This isn't a misprint, but it is a repeat. Actually, it's a three-peat for Phil Laak. He's just won his third heat at the PartyPoker Premier League IV. What makes this even more amazing is that Laak has only played in three heats, meaning he's won every single one that he's been a part of.
Laak came into the day atop the leaderboard with 32 points. He earned another 16 points for this finish and boosted his total to a whopping 48. Along with that, Laak's taken home $32,000 each time he has won and now has earned a total of $96,000. That's just $4,000 short of the buy-in for this event and he's now basically free-rolling the rest of the way.
"I feel like Isildur did before the down swing," said Laak to presenter Kara Scott after his victory. He'll do his best from here to make sure there is no down swing.
Here's how the overall standings look now.
1. Phil Laak – 48 points
2. David Benyamine - 35 points
3. Giovanni Safina - 21 points
4. JC Tran – 17 points
5. Yevgeniy Timoshenko – 16 points
6. Roland De Wolfe – 14 points
T-7.. Luke Schwartz – 12 points
T-7. Vanessa Rousso – 12 points
9. Ian Frazer – 10 points
10. Phil Hellmuth - 6 points
11. Tony G - 5 points
12.. Daniel Negreanu – 4 points
Another group of eight players return tomorrow at the same start time, 12:00 p.m. local time. We'll see you then for all the live coverage from PokerNews!
On the first hand of the level going up, David Benyamine raised to 160,000 with the . Phil Laak moved all in for 1.395 million holding two black eights. Benyamine mucked after a brief time in the tank and Laak pulled away a little bit.