep the evening earlier than.
I’m so gutted as I simply acquired information @back2backflack previous away in his sleep final evening! I talked with him 2 hrs in cellphone every week in the past and he was telling me how he had turned his life round! #riplayneflack
I’ll be doing a dwell broadcast podcast remembering his life this week!
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) July 20, 2021
Flack burst onto the scene within the late 1990’s and was a family title all through the poker increase within the early 2000’s, typically considered one of the perfect gamers of his period. The South Dakota native labored at small card golf equipment in Montana earlier than he made his option to Las Vegas to play professionally.
He earned his first rating of significance in 1997 when he took down a $1,500 no-limit maintain’em event for simply shy of $68,000. Flack gained one other event initially of 1998 for practically $65,000 earlier than incomes his first six-figure rating a number of months later with a runner-up within the $2,000 no-limit maintain’em on the WSOP for $133,000.
It was the beginning of a protracted and illustrious profession.
The following 12 months, he gained his first WSOP bracelet within the $3,000 pot-limit maintain’em for $224,400 and earned his nickname “Back-to-Back Flack” for profitable two tournaments in as many days on the Legends of Poker collection in Los Angeles simply two months after that.
He went on to win two bracelets at consecutive WSOP’s in 2002 and 2003 so as to add to the historical past of his nickname. He gained a pair of no-limit maintain’em occasions in 2002 for a mixed $571,900 earlier than coming again the subsequent 12 months and taking down the $1,500 no-limit maintain’em shootout for $120,000 and the $2,500 Omaha hi-lo for $119,260. He gained his sixth and remaining bracelet in 2008 within the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha for a career-best rating of $577,725.
Over the course of his greater than two-decade profession, Flack racked up greater than $5 million in dwell event earnings whereas concurrently turning into one of essentially the most well-liked gamers on the event circuit. His most up-to-date scores got here throughout final 12 months’s on-line WSOP. He cashed 9 instances along with his deepest run coming within the $800 no-limit maintain’em knockout deepstack occasion. He completed thirteenth for $5,786.
“He was universally loved in our poker world,” wrote 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth in a tweet commemorating Flack’s life. “When it came to having a quick wit, there was Layno! He would make you laugh about anything, even serious matters.”
Many of the poker world’s most distinguished figures took to social media Monday afternoon to share tales about their time on the felt with Layne and have fun his life. Flack is survived by his 26-year-old daughter Hailey.
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 20, 2021
Some time, whereas again, I staked Layne Flack. There had been 6 guidelines that he agreed to. The first evening he broke all of them. We laughed about it after which enterprise as traditional. Rest in Peace Layne. Gonna miss your infectious snicker!!
— Jennifer Harman (@REALJenHarman) July 20, 2021
RIP Layne Flack…
We go approach, approach again and I’ll cherish all of the loopy reminiscences.
Knowing Layne, I think about he would need us all to have fun his life and share some laughs concerning the good previous days. pic.twitter.com/Y80ZOxiNdM
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 20, 2021
— Eli Elezra (@elielezra1) July 20, 2021
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— Randy Ohel (@randyohel) July 20, 2021
at all times appeared to have a smile on his face each time i used to be round him. RIP
— Adam Levy (@Roothlus) July 20, 2021
back2backflack</a> was one of the most hilarious people I ever had the pleasure of playing with. Remember grinding online w/him <a href="https://twitter.com/brandoncantu?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">brandoncantu ‘s home ~15 yrs in the past, and I could not cease laughing. Played dwell with 2 wks in the past, he was the very same. Always enjoyable. RIP
— Cliff Josephy (@JohnnyBaxPoker) July 20, 2021
Sad to listen to the passing of Layne Flack. In poker, you have a tendency to satisfy two varieties of skilled gamers. Those who play solely to earn cash and don’t take pleasure in it, and those that play as a result of they love the sport and being profitable is a bonus, Layne was the latter. RIP to an awesome character
— Len Ashby (@ZENofLEN) July 20, 2021