Close to 130 000 curious people, from over 90 countries, used the Internet to watch Phil Laak play poker for 115 hours. Nicknamed The Unabomber, Laakhad previously played for 72 uninterrupted hours which he smashed by 43 hours to officially enter into the Guinness Book of Records for the “Longest marathon playing poker by an individual”. His record-breaking feat happened in Sin City at the Bellagio Poker Room. Laak began playing poker on the 2nd of June 2010 and ended nearly 5 days later on the 7th June 2010. He ate every five hours and took a 5-minute break every 60 minutes. He banked some of these timeouts to shower and have yoga sessions and he also managed to sleep for a 30-minute period. He claimed that he drank no caffeine products or had any stimulants to prevent him from sleeping.
Unofficially his record has been broken by Barry Denson, a poker player from England, who managed to play nonstop for 120 hours and 20 minutes. Videos and documentation have been submitted to the Guinness Book of Records and a final verdict is still pending. If his record is successful then he would have played poker for five hours longer than Phil Laak.