Hats off to the best
During the years, the poker game has set up many records, as unexpected as one thinks. And the Guinness Book was ready to acknowledge them all.
The longest non-stop poker tournament was Ironman Poker Challenge at the Delaware Park Casino in the USA, held in August 2012. The winner, Czech Peter Konas, received a USD27,160 prize, after playing 36 hours, 34 minutes and 11 seconds. The total number of participants was 192.
The highest prize record belongs to the American player Antonio Esfandari. He received the amount of USD18,346,673 during the charitable event ‚Big One For One Drop’, to take place during the 2012 World Series of Poker.
The highest number of hands being played – 23,493. The record setter is Randy Lew, who played online poker for eight hours, in January 2012. In spite of the 50-hand per minute speed, the one nicknamed ‚nanonoko’, with Team PokerStar Online, had a total profit of 7.65 dollars only.
The biggest crowd of players – the record was set in 2006, during the World Series of Poker Main Event. The number of players was 8,773.
The largest poker room is located in California. It features over 200 tables for any type of poker, beyond anyone’s imagination.
The longest cash gaming record belongs to Phil Laak. He played for 115 hours non-stop, with a 5-minute break at every hour. This happened at Bellagio, in Las Vegas. The player donated his prize of USD6,766 to charities.
The oldest was the 97-year old Jack Ury. In 2010, he was an age veteran of the World Series of Poker tournament. He passed away in Indiana, on February this year.
The record of the most bracelets is Phil Hellmuth’s, who has no less than 13 WSOP bracelets. He is also the holder of the most ‚in the money’ positions (95) at WSOP and of the most final tables – 49, at WSOP.