Philip Phil C. Laak is an IrishAmerican professional poker player and a poker commentator, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Laak holds a World Poker Tour title, a World Series of Poker bracelet and has appeared on numerous nationally aired television shows.
Laak was born in Dublin, Ireland, raised on the East Coast of the United States, and now lives in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. 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. Prior to his move west, Laak lived for several years in New York City where he honed his skills as a backgammon player before turning his focus to poker.