Most poker players make their mark on the game through winning a significantly huge event or by consistently placing near the top of live tournaments. After all, success is definitely a good precursor for poker popularity.
But there are some people who make their mark on the game by doing the occasional crazy, random thing that makes others just shake their heads. US player Larry Olmsted was one such person as he set the Guinness World Record for the longest poker session ever by playing 72 hours and 2 minutes straight. Olmsted set his record by playing at Foxwoods Casino and played low limits over the time building his stack from $100 to $1,000 (not exactly the best hourly rate). He was so tired by the end that he couldn’t even read the cards he was dealt.
Apparently, David Cain isn’t impressed though and thinks that Oldsted’s record of 72+ hours is nothing. Cain believes that it is actually possible to play over 100 hours of poker straight which seems pretty crazy given the condition of Olmsted at the end of his session. Nevertheless, Cain will try to break the record by playing heads-up, deep stack poker with people being rotated in to give him fresh opponents.
The event will all go down at a bar in Lincoln of the United Kingdom and will happen from September 14th to September 18th. In my opinion, I don’t see Cain being able to play for 100 hours straight but I do wish him luck on his way to surpassing 72 hours and 2 minutes. It’s not going to be easy since he’ll be playing heads-up which could certainly be harder than just playing a cash game. I’ll admit that I definitely know I couldn’t last that long. Let’s see if he does.