UK Poker Player to Attempt Longest Poker Session

May 7, 2012

Phil “The Unabomber” Laak underwent a serious self-discipline that dictated everything from his sleeping patterns to his diet in order to play the longest poker session ever back in 2010. Now the UK’s Barry Denson of the Nuts Poker League is hoping he has what it takes to beat Laak’s record for 115 hours straight—almost five days—of straight poker. As a former soldier, he likely exhibits self-discipline as well as stamina.

Denson’s goal is to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity, a charity that serves to assist those who have been wounded in current British conflicts.

Denson says, “Being an ex-Territorial Army soldier myself, I am pleased to be able to raise money for such a worthy cause.”
Denson will be able to take five-minute breaks once per hour, but he can bank breaks, so for example, if he plays five hours without a break, he can take a 30-minute nap.

Denson explains, “One of the biggest challenges will be finding enough players to play me. Guinness World Records will only allow other players to play for up to four hours at a time so we need as many players as possible to come along and take part, especially in the early hours or in the mornings!”

This would be a great opportunity for someone who wants to be a part of poker history, likes to play poker, and enjoys playing poker for charity. It would also be great experience for anyone from novice to expert to play against a pro poker player like Denson. The marathon will take place beginning at midnight on Sunday July 1, 2012 at G Casino in Manchester. It is open to the public for those who wish to witness Denson attempt to break Laak’s 115-hour world record for the “Longest Marathon Playing Poker by an Individual.”

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