Layne Flack aka ‘Back-to-Back’ is a six-time World Series Of Poker (WSOP) champion. He is one of the early faces from the 2000s, the time when poker experienced a boom. This player who was a household name in the early 2000s was considered to be one of the best grinders of his time. Looking back, what do you think gave rise to a player like him? Flack wasn’t new to card games since his family made him familiar with Pinochle in his younger days. Later, Flack graduated and began working as a dealer at a casino. While Flack wanted to pursue a degree in business management, destiny had other plans.
While working as a dealer, the training and observation helped Flack understand the game’s dynamics even better. While grinding in Montana, he got introduced to big-time poker players. Huck Seed is one of the players who encouraged this Rapid City poker player. Within six months of this, Flack moved to Las Vegas and had also nailed the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event of the Hall of Fame Poker Classic in August 1997. Through the years that Flack played, he was under the mentorship of several well-known grinders, like Johnny Chan, Ted Forrest among others.
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Flack nailed his first WSOP bracelet in the year 1999 and since then he was unstoppable. The first WSOP bracelet he took home was in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em which helped him pocket $224,400. After taking home his first bracelet in May 1999, he crushed two more events in August the same year. The next two bracelets he took home were in 2002 which were $1,500 and $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em events. In 2003, Flack took home two more bracelets in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split and $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout events. This is when Flack got the nickname, ‘Back-to-Back.’
Flack’s WSOP success is an inspiration, other marquee events he crushed were the $500,000 when he was up against Eric Brenes in 2004 WPT Aruba, $186,900 for finishing second to Howard Lederer In the 2002 WPT Poker Finals, and cashing $225,190 in the 2016 WinStar River Poker Series Main Event.
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Here’s a 2019 interview of Flack where he shares about the intense WSOP grinds, his passion for singing, and some excerpts from his time:
While he is no more, his game is still spoken about. Over two decades, Flack cashed more than $5 million in live tournament earnings and became one of the most well-known players in the tournament circuit. Legends from the industry mourned the loss of this iconic player when he passed away in July 2021. We take this as an opportunity to celebrate Flack’s life, legacy and his impeccable game.
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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