British Man beats Guinness record for longest live poker session previously set by Phil Laak

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Barry Denson

A former British soldier beat a Guinness World record set by Phil Laak last year for the longest continuous live poker session. Barry Denson of Manchester, England played nonstop for 120 hours and 20 minutes at the G Casino in Manchester.

The new record is five more hours than that set by Laak in his 115 hour session in Las Vegas in 2010.

The record setting attempt was made to raise money for the Help For Heroes charity which works on helping wounded British soldiers and helped raise more than £850.

The new record set by Denson has not yet been approved by Guinness, but video material and paperwork has been submitted for the formal process to be completed.

Phil Laak

“I prepared for the heat by gradually shortening my sleep over the period of five weeks until I was running on less than three hours sleep a night and this did help tremendously,” Denson told Pokernews in an interview. “I expected to experience side effects. Phil Laak spoke after his record of experiencing visual hallucinations but my experience was slightly different in that I experienced aural hallucination. At one stage I was sure that I could hear small children laughing and playing around the slots which were quite close to the table.”

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