NEW WORLD FRECORD
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Phil Laak sets world record
Longest poker playing marathon-world record
set by Dave Cain
LINCOLN, UK -- Dave Cain, 43, played poker for
74 hours and 12 minutes at the Library Bar in Lincolnshire,
England from Sept. 14-17 -setting the world record for the
poker playing marathon.
Photo: Instead of just playing in a full
ring game, Cain decided that he was going to break the record
while playing heads-up, deep-stacked poker. Photo by Anna
This made the event that much more mentally taxing,
and the accomplishment that much more impressive.
"I had some pretty bizarre hallucinations,"
said Cain. "Everybody who played on the table signed the table
and all the signatures turned into spiders at one point, which
is pretty freaky. It was one of those scary times. I absolutely
The biggest motivator for Cain and the attempt
to set the nutty record seems to be the potential to give
back to the game he's been so fortunate to be a part of.
Cain needed 1 steward, 1 practicing nurse/doctor
and 2 official witnesses for every hour of the attempt, as
well as dealers and IT support.
Dave Cain of Boultham, Lincoln, is currently
a manager for the Live Pub Poker league, among the biggest
leagues in the U.K., and said poker is a huge part of his
The money raised from the event was
going to go to two charities: St. Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice
and Louth & District Hospice.
As for what's next for Cain?
Well, he'll go back to working and playing poker, but
he's got his eyes on a couple of other stunts. In fact, he
hopes that he might be able to set up something with the former
World Record holder Larry Olmsted (72 hours and two minutes
of continuous play) to see who can play the longest heads-up.
"I would like to play heads-up to say who can
go the longest. But I haven't heard back from him yet."
The previous world record for the Longest
poker playing marathon was held by Larry Olmsted of
the United States. Olmsted played poker for 72 hours and 2
minutes straight at Foxwoods in 2004, taking 15 minute breaks
every eight hours so that he could change his clothes and
brush his teeth.
On the web: Poker
Official record title:
the "Longest time an individual has continuously
Date: Sept. 14-17
Place: Library Bar in Lincolnshire, England
Photos by Anna Draper
October 6, 2008