In June last year, poker pro Phil Laak made poker history by setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest marathon poker session. Laak played 115 hours of poker at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and shattered the previous record of 78 hours set by Paul Zimbler. Now poker history is gearing up for a new attempt on the record. On November 22-27, 2011, it’s going to be challenged at the India Poker Legend Marathon Cash Games Session organised by the The Shark and held at Casino Royale in Goa, India.
Five players have already confirmed their participation with four more slots available for players up for the grinding and sleepless challenge. According to The Shark press release, anyone is welcome to participate in this event but space is limited to nine players so it is best to contact the organiser immediately to secure a seat. The last man standing – or, more likely, sitting – after 115 hours will go down in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Participants will get a five minute rest for every hour that they play. They can also accumulate this time and use it all at once. For example, if a player plays 48 hours straight, they would have accumulated four hours of rest time and can actually use this time to sleep before continuing the attempt.
Each person attempting to break the record has to deposit INR 10,000 for participation. The last person who will eventually break the record will be given the entire pool that has been collected. So, if seven players attempt to break this record, the eventual winner will take home INR 70,000 apart from what they may win on the table.
The stakes for the event will be INR 100/200 with a minimum buy-in of INR 10,000 and no maximum cap. The blinds will remain constant and those trying to break the world record have unlimited buy-ins. However, if somebody not attempting to break this record is needed to fill spots on the table, their maximum buy-in has been capped at INR 40,000 to protect the interests of the participants attempting to break the world record.
Organiser of the event, Pranav Bagai, says the record attempt has been officially sanctioned by Guinness World Records and every care will be taken to follow the Guinness guidelines. “There will be witnesses on rotation shifts as well as individual log books for each player. The guidelines are very extensive and we have to be careful about following them to the letter so that Guinness World Records accepts the record attempt,” said Bagai.
Bagai is also encouraging poker players to come and watch the event to show their support for putting India on the world poker map. There will also be cash games to suit all buy-ins running alongside the record attempt.
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