Peter Konas Wins Record 36 Hour Poker Marathon

Peter Konas Wins Record 36 Hour Poker MarathonCzech player Peter Konas has become the Iron Man of poker after defeating a field of 192 players over 36 hours, 34 minutes and 41 seconds of non-stop tournament poker to capture the title, and set a new world record.
The event took place at the Delaware Park Casino’s poker room, the same venue where US player Hieu Tran won it last year, but failed to reach the Guinness reserve benchmark set at 36 hours. This time around there was no such disappointment as three players were still left in contention by the time the magic number struck at midnight Sunday.
The $600 buy-in tournament created a prize pool worth $100,608 with cash payouts going to the top 18 finishers. Anyone winning the competition would surely have earned their Iron Man title, as play was continuous with the only breaks coming when tournament officials chipped the colour up at the tables. Of course, players could use the bathroom but at the expense of missed hands or being blinded away. As last year’s champion Hieu Tran commented after beating out 376 players to claim his $43,761 victory:
“I’m going to sleep. There were times during the hands when all I thought about is if I could use the bathroom.”
This year, the bubble took a full 3 hours to burst with the highest local finisher Ryan Webbers, of Newark, eliminated in 9th for $3,018. Three-handed, the play then stretched out a further 4 hours with Josh Palmer finishing 3rd for $10,262, Stephan Oestrieicher the runner-up for $16,902. and Peter Konas the champion for $27,160.
In addition, independent witnesses primarily from the Delaware Lottery Commission were there to verify the event’s authenticity and their logs will now be sent to Guinness World Records to confirm the incredible feat of poker endurance.

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