Layne Black is a professional poker player from the United States of America who currently resides in the Montana region of Las Vegas. He was born on the 18th of May in 1969 in Rapid City of South Dakota. He was very enthusiastic about gambling, particularly poker from a very young age when he first saw a few of his friends playing it at a party. He quickly picked up on how to play game and very soon became better than those from whom he had learnt how to play and decided to enter the world of professional poker, after giving up his studies.
But he was devastated after a very humiliating loss that he suffered almost immediately as his career began and even contemplated giving up playing the game. It was then that he met Johnny Chan, who is by far one of the greatest poker players to have ever played the game and this encounter completely changed his thinking about the game. Chan improved his game hand quite a lot and this instilled a lot of confidence in the young Black. He also mentored him psychologically, and ensured that he had plenty of rest, both physical and mental before he played in an event. Another great of the game, Huck Seed also tutored and mentored him during his troubled times.
Since then, there was no looking back for this brilliant young player and till date, his earnings from tournaments exceed well over $ 4 million. All in all, he has cashed in 23 times, something which amounts to almost 70% of his total tournament earnings. He has also won 6 bracelets on the World Series of Poker and the highest ITM main event finish that he has been able to achieve was 194th in the 2005 calendar year. The 6 World Series of Poker bracelets won by Layne Black and the events he won them in are listed as follows:
1999 in the Pot Limit Hold’ em event, where he started with $ 3,000,
2002 in the No Limit Hold ‘em event in which he won in the $ 2,000 and $ 1,500 category,
2003 in the Omaha Hi-Lo Split in the $ 2,500 category,
2003 in the Limit Hold ‘em Shootout in the $ 1,500 category,
2008 in the Pot Limit Omaha event in the $ 1,500 category.
Layne Black is surely destined for greatness and like he was mentored by the greats, he also tutors many promising youngsters on how to play the game.