Poker Pro Layne Flack Dead

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A popular poker pro covered prominently by Gambling911.com's own Thomas Somach has passed away.  Layne Flack was a six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and just 52 years old at the time of his passing.


Reports of his untimely passing surfaced late Monday courtesy of the Las Vegas Review Journal. Details of his death were not immediately available.

"This is very sad news, Lane was so young," Somach said Tuesday evening.

"At 24, he and his girlfriend moved to Reno, Nevada and by 1995, when his daughter Hailey was born, Layne was a full-time professional poker player," Al Moe previously wrote in this PokerNews profile.  He was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and resided for a good portion of his life in Montana.

He got the nickname "Back to Back Flack" after winning two consecutive Legends of Poker events in August 1999.  He had 43 cashes at WSOP events that accounted for $2,740,892 of his live tournament winnings, which totalled $4,300,000.

Poker pros across the globe expressed their well wishes via Twitter.  He was truly beloved by many in the poker community.

RIP Layne Flack… We go way, way back and I’ll cherish all the crazy memories. Knowing Layne, I imagine he would want us all to celebrate his life and share some laughs about the good old days.

- Chris Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

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