Editor’s Note: Layne Flack passed away on Monday and Phil Hellmuth reached out to USPoker to share his thoughts on his longtime friend.
My old friend Layne flack was six times World Series of Poker bracelet winner and one of the biggest and best personalities in the world of poker.
He was universally loved in our poker world, and one of the reasons was: if he felt you were mad at him, or if he heard you say something bad about him, then he was coming straight to you. He found you, walked up to you and talked to you mano to mano.
None of that passive aggressive BS with Layno! If you were mad at him it didn’t last long as he would charm you and find out any issues quickly. I have always respected that Layno did his best to maintain a good relationship with everyone.
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When it came to having a sharp mind, there was Layno! He would make you laugh at everything, even serious things. He was lightning fast and so much fun to be around! A friend of mine told me that the back-and-forth between him and Layno is still as sharp as they’ve faced each other over the past few weeks.
Layne, Ted Forrest and I spent a lot of time together at the time, including a trip to Baden, Austria, in October 2000 to participate in the Seven Card Stud “Poker EM” tournament, followed by a stop in Paris. for another tournament.
Layne could own a room and quickly became friends with everyone we met.
I have lost a friend and the poker world has lost a friend: RIP Layne Flack. @themouthmatusow will be doing a LIVE show in remembrance of Layne. Sean Chaffin to publish an article on the legendary — 6 times @WSOP win-w tributes from some of us. Mikey, Matt Savage and I in 3-way with tears in my eyes pic.twitter.com/CAn1D3x0Kl
– phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 20, 2021
Skills at the poker table
Layne poker game was even sharper than his incredibly sharp mind! He was ranked world number two in No Limit Hold’em tournaments when the first rankings were released in the late 1990s in Poker world magazine.
I said at the time that Layne was my toughest opponent. It was impossible to bluff! I remember one WSOP tournament where he and I were chip leaders with 17 left. He placed the fourth bet with just an eight on one 9-9-8 Advice. Risk all your stack with just an 8!
Of course, I was bluffing, but he knew it somehow. Then after moving into a mountain of chips, he proudly showed it to me.
I remember thinking, “If you try to bluff this guy again, then you’re an idiot.”
It was intrepid! This brilliant game of Layne’s poker led to six WSOP bracelets.