World records continue to drop in the world of Poker in 2013, as American Damon Shulenberger claimed the APT Resorts World Manila Iron Man Poker Challenge in the Philippines to set a new benchmark of 48 hours, 55 minutes and 58.5 second for the ‘Longest Continuous Poker Tournament’.
Smashing the previous record of 36 hours, 34 minutes and 41 seconds set by Peter Konos in Delaware last season, Shulenberger managed to out-wit, outplay and outlast a total of 114 fellow competitors to record his place in history and walk away with the $18,240 winner’s check.
“I have never experienced anything like it in my life” a dazed yet excited Shulenberger said following the final hand.
“Not only going without sleep for two nights straight but I started at level 1 at 8PM and never left the table for five minutes, until almost 50 hours later, with winning the championship.
“I don’t think I’ll play poker again for at least a month.”
Following a four-hour long heads up round, it was Korea’s Choi Byung Kyoo who claimed second prize and a healthy $10,670 check for his troubles.
After remaining in with a shot for almost the entire round, the short-stacked Kyoo played his remaining chips with a hand of King-Seven off suit, immediately called by Shulenberger who had been concealing an Ace-Four off suit. The board ran Ace-Two-Three-Jack-Ten to pair up Shulenberger’s Aces and deliver the US native the monumental title.
“I am most a casual player, so whereas some people like to play all night, all day I’ve always maintained a commitment to sleeping by at least 2a.m. or 3a.m. so I never did an all-nighter like some of my friends” Shulenberger concluded.
Rounding out the top five were German Sandro Simon, Lim Dae Hoon of Korea and local Florencio Campomanes.
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