US online Poker player breaks days-old Russian record
12/3/09 – The world record set only days ago of completing 40 088 hands of online poker in 18 hours and 33 minutes set by a 22-year-old Russian player has already been broken.
American online player and blogger ‘ChicagoJoe' cracked the Russian record set by player ‘innerpsy' by completing 50 000 hands on multiple $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold’em or Pot Limit Hold’em tables at PokerStars in 20 hours and 2 minutes to claim the record, and some $30 000 or more dollars on side bets placed by members of the popular 2plus2 poker message board.
ChicagoJoe clearly had plenty of steam left, continuing for a further 470 hands before ending the session at 21 hours.
The young American set himself a sterner test than the original record, promising Sunday: "Will be starting this prop bet tomorrow morning between 10-12AM eastern and hope to play 50k+ hands in a 24 hour period and show a profit. I am putting up about 13k of my own money in hopes of winning 30k! I will be playing all hands at NL25 on PokerStars and am very confident in my chances here.
"I feel like I have a good game plan going into all of this and should be able to be victorious. I will post daily updates on my blog and in 2+2 thread tomorrow and hopefully set a new world record for most hands come Tuesday Morning."
The enthusiastic Joe presented his multi-monitor plan in a Youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYEjFnN-vJU&feature=player_embedded to explain his preparations and tactics for fulfilling the conditions of his attempt. He followed this up during the event by webcamming the record breaking attempt as it took place.
Good to his word, he did all of this, turning a profit of $850.35 on the play, and more from those who bet against him.
ChicagoJoe's new record now stands at 50 470 hands over 21 hours. How long will it last?
Fans of this sort of endurance record are predicting that ‘Chiren', who once played a million hands over the course of a month could be about to come forward with a new challenge, and there's always the possibility that ‘innerpsy' will try to reclaim the record.