Dating a poker player
He has made two other WPT final tables since: sixth place in both the season two Battle of Champions and the 2005 Five Diamond World Poker Classic.At the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Laak finished second to Johnny Chan in the ,500 pot limit hold 'em event.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. His first major tournament victory was at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Celebrity Invitational in February 2004.Laak appeared on seasons two through seven of High Stakes Poker on GSN, and served as the dealer on the short-lived television series E! Laak was a winner of NBC's Poker After Dark, earning the weekly prize of 0,000.
At the 2007 conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in Vancouver, British Columbia, Laak and fellow professional player Ali Eslami competed against, and beat, Polaris, a poker playing computer program developed at the University of Alberta, in two of the four rounds with the remaining rounds being a loss and a draw.In 2008, Laak made a cameo appearance in the Knight Rider television movie, where he was credited as "Poker Pro".