Articles by: Phil Laak

Propel Forward

Phil Laak | May 15, 2014

Mastery, success and the near win The World Series of Poker is upon us once again. With 45 days and 65 events ahead of us it is best to be in the right frame of mind. And to that end I am going to offer some musings with regards to success, mastery and the near [...]

Being Phil Laak … Goggle man

Phil Laak | April 15, 2014

The mother ship is calling The Hard Rock Poker Show Down. Top notch event. Awesome guarantees. This time they made it for 5 million dollars. What happens next is logical enough. An army of poker hopefuls fly in. They take their places and then…. Well then the carnage unfolds. Three “day ones” AND re-entrys available [...]

Poker Underground…

Phil Laak | March 15, 2014

The proverbial “home game”.  If you have played poker then there is a good chance this term has some connection for you. It could have been expressed by any number of possible parlor games. Rummy, Tripoli, Stud, or whatever card game for that matter. Poker.  Yes, poker.  The greatest of all the parlor games.   Games [...]

The Devil’s Pudding is Delicious

Phil Laak | February 15, 2014

SDIC.  Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions.  This is a term that comes up when math guys speak about chaos theory.  But it happens to weave its way into all sorts of things.  Specifically the plo game I played in last week. It was at the Commerce Casino.  I was in the ‘main game’ and we [...]

Poker Gods and Pillow Talk

Phil Laak | January 15, 2014

Phil gets to some of the finer things In about two hours’ time, I will be landing in Fort Lauderdale. Then Jennifer and I will catch a flight on Bahamas Air, to …. you guessed it, the Bahamas. It has been a few years since we last went to the Atlantis at PCA. We are [...]

Welcome to the jungle

Phil Laak | December 15, 2013

Prop betting in Montreal A lot has happened in the last month … poker-wise and prop betting-wise … Let me bring you up to date. A lot of it went down at the Playground Poker Room. This last November they hosted two key poker events. (Premier League and a WPT event.) What a blast. Playground [...]

When Winning Feels Dirty

Phil Laak | November 15, 2013

Sometimes beating the hustle isn’t worth the hassle A long, long time ago I walked into a place called Golden Gate Billiards in San Francisco. (I think it was called that … and then I think it changed its name to Hollywood Billiards.) Anyway, it was on Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin district of [...]