Randy "Nanonoko" Lew Sets Multi-tabling World RecordJanuary 9, 2012 12:21 pm
Yesterday, the multi-tabling prodigy Randy “Nanonoko” Lew set a new world record for the most amount of poker hands played over an eight hour period.
On the sidelines of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Lew sat down to play between 25 and 40 tables simultaneously, with the requirement he makes a profit, so as to discourage just pressing the fold button for the record.
Playing on PokerStars, Lew was up a few hundred dollars at one stage and down $1,200 at another, when he increased the stakes to $5/$10 to make up the shortfall. As he explains:
“I was like, ugh, I’ve got to chase those losses! I really was running horrible. But I was trying to stay focused like “You can’t let this get to you.” But I still played well and tried to play my best, and eventually it worked out. Twelve hundred was rough, though. It could’ve been game over, to be honest.”
However, Lew then managed to come back and was near to closing out his session with just a few dollars in profit when he picked-up pocket aces and got involved in a three-way pot. Losing the hand could well have scuppered his attempt at the final hurdle, prompting a member of the crowd to call out, “Don’t play that hand!”
Fortunately, the aces held up and Lew closed out the session having played 23,493 hands over eight hours for a profit of $7.65. The Supernova Elite also earned 22,784 frequent player points along the way.
Describing his thought process during the Guinness World Record attempt, Lew said he was continually re-thinking his strategies depending on if he was winning or losing and that he had to adjust his play when he noticed that certain of his opponent’s assumed he was only playing premier hands.
After officially having his attempt recognised as a Guinness World Record, the recent winner of the APPT Macau commented on his incredible feat by saying:
“This is a great feeling. I finished it. I had a crowd. Everyone clapped for me. I was reading chat while I was playing. I probably shouldn’t have. But people were like “Go, Randy, go!” So, it kept me pumped, and it is a good feeling when people want you to win.”
Here is the official tally:
Hands per hour: 2936.63
Hands per minute: 48.94
Seconds per hand: 1.23
FPPs earned: 22,784