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Poker Pros React To The Sudden Passing Of Layne Flack

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.

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.”


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