Prior to getting into poker was a world-class backgammon player.
His first major tournament win was in 2004 at the WPT Celebrity Invitational where he made 0,000.
Laak is best known for his appearances on TV poker programs, including the Poker Royale series, appearances on seasons 2 through 5 of High Stakes Poker.
From there he went into many different jobs, including working as an engineer, a repo man, a gardener and a real estate investor.
Laak also made a decent living as a world-class backgammon player, before discovering poker in 1999.
We are now less than a week from Valentine's Day, a time to celebrate love in its myriad forms.
Moving into this season of overpriced flowers and heart-shaped candy, let's remember that the real gift is getting to watch these relationships play out like we're in our own little gossip mag. Over the years Cupid has struck his arrows into the hearts of quite a few poker players, too.