The poker world has lost another great. Layne Flack, the winner of six WSOP bracelets and one of the most recognizable and biggest personalities in poker during the post-Moneymaker boom, passed away on Monday in his sleep. He was just 52 years of age.
A poker legend
Over the course of Flack’s three-decade poker career, he amassed $5 million in live tournament winnings including six WSOP bracelets. His first win came during the 1999 $3,000 Pot Limit Hold’em. In 2002 and 2003 he won two bracelets each year, winning the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em in 2002 and the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split and the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout in 2003. In 2008, Flack won the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys for the largest score of his career, $577,725.
In total, Flack amassed 43 cashes at the World Series of Poker, accounting for $2,740,892 of his lifetime tournament winnings.
Flack acquired his famous “Back to Back” nickname after winning tournaments on two consecutive days during the 1999 Legends of Poker in Los Angelos.
Many are noting the similarities between Flack’s passing and that of Gavin Smith, another life-sized poker personality and friend of Flack, who also passed away at the early age of 50. In April, Flack tweeted he was sad that he wouldn’t see his dear friend this fall in Las Vegas for the 2021 WSOP.
I came across this video and it got to me. WSOP will be at the end of September this year and sad enough Ol G Smith won’t be there. Miss ya pal pic.twitter.com/Vouja3Dl7W
— layne flack (@back2backflack) April 4, 2021
Poker players pay respects to Layne “Back to Back” Flack
The death of Layne Flack has led to an outpouring of tributes since the news broke yesterday, as players remembered Flack for his smile, stories and larger-than-life-personality. Phil Hellmuth called Flack “one of the biggest and best personalities in the poker world.” Jennifer Harmon tweeted that there was “never one time that hasn’t put a smile on my face.”
I’m completely devastated and saddened by this loss… loved loved loved Layne Flack …always a smile and a laugh …my deepest condolences to the family… rest in peace champ https://t.co/7DBupSTe4X
— Vince Van Patten (@VinceVanP_WPT) July 20, 2021
I lost a friend and poker world lost a friend: RIP Layne Flack. @themouthmatusow will do a LIVE show remembering Layne. Sean Chaffin will have an article out about the legendary—6-time @WSOP winner—w tributes from some of us. Mikey, Matt Savage and I on 3-way w tears in our eyes pic.twitter.com/CAn1D3x0Kl
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 20, 2021
RIP Layne Flack…
We go way, way back and I’ll cherish all the crazy memories.
Knowing Layne, I imagine he would want us all to celebrate his life and share some laughs about the good old days. pic.twitter.com/Y80ZOxiNdM
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 20, 2021
Layne Flack @back2backflack was one of the most hilarious people I ever had the pleasure of playing with. Remember grinding online w/him @brandoncantu 's house ~15 yrs ago, and I couldn't stop laughing. Played live with 2 wks ago, he was the exact same. Always fun. RIP
— Cliff Josephy (@JohnnyBaxPoker) July 20, 2021
Poker has lost a legend!
RIP Layne Flack. We go way back and I know that he would want us to share the laughs and not the tears. There has never been one time that you haven't put a smile on my face. I will miss you.
— Jennifer Harman (@REALJenHarman) July 20, 2021
I feel gutted right now over the news of the death of Layne Flack. Easily the funniest guy I've known. He was my poker hero when I started out and eventually a good friend. But I never stopped looking up to him. I loved that guy and I'm really going to miss him. RIP bro. #poker pic.twitter.com/OMbK1IBx3i
— dutch.eth, esq. 🌹🏳️🌈🌻⚖️ (@DutchBoyd) July 20, 2021