On Monday night, the poker community was struck by bad news – six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Lane “Back-to-Back” Flack was found dead in his home. He was 52 years old, nothing is known about the reasons for this outcome.
Flack was born in 1969 in South Dakota and began his poker career as a gambling dealer in tiny Montana clubs. But the desire to be on the other side of the table became so strong that at 24, Lane quit his job and moved to Vegas.
In Nevada, Flack spent whole days playing, but already as a poker player, and such legends as Johnny Chen and Ted Forrest became his mentors. They saw perspective and talent in young Lane, and after unsuccessful sessions, they gladly acted as backers.
His first big win was $68,000 in a $1,500 tournament, after which Flack began competing in expensive competitions, not missing out on the World Series.
First WSOP bracelets and nickname
In May 1999, Lane won his first gold bracelet in $3,000 Limit Hold’em – a profit of $244,000. In August, he was able to get another one at 7 Card Stud. And the very next day, Lane became the winner of the third tournament of his career, this time again in limit hold’em.
During 2002 and 2003, Flack managed to win two more bracelets, which is why he was given the nickname “Back-to-Back”. Lane earned his last title in 2008 in PLO, earning him the biggest profit in his career – $577,725.
The American poker pro has successfully played not only offline, but also online – at the last WSOP Online, he finished in prizes nine times.
The poker community is grieving
A lot of old-school players reacted to the news – almost everyone knew Lane personally and often competed with him at the tables. Phil Hellmuth expressed his condolences. Daniel Negreanu also reacted, writing that he would remember all the crazy moments with Lane. WPT director Matt Savage tweeted that he considers Lane Flack one of the best players of the 2000s. Another old school spokesperson, Mike Matusow, will host a live podcast dedicated to the memory of Lane Flack.