Six-time WSOP bracelet winner Layne Flack passes away
By Bob Garcia
The 52-year-old poker fixture died in his sleep earlier this week
Although lately, the poker community has been extremely happy to see how the events have returned to normal and witness great action in the most prestigious casinos in the country, news has arrived that is not at all good and may sadden some. Layne Flack, who, during his heyday, was a great poker player, was found dead at his residence earlier this week at the age of 52. According to Mike Matusow via his Twitter account, the six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner passed away in his sleep and it is not yet known exactly what the cause was. It’s a death that, in some ways, may not be so agonizing, but still comes with great pain for all his family and loved ones.
Although Flack began to immerse himself in the poker world in the late 1990s, it was not until a few years later that his name began to be known throughout the space. In fact, he was considered one of the best players of his time, which makes sense, seeing as he achieved a considerable amount of important titles in different events. Before he started his journey to Las Vegas to play professionally, the South Dakota native used to work in small card clubs, probably where he became fonder of this type of game.
Between the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Flack had undoubtedly made some great achievements that would take him to the top of the poker world. In 1998, for example, he won a winnings ring for nearly $65,000 before earning his first six-figure score a few months later by taking second place in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the WSOP for $133,000.
It was a few years after that when his WSOP bracelets began to roll in, some of them even back-to-back in 2002 and 2003. As the sad news was announced, many professionals and prominent figures in this universe decided to share their condolences and stories they had in common, including Phil Hellmuth, who said, “He was universally loved in our poker world.”