WSOP Europe 2010 Bracelet Winner Phil Laak

Phil Laak has just taken down Event#1 of the WSOP Europe 2010, after defeating a field of  243-player over three days at the £2,500 Six-Handed NLHE event, to win his first ever WSOP bracelet and the £170,802 ($263,494) first place prize.
Phil Laak has been on a bit of a roll since the start of September, and with his latest victory has now already earned $339,924 for this month alone. Commenting on his incredible victory, and alluding to the one WSOP bracelet best pal Antonio Esfandiari won in 2004, Laak said:
“It’s super sweet. It’s Jennifer’s birthday today, so jubilation levels are at an all time high and there’s nothing like putting a little tilt on Antonio, this should tilt him a little because we are very competitive.”
Going into the final table, Phil Laak was lying third in chips behind Andrew Pantling and Swedish pro Chris Bjorin, and by the time the smaller stacks were eliminated, it was Bjorin who was then the short stack at the table.
However, Bjorin was hoping for a quick double-up to get him back into the game when he woke up with pocket Q’s only to run into Laak’s Kings.
“I got really lucky with kings versus queens against Chris,” Phil Laak commented. “If the big stack takes out the little stack, then I’m stuck with more of a middling stack. It would have been weighted like seventy-thirty and instead it was like fifty-fifty.”
Two handed, the defining hand of heads-up play came after Laak was only slightly behind on chips and was dealt 6h-7h to Pantling 6s-8c. With the board falling 10c-7c-6c-Ks, all the chips went to the centre of the table and with no help on the river Laak had left his opponent badly low on chips.
Soon after, Pantling pushed pre-flop with Ah-9h and was called by Laak’s K-5o. With the board running out 7-7-4-5-Q, it was all over and Pantling walked away with the runner-up prize, while Laak took the WSOP bracelet and the £170,802 first place prize.
Commenting Laak has now won aver $2.3 million in live tournament cashes and commenting on his win said:
“The glory is not all that important to me, all though I love glory, don’t get me wrong, I’m hungry for that, but I want the money more. I converted it on X/E and it’s like 267,000 American Dollars. Minus tip, minus entry fee; it’s still north of 260 – It’s huge.”

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