Belgian Poker League breaks world record for longest session


The poker players from Lier have succeeded in their attempt to hold the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous session of poker

I’ll raise you four hours

If you think your last poker game went late, you haven’t met the Belgian Poker League. Members yesterday smashed the current Guinness World Record for the longest poker game ever played.

The previous record stood at 115 hours and 51 minutes and had been held for seven years by Las Vegas player Phil Laak, known at the tables as the “Unabomber”. He set the record in front of a live-stream audience of 15,000 spectators.

The Belgian Poker League of Lier, Antwerp province, reached its goal of 120 hours yesterday afternoon. The rules did’t make it easy: Each player in a multi-player game is limited to only four hours’ play in a day, so the league had to arrange a steady stream of players to keep the game going. Members and others were invited to come along and take part for a fee of €5.

Guinness must still officially confirm the record.