Professional poker player Phil Laak is known for his endurance at the online poker tables; he can play for long hours at a stretch, but he shocked the entire poker gaming community when he lost a hand worth €60,000 at the Party Poker Big Game, which is a televised event that runs for 48 hours. However, he later emerged victorious, having won €160,100.
The Party Poker Big Game IV was played at Montensino Casino, Vienna, between April 11 and April 13. Phil Laak not only turned out to be the biggest winner in spite of his initial goof up, but was also the only player who remained at the table for all the 48 hours.
The mega cash game, which commenced at 18:01 CET last Wednesday, had a minimum buy-in and a maximum buy-in of €5,000 and €20,000, respectively, along with an optional straddle of €100 and a blind limit of €25/€50.
Phil Laak was with the big game from the moment it commenced, but spectators observed that Laak seemed a bit tired and drowsy when he was playing for the pot against Andrew Mosley, who bet all-in, making Laak lost the €63,750 pot. The muck up clearly delivers a lesson to online poker players that if they want to play poker for a long time, they have to ensure that they remain sharp and alert throughout; otherwise, they must get ready to lose a large sum of money.
At the end, the top three players of the Party Poker Big Game turned out to be Phil Laak, Andy Mosely, and J. P. Kelly.
While the biggest loser of the game ultimately turned out to be the best of the player field, Dan “Jungleman” Cates lost around €83,250, Mike Sexton lost €40,425, and Sorel Mizzi lost €30,000 when the big game finally drew to a close.
A total of 32 players participated in the Party Poker Big Game, which was its fourth edition. Only three participating players went broke and quit the game while viewers voted two players, including Ignat Liviu, off the table. Before being removed, however, Ignat had made a profit of €33,075 at the table.
Phil “The Unabomber” Laak is known to be slightly eccentric and fond of the limelight. He earned the name of “Unabomber” when he turned up for a poker tournament wearing dark sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt because he did not want anyone to know that he had been drinking the previous night. At present, he hosts E! Hollywood Hold’em and lives in California.