Monday, 20 September 2010
After finally losing the tag of “one of the best players without a WSOP bracelet” and breaking the World Record for the longest unbroken session of poker, Phil Laak has set himself a new challenge.
The Unabomber's recent Ozzy Osbourne-esque quad bike accident seems to have given him a more philosophical view of life. Speaking after his WSOPE six-max win Laak said, “Whenever you win, it feels like a perfect storm. You feel like you have a guardian angel protecting you. Like during my (fractured arm) accident. The statistics going in from the moment when I was flying through the air going towards the ground were weighed against me. I finished in like the top five percent when I landed. It was really bad but could have been much worse. It was high speed. I could have smashed my head. I could have been paralyzed or blind or worse. But all I got was the broken arm and some bruises. Sometimes, you just run good.” And his next challenge? “I am planning to learn to play the piano. Before my accident, I did not realize how little I was utilizing my two good arms. When this (broken) arm comes back, I’m going to buy a portable electric keyboard and am going to learn how to play the blues on the piano. Every time I hear the blues on the piano, I say – ‘Man, I wish I could do that!’ There’s nothing that is stopping me from doing that, except like five years of practice. That’s the thing I want to do next, which is learn and study piano.” We expect to hear him accompanying crooner extraordinaire Marcel Luske sometime in the future.Keep up to date with all the news from the poker world by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
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