A great of the game and one of the most well-liked players on the circuit, Layne Flack has passed away aged 52.
Tributes are pouring in for six-time WSOP champion Layne Flack who was found dead yesterday aged 52. His cause of death is currently unknown.
He had the nickname ‘Back-to-Back Flack‘ after several consecutive victories, including two bracelets in 2002 followed by another two bracelets in 2003.
He won bracelets in 1999, 2002 (2), 2003 (2) and 2008 in Pot Limit Hold’em, No Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo. He had $5,081,152 in career earnings.
Flack also had a reputation as being one of the funniest and warmest members of the poker circuit. Just take a look at the tributes from some of the biggest names in poker below about what a character and Gentleman Flack was, it has a very similar feeling to the condolences that were shared after the passing of Mike Sexton.
Keep an eye on Mike Matusow’s timeline this week as he will be hosting a special memorial show for Flack, like he did for Mike Sexton, which will no doubt feature some incredible stories from the biggest names in the game:
RIP Layne Flack…
We go way, way back and I’ll cherish all the crazy memories.
Knowing Layne, I imagine he would want us all to celebrate his life and share some laughs about the good old days. pic.twitter.com/Y80ZOxiNdM
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 20, 2021
A while, while back, I staked Layne Flack. There were 6 rules that he agreed to. The first night he broke them all. We laughed about it and then business as usual. Rest in Peace Layne. Gonna miss your infectious laugh!!
— Jennifer Harman (@REALJenHarman) July 20, 2021
When faced with a slack-jawed stare as he raked in a pot, Layne Flack would answer the unspoken “how could you call” with his ear to ear tooth-grin and a tongue-in-cheek one word explanation that wouldn’t fly in the age of solvers, study groups and GTO. “Genetics.”
— Barny Boatman (@barnyboatman) July 20, 2021
Hearing that @back2backflack has passed away, Layne please respond because I am completely flattened by this news. Layne was the best in the world in the early 2000’s and it’s not close. 🥲 pic.twitter.com/Bzh6aG0sDo
— Matt Savage (@SavagePoker) July 20, 2021
RIP Layne Flack.
I remember playing a Limit o8 WSOP event with him. At the time I was trying a lot of different poker variants. I told him I was a noob and he proceeded to answer all my questions to get me excited about the game. One of the only people that took that approach 🙏 pic.twitter.com/mVF8Ke6uGz
— Lex Veldhuis (@LexVeldhuis) July 20, 2021
At the 2005 U.S. Poker Championship in Atlantic City, I walked into the Taj Mahal and saw Layne Flack, among others, wearing a ‘Fire Norman Chad’ T-shirt.
“Really?” I said to him.
He shrugged his shoulders and smiled. “It was free.” #RIPLayneFlack
— Norman Chad (@NormanChad) July 20, 2021
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
I’ll be doing a live broadcast podcast remembering his life this week!
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) July 20, 2021
— Eli Elezra (@elielezra1) July 20, 2021
To the guy who taught me about making it rain. 🥂 #layneflackrip
— Allen Cunningham (@AllenCunningham) July 20, 2021
Guy: How many @WSOP bracelets do you have?@back2backflack: Six
Guy: But they’re all from when bracelets were really easy to win, right?
Layne (not missing a beat): Correct. That’s why everyone from back then has six bracelets. #LayneFlackRIP
— Rick Fuller (@Gamblindude) July 20, 2021