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Poker Pro Phil Laak Hospitalized After ATV Accident

Antonio Esfandiari States That Laak Broke Seven Bones

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Phil LaakProfessional poker player Phil Laak was hospitalized on Thursday after an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) accident.

Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast, Alec Torelli, David Wells, and three others (named Lee, Tony and Dave) all geared up for a camping trip in Oregon, according to Esfandiari.

The details are unclear, but it appears that Laak lost control of his ATV, sustaining major injuries including broken bones and lacerations to his right eye.

Card Player spoke to Esfandiari, who was bedside with Laak in the hospital, on Friday about his current condition.

“We were following Dave and Tony on the ATVs and we were keeping up very well,” explained Esfandiari. “We went over a sand dune, but there was a drop hidden behind it. It could have happened to either of us, honestly. Phil tried to jump off in mid-air, but he ended up landing on his bike. His elbow is broken and his wrist is all jacked up. His eye is also really messed up. Had it been one millimeter off, he’d probably be blind.”

Despite the horrific accident, Laak is apparently in good spirits. “He is handling it all very well,” said Esfandiari. “He was even cracking jokes with the police and paramedics who were on the scene. He wants to fly home tonight [Friday], but they aren’t sure if they will let him. We might have to drive.”

Laak’s Twitter page chronicled the following.

“In Victoria, 23 min flt to Vancouver where I will catch a flt to Oregon for rafting trip w the boys.”

“Hmmmm…. My crew. Going rafting…”

“Atv accident, massive arm injury and lacerations to eye in oregon. Life is good”

“Stitches forthcoming. Could have been worse I’m lucky to be in one piece”

Everyone at Card Player would like to wish Phil the best of luck with a speedy recovery.

Photo courtesy of Phil Laak

 
 
 
 

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L2K4FC
over 8 years ago

Best speed on recovery Phil...you're spirit is inspiring.

 
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slyeyetommy
over 8 years ago

tilly will play with his willy and all will be fine... best wishes ...

 
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VoiceOfReason
over 8 years ago

I hope for the sake of the doctor and the nurse that his jawbone is one of the broken bones .....

 
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LoProPoker
over 8 years ago

Hope you recover soon Phil sucks seeing you like that best wishes and best of luck

 
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Mentorred
over 8 years ago

Wishing Phil Laak a full and speedy recovery.

 
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rgreco500@yahoo.com
over 8 years ago

how much did this cost medicaid broken jawbone wouldnt stop his talking hurry back to the cash games as the buys want u back bad jennifer can afford it on exs paul simons bucks

 
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tuffstuff
over 8 years ago

Phil, get well soon. in several weeks you'll be fine. btw poker is less dangerous.
Rich

 
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Diplomat
over 8 years ago

your the man phil get well soon.

 
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x19
over 8 years ago

hey Phil....lol, laugh it off...it makes you tougher, i've had much worse happen to me many times and i'm still in one piece and in good shape. These are wounds and experience that set you apart from others. These things happen to those who dont sit around on the couch all day. Its great that you put that bleeding eye pic up, it looks great. I've got so many scars and njuries from life happenings like this and it would take some time to reflect on them all and i value them all for what they were and are, the trick is to retain your outward appearance if possible and move on. When your age moves up these times will be great fodder for coversation and the "remember when" times come up. You'll be just fine and will look the same after all is healed ad done. Oh yeah, the ladies love this kinda stuff too. Its how you mentally accept and deal with injuries that make the difference. Hang in there bro.

 
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saucyxx
over 8 years ago

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, all the best for a speedy recovery Phil and TRY not to put your woman through too much :D. All the best from Scotland UK. We all think your one crazy , funny and lovable guy. XXX

 
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pokerpro1078
over 8 years ago

gl phil hope you feel better (:

 
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NorthHollywdPro
over 8 years ago

Phil,

Get well soon. Talk to you later.

NHPro

 
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Shinto_Pavlowski
over 8 years ago

it was Lee, Tony & Dave faults .. if they had last names these things wouldn't happen

 
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Shinto_Pavlowski
over 8 years ago

why the f--k do my comments keep dissapearing

 
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WPS22
over 8 years ago

Shinto- Your comments keep disappearing (noticed i spelled it correctly) because you are a homophobic moron.

 
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VancouverBen
almost 8 years ago

Sand lake is brutal i got partial numbness fron riding there

 
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