Layne Flack, a popular poker pro, passed away Monday in his sleep. Flack first became known as part of the poker scene in the 1990’s, and by the early 2000’s he was well known and regarded as one of the top players of his time. His personality and high-level victories have even been credited with helping to bring poker to the public eye and helping to spread its fame as a sport.
Layne Flack, perhaps better known by his nickname “Back-to-Back Flack” originally came from South Dakota, but his family moved to Montana while he was still a child. In Montana, Flack began his career working at small card clubs before he started playing poker professionally in Las Vegas. There, he learned under poker pros, including Johnny Chan and Ted Forrest. Flack’s first really notable accomplishment in poker occurred in 1997 when he won the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, earning almost $68,000. In 1998, he won again and earned about $65,000. Not long after this, Flack won $133,000 after taking second place in the WSOP $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. These early victories all occurring in rapid series is how he earned the nickname “Back-To-Back Flack”.
A year after this, Flack earned his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and took the top prize of $224,400 in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em. In 2002, Flack won two more bracelets. He won one bracelet in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em. He won the second of his bracelets in 2002 in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. After this, he would go on to win the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split title as well as the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout.
Despite Flack’s numerous victories at the table, he rarely traveled, instead preferring to play virtually solely in Vegas. During the last decade, he rarely strayed from WSOP events. Since 2011 Flack has managed four final tables and 37 total cashes. He did not let even the pandemic stop him and instead switched to playing online, managing nine more cashes during the 2020 WSOP Online Bracelet Events.
Flack possessed a very impressive career in poker, winning a total of six gold bracelets and over $5 million in live tournament earnings. He was also a very well-liked player and will definitely be missed on the circuit. Many well-known players, including poker legend Phil Helmuth, have taken to social media to mourn the lost poker pro. According to Helmuth, fellow poker player Mike Matusow is even planning a live podcast in commemoration of Flack.