We know you probably thought a different Phil was going to be in this spot, but let’s face it – Ivey doesn’t exactly ooze personality. Phil Laak on the other hand, is one of the most affable, fun-loving, good time guys in the game today. While his mouth is constantly running, it’s never out of arrogance. His humility and respect for other players is what makes him so easy to root for and so much fun to have at the table.
Sure, “the Unibomber“is sometimes thought of Esfandiari’s “pain loving” sidekick, but Laak is a superstar all on his own. After all, it’s he who is dating the movie star, right? In the end though, it’s how genuine Laak is that makes him the player we can’t stop watching. For that, and his love of the hoodie, we are indeed thankful.