Layne Flack goes global

Layne Flack
Poker star Layne Flack says the future of poker is in Europe.

It appears American poker superstar Layne Flack is headed across the pond.

"I believe that poker has a great future in Europe and I would love to be a part of it," Flack said after signing on with Scandinavian-based poker agency Poker Icons this week.

Flack, who owns six World Series of Poker bracelets, was nicknamed "Back 2 Back Flack" after winning two consecutive events at the 2002 WSOP and again at the 2003 WSOP.

His last bracelet win came in 2008, although Flack managed an eighth place finish in the $2,500 2-7 Lowball and a seventh in the $2,500 Mixed Event this summer.

The 40-year-old star started in poker in the early 90s running games throughout the state of Montana and has gone on to amass more than $4 million in career earnings through 14 major titles and 70 cashes.

His time in the public eye hasn't been all roses, however.

Flack had to skip the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Championship this year because he spent the night in a Las Vegas jail charged with DUI Liquor, speeding and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

He later claimed innocence.

Flack has also sought treatment for substance abuse in the past, but in an interview with PokerListings after winning his sixth WSOP bracelet in 2008, he claimed to have left those problems behind him.

Poker Icons CEO Lars Kollind says while restrictions on Internet gambling have had a negative effect on American poker, the game is still growing in Europe and Flack is making the right move.

"There is good action in Europe, and good poker players look for the best action," he said.

"In Europe a well-merited player like Layne is looked upon as a big star, newsworthy and with a great potential for a sponsorship."

Poker Icons represents some of the biggest names in European poker, including Annette Obrestad, Jesper Hougaard, Arnaud Mattern, and Soren Kongsgaard, in addition to a growing roster of top American players that includes Kathy Liebert and 2006 WSOP Main Event champ Jamie Gold.

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