Phil Laak OK After Major ATV Accident

August 9, 2010

Phil “The Unibomber” Laak, pro poker player, was involved in an unfortunate ATV accident last week and as a result was hospitalized. Laak and fellow poker players, David Wells, Brian Rast, Antonio Esfandiari, and Alec Torelli, along with other friends, were on their way to a camping trip in Oregon when Laak lost control of his ATV. Though the injuries are minor, they included lacerations to his right eye and broken bones.

Esfandiari, who was with Laak in the hospital, told sources, “We were following Dave and Tony on the ATVs and we were keeping up very well. We went over a sand dune, but there was a drop hidden behind it. It could have happened to either of us, honestly. Phil tried to jump off in mid-air, but he ended up landing on his bike. His elbow is broken and his wrist is all jacked up. His eye is also really messed up. Had it been one millimeter off, he’d probably be blind.”

Despite the upset though, Laak still found time to update his Twitter page @ RealPhilLaak. On August 5th: “Atv accident, massive arm injury and lacerations to eye in oregon. Life is good.” Then later that evening, he posted, “Stitches forthcoming. Could have been worse I’m lucky to be in one piece.”

Laak still remains in good spirits. Esfandiari says “he is handling it all very well.” He went on to explain that Laak “was even cracking jokes with the police and paramedics who were on the scene. He wants to fly home tonight [Friday], but they aren’t sure if they will let him. We might have to drive.”

According to his Twitter page @ RealPhilLaak, he did make it home and is now in the arms of his girlfriend Jennifer Tilly. His last post on August 7th read: “Jennifer is the best. Cuddling w her is better for the pain then even my perkocet pain medicine.”

He posted this pic on Twitter:

phil laak


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