Phil Laak took the first week of the WSOP* off so that he could attempt to break the casino poker record for most hours played straight. The record he was looking to break was set by Paul Zimmer who played poker for 74 hours and 20 minutes last year. Laak was hoping that he could play for over 80 hours and beat the record handily.
Amazingly, the internet poker star played far more than the initial 80 hours he set out for as he played for 115 hours. The site where Laak decided to play poker was the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and he starting playing poker games on June 2nd. He stopped in the morning of June 7th after he had beaten the previous record by over 40 hours.
Laak spoke about his record breaking feat by saying, “I was shooting for 80 hours all along and eventually it came. The obvious next step was to honor the moment by making the most of it. A gambling degenerate by trade, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what my inner vampire was really made of.”
The only sad part about the incredible feat is that Phil wasn’t earning any rakeback during the record attempt. But while Laak wasn’t taking advantage of any rakeback deals, he did raise money for a charitable organization called Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine provides support and joy to children with life-threatening illnesses; he raised thousands of dollars for Camp Sunshine while he was playing holdem poker.
Besides raising money for a good cause, many of Phil Laak’s best friends stopped by to cheer him on including Scotty Nguyen, Jean-Robert Bellande, Prahlad Freidman, James Mitchell, Eric Liu, David Wells, Huck Seed, Mike Matusow, and his girlfriend Jennifer Tilly.
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