Phil Laak breaks endurance World Record

Phil Laak breaks endurance World Record

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Phil Laak has succeeded in his ambition to join the likes of Vincent Pilkington (fastest turkey plucker) and Jim Lyngvild (most Ferrero Rocher chocolates eaten in a minute) in the Guinness Book Of Records.

The Unabomber's feat was much more impressive than those of Messrs Pilkington and Lyngvold though. Laak somehow managed to coax his body into 115 (yes you read that right, 115) hours of consecutive poker. And not only did he play, he also ended $6,766 to the good over his five day marathon playing $10/$20 no limit hold'em.

Laak appeared to stay in remarkable physical shape during what would have been an ordeal for most other players, even managing to reel off 30 press ups in exchange for a $1,000 donation to his charity of choice, Camp Sunshine, a retreat for youngsters suffering from life-threatening illnesses. In fact the only physical obstacle that appeared to cause Laak a problem was a case of itchy bum syndrome.

The Unabomber easily beat Paul Zimbler's previous record of 78 hours 25 minutes and 42 seconds, and was remarkably chipper at the end of his enduro session saying it was, “one of the most wonderful journeys I’ve ever taken. It’s touchingly human and beautiful on so many levels...I have never had more fun playing poker in my entire life. ”

We'll take his word for it.

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