The World poker records you should know about
Maybe you are one of the poker players who is spending a lot of time online with the favourite game. It could have happened that you played poker for a long time – for example 5-6 to 10 hours non stop. And then after these hours maybe you tought to yourself “That was a long time of poker.” Think again. The longest lasting poker game was organized in a hotel room and continued 137 hours. Yes, that’s right – 137 hours of non-stop poker.
The players who participated were Julia Doetsch, Thomas Wagermeier, Stephan Reischl, Max Krückl, Rudolf Teichmann, Erich Grünwald, Jens Tölle and Nuran Karasu. Not all of these enthusiasts finished the game, but Tölle, Karasu and Reischl managed to hold on and play without a stop for the entire 137 hours.
Other individual poker endurance record was set by Phil “The Unabomber” Laak. He played $10/$20 cash game for 115 hours against different opponents at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Laak lost five pounds of his weight during the marathon but at the end he won $6,766 in money and no one managed to defeat him. Now that’s a poker addicted person.
Sometimes poker is not only a game for fun. For a lot of poker players it is a way to earn money and feed the family. When it comes to money earnings, there are few people who lead the rankings for all time poker money winners. As mentioned already in another of our articles, these people are: Eric Seidel – $16 978 468, Daniel Negreanu – $15 012 262, Daniel Negreanu – $15 012 262, Jamie Gold – $12 235 441, John Juanda – $11 993 013. Remember that these players won their money by playing a lot of poker for long years. Maybe you could manage to get into the top poker five money winners? Give it a try – we will write about you.
When it comes to live poker tournaments one name comes above it all – the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Not one or two poker players dreamed about winning the ultimate poker tournament and its symbol – the Champion’s Bracelet (and we are not talking about the prize money). There is, however, one man who’s dream came true – eleven times! His name is Phil Hellmuth and he won the WSOP eleven times – in 1989, 1992, 1993(three events), 1997, 2001, 2003(two events), 2006, 2007. That man is a poker legend and has won it all.
Every poker player wants to take the whole pot. But some pots are worth to be taken and to be written about. We will tell you about the biggest pots ever made – online and in live tournaments.
The online poker game with the biggest ever pot was played between Isildur1 and Patrik Antonius and was worth $1.3 million. The game was PL Omaha and the pot went into Antonius’ bankroll. Antonius’ had two pairs Ks-Kh-5c-5h-9c beating Isildur1′s 9s-9c-5c-5h-8h.
In live tournament the biggest pot ever was worth $1.1 million. The game was $1000/$2000 Texas Hold’em between Phil Ivey and Tom “durrrr” Dwan at the fourth season of Full Tilt’s “Million Dollar Cash Game”. Dwan won the big pot with a nut straight and went into history with the biggest pot winner ever. Well done.
PokerStars managed to organize the biggest online tournament ever made. For their 10th anniversary they attracted 200,000 players in a $1 buy-in tournament and they went into history for that.
The biggest buy-in is the $1million “One Drop” tournament at the WSOP which is going to be held this year. So far 30 players confirmed their participation.
The biggest prize money ever won was taken by Jamie Gold in the 2006 WSOP Main Event. The prize was $12million and Jamie had to beat 8,773 poker opponents in order to take it.