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Phil Laak Wins PartyPoker World Open V

Laak Tops Pro-Filled Field of 48 to Win World Open V

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Phil LaakPhil “The Unabomber” Laak has been made champion of the PartyPoker.com World Open V after beating 47 opponents including a tough final table. The event ran from Oct. 11-15 and saw many big names and familiar faces such as Tom “Durrrr” Dwan, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, J.P. Kelly, Teddy Sheringham, Andrew Feldman, Roland De Wolfe, and Marty Smyth,

In the end it was Laak who walked away with the lion’s share of the prizepool, taking home $250,000 from the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair, London. He beat Austrian computer science student Jan Veit heads up when after crippling him with A-8 versus A-4, Laak raised with Q-9, Veit moved all in with J-7, and Laak called. Nothing came for anyone on the board and Laak’s queen-high gave him the victory.

Laak, who made a successful comeback after getting shortstacked early on in the event, said, "This was a wild roller coaster ride and I am proud to have shared it with this amazing cast of characters. They were a tough bunch. Wow – what an honor.”

The final table payouts were:

1st Phil Laak ($250,000)

2nd Jan Veit ($100,000)

3rd Luke Schwartz ($40,000)

4th Bodo Sbrzesny ($30,000)

5th Jennifer Tilly ($25,000)

6th Mike Sexton ($20,000)

7th Andy Black ($15,000)

The World Open IV champion was Marty Smyth after he beat a 72-strong field to lift the trophy and $250,000 last year.