The Poker Hall of Fame chose to induct the late Layne Flack, a six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner who passed away unexpectedly last year at the age of 52, on Sunday afternoon at the 2022 World Series of Poker.
The Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold’em event began today in the Paris Ballroom with the announcement of Flack’s selection as the 2022. The announcing team of Norman Chad and Lon McEachern, Josh Arieh, and ElkY Grospellier were part of the field of ten finalist that Flack topped.
On Saturday, public knowledge of Flack’s selection as the 2022, member of the hall of fame, began to leak. Flack becomes the 61st poker figure to be honored, and he is the first to be selected posthumously since David “Devilfish” Ulliott was similarly honored in 2017: Flack topped the voting among the 32 living members of the PHOF, Overall, Flack becomes the 61st The voting results were not immediately released.
Between 1999 and 2008 Flack earned six bracelets at the World Series of Poker. His nickname was derived from the fact that he won two bracelets in the same tournament in 2002 and 2003 and did so in consecutive years. Flack earned more than $5 million in recorded tourney results.
At today’s ceremony, Flack’s long-time friend,Tex Barch, spoke warmly of Flack. He was more like a brother to me. Through good, bad, and all his shenanigans, Layne had your back. He would stay at our house for weeks at a time. Making sure it was all about them, always entertaining them, taking them places, and making sure it was all about them. When my daughter died this past January, one thing that brought comfort to me was to know that Layne would be there to greet her, and they could laugh together in eternity.
Flack dominated tournament poker during the height of his career, which has been commented on by another of the 2022. Flack was derailed by his struggles with alcoholism. Flack had reportedly turned his life around in the months preceding his passing, but he was never able to demonstrate the form that made him a legend, for a short period, among his fellow pros. Flack was known as an outgoing and friendly player at the tables, and he was admired by many of his fellow players.
The balloting in the year 2022, represented another missed opportunity for Savage. He finished as the runner-up in both of the last two years in which voting totals were known, and he had already been named a finalist more often than any other person in poker history. After Eli Elezra rose from fifth place a year earlier to become the voters’ choice for enshrinement, the official tally was not released.