80 Hour Poker World Record Attempt!

21st May, 2010

Phil the unabomber Laak is known to be a rather eccentric man. He says silly things, bets on absurd happening and now he wants to set a new world record. The poker enthusiast is planning on playing 80 hours of continuous poker in order to beat Paul Zimblers current world record of 74 hours and 20 minutes.

I have played many enduro sessions of poker, but never anything of this magnitude, Laak said. I know this will test my limits but I love a good challenge and am excited to be trying to beat this record in Vegas top poker room.

The world record attempt will begin on June 2nd at the Bellagio in Las Vegas beginning at noon local time. In order to break the current world record he will have to play until 3pm on June 5th, however if he wants to reach his goal of 80 hours hell have to play well into the evening.

Doug Dalton, Bellagio Director of Poker Operations, said, We are always thrilled to be a part of history and we believe Phil can break the world record. He is a great customer and friend or ours and the Bellagio Poker room staff wishes him the best in his efforts.

Laak isnt doing the world record attempt purely for selfish reasons; half of his winnings will be donated to camp sunshine. The foundation provides a summer camp environment for children with life threatening illnesses and their families on Sebago Lake in Maine. The brilliant facility has 24 hour medical care, counseling and bereavement support.

What would life be without challenges? Well, it would be living I suppose, but just not as fun. And fun is a major tenet in my life philosophy so I thought I would try, Laak said.

Laak has broken his training methods down to three components: body, mind and spirit. He said, My will power is at an all time high, and I am ready to take on this challenge.

Last autumn Paul Zimbler made 35,000 for the make a wish foundation in London during a 74 hour poker marathon.

By Faye

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