Layne Flack is the 61st Member of the Poker Hall of Fame
The council of the 32 living Hall of Fame members has made their decision. They have added the late American poker pro Layne Flack to their ranks.
11 people were among the nominees who they could choose from. Those nominated but not picked this year included such greats as Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Mike Matusow, Michael Mizrachi, and Brian Rast.
Latest inductee Layne Flack was born on May 18, 1969 in Rapid City, South Dakota. He sadly passed away from a drug overdose at age 52 on July 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thus, he is one of the players who got inducted posthumously, just like the likes of Nick “the Greek” Dandolos, Benny Binion, Stu Ungar, and even the 18th Century British writer who was specializing in the rules of different card games, Edmond Hoyle.
Last year, businessman and poker player Eli Elezra from Israel got to be inducted. He recently won his 5th WSOP gold bracelet in the $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo 8-or-Better event.
“Back-to-Back” Flack’s Illustrious Career on the Felt
Flack has won 6 WSOP gold bracelets during his career, even more than Elezra. He is among the 9 players who have won exactly 6, and one of the just 17 players who have won 6 or more in WSOP history.
He learnt to play poker from his grandparents. As a young adult, he got a job in the casino industry, but quit to pursue making a living as a poker player. At the start of his career, he was mentored by none other than the last back-to-back WSOP Main Event winner, Johnny Chan.
Speaking of back-to-back victories, Layne Flack’s nickname, “Back-to-Back” Flack comes from the time when in 1999, he won two tournaments in 2 days at the Legends of Poker series at the famous Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California.
He won his first World Series of Poker title in the same year, 1999, in the $3,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event for $224,400. As we wrote above, 5 more followed. The latest one is from 2008, when he took down the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys event for $577,725. Impressively, he won two bracelets in one year in 2002 and in 2003 as well.
He also has one money finish from the WSOP Main Event. In 2005, he finished 194th out of 5,619 players and earned $39,075 for that performance.
Overall, Flack cashed for $5.081 million in live tournaments during his lifetime. His biggest score is the one he got for his latest WSOP victory. In addition, in September 2004, he came in second in the $6,200 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2004 Ultimatebet.com Poker Classic in Aruba for $500,000.
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