Poker news | Jul 20, 2021
Six-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Layne "Back-to-Back" Flack Passes Away Aged 52
By RTR Dennis
Six-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Layne "Back-to-Back" Flack Passes Away at 52
On Monday night, word spread throughout the poker world that six-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Layne Flack, 52, was found dead at his home. A cause of death is not known at this time.
Born May 18, 1969, Flack hailed from Rapid City, South Dakota before working as a poker dealer in small card clubs in Montana. Eventually, he found his way to Nevada and learned under poker greats like Johnny Chan and Ted Forrest.
Becoming "Back-to-Back" Flack
In May 1999, Flack won his first gold bracelet in the WSOP $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em netting himself $224,400. In August of the same year, he won the Legends of Poker $330 7-Card Stud tournament winning $15,600 and just the following day took down the $330 Limit Hold’em Shootout for $19,320. The back-to-back victories earned him the nickname “Back-to-Back” Flack, which he would go on to cement into history when he won two gold bracelets in both 2002 and 2003.
According to The Hendon Mob, Flack had just over $5 million in lifetime earnings dating back to 1994 including a career-best $577,725 for his last bracelet victory, which came at the 2008 WSOP in Event #34: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha.
Other highlights on his poker résumé include $500,000 for finishing runner-up to Eric Brenes in the 2004 WPT Aruba, $225,190 for placing fourth in the 2016 WinStar River Poker Series Main Event, and $186,900 for finishing second to Howard Lederer in the 2002 WPT World Poker Finals.
Flack’s last reported tournament prize came last summer when he finished in the money nine times during the 2020 WSOP Online bracelet events.
Flack’s WSOP Bracelets
|1999||Event #12: $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em||$224,000|
|2002||Event #4: $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em||$303,880|
|2002||Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em||$268,020|
|2003||Event #18: $2,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo||$119,260|
|2003||Event #25: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout||$120,000|
|2008||Event #34: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha||$577,725|
Reactions from Poker Community
Immediately, reactions came in from the Poker community. Many of the greats of Poker were shocked and saddened when the news broke, with many going to social media to share their thoughts and memories of the great Layne Flack.
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
I’m so gutted as I just got news @back2backflack past away in his sleep last night! I talked with him 2 hrs in phone a week ago and he was telling me how he had turned his life around! #riplayneflack— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) July 20, 2021
I’ll be doing a live broadcast podcast remembering his life this week!
Sad news today. My buddy Layne Flack has passed away. I’m sad. Just spent those days in Vegas with him and stayed at his house. Golfed. Poker. Hung out. Talked for hours. Loved on his dogs Bree and Piper. I’m thankful for the last quality time I had with him. pic.twitter.com/MzwNqnwudB— Patrick B. O'Malley (@PBOCOP) July 20, 2021
Just gutted about @back2backflack. We were so close in the early 2000s. He was the best NL holdem player in the world back then and just had a brilliant poker mind. I will miss him making me laugh and all the trouble we got into and out of. RIP Layno.— ♣️♦️Chip Jett♥️♠️🎾🏌🏼♂️🍣 (@chipjett) July 20, 2021