Guinness Book of Records Longest Poker Tournament

Record Breaker

Poker is always setting new standards to beat year in and year out. The largest ever cash in a tournament was Antonius Esfandiari’s $18 million win beating the previous record of $12 million set by Jamie “Lucky Man” Gold. Now the new challenge is for the Asian Poker Tour to host the world’s longest poker tournament.

The world-record attempt will take place in Manila in the Philippines that is incidentally looking to step up its game in the gambling industry to become one of the world’s hottest gambling locations to visit. The Resorts World in Manila will be the host to the APT Iron Man Poker Challenge event that will stage the Iron Man Challenge starting on 11 December and running through to 15 December.

There will be absolutely no breaks in the tournament, no one will be able to chop up the prize money or make deals, and the event will continue on until the winner has all the chips stacked in front of him or her.

In the midst of this $700 buy-in main event, where the world record for the longest tournament will be attempted, there will be a host of other tournaments going on in and around the casino floor pumping up the action for what should be a fantastic week of poker in Asia.

In Delaware on 25 August 2012 we witnessed the current world record being broken in what was a US version of the Iron Man Poker challenge, which was held in the poker friendly state of Delaware. The whole affair took 36 hours, 34 minutes and 11 seconds exactly for the winner to take the top prize, as well as the honour of going down in the Guinness Book of Records as the player that won the longest poker tournament held. That man was Pete Konas and he netted a grand total of $27,160 after beating a field of 191 other players.

In this particular event we are expecting more than 192 players with the cap being set at 250 entrants. However, there will be re-entries allowed all the way up to level 7 of the blinds. Each player will begin with 50,000 chips on the tables in which they will play through 10 blind levels at 1 hour a piece with the following levels 11-20 giving players 90 minutes in between blind increases. After level 20, blinds levels will only increase every 2 hours of play.

Just recently the Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country with 4,000 people killed in the disastrous winds that wrecked carnage through the country. Poker communities have all been involved in raising awareness and money to help with relief efforts in the country. It’s great to see the poker community getting involved, and the fact that the APT is stopping in the Philippines should also help the casino industry show tourists that it is still safe to go to Manila.