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He is famous for his disguised appearance in the World Series of Poker which was held in the year 2008.

He has also competed in numerous Poker Royale series.

Laak appeared on seasons two through seven of High Stakes Poker on GSN, and served as the dealer on the short-lived television series E! Laak was a winner of NBC's Poker After Dark, earning the weekly prize of $120,000.

He has been dating fellow poker player and actress from Canada Jennifer Tilly who a bracelet in World Series of Poker.

Phil has been known for creating or rather coining terms related to poker like felted, POW, upstuck, Cherry Bomb etc.

At the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Laak finished second to Johnny Chan in the $2,500 pot limit hold 'em event.

Laak defeated Ram Vaswani to win the inaugural William Hill Poker Grand Prix, taking home the £150,000 first prize.

He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in varying jobs prior to getting into open poker games in California.

He is a former roommate of fellow professional poker player Antonio Esfandiari.

He again won 0,000 in the Nicknames episode, defeating Annette Obrestad, Mike Matusow, Antonio Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren and Phil Hellmuth.

At the 2007 conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in Vancouver, British Columbia, Laak and fellow professional player Ali Eslami competed against, and beat, Polaris, a poker playing computer program developed at the University of Alberta, in two of the four rounds with the remaining rounds being a loss and a draw.

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