A Guinness world record will be attempted in the Philippines next month as the Asian Poker Tour aims to host the longest continuous poker tournament ever.
The event will get underway in Manila on December 13 under the billing of the Asian Poker Tour Resorts World Manila (APT-RWM) Iron Man Poker Challenge. While the $700 buy-in Main Event will be the tournament in which the new record will be attempted, there are also a handful of other events throughout a five-day tour stop that runs from Dec. 11-15, 2013. That includes $70 satellites to the lengthy Main Event and a High Roller tournament on Dec. 14 featuring a $2,500 buy-in.
The existing world record for longest poker tournament was set in late August of 2012 in Delaware when Pete Konas bested a field of 192 players and was the last man standing after 36 hours, 34 minutes, and 41 seconds. For winning the Delaware Park Iron Man Poker Challenge, Konas took home $27,160 and the Iron Man title.
APT-RWM is hoping that a new Iron Man emerges next month and has structured the tournament to achieve that goal. Special rules for the No-Limit Hold’em event include no scheduled breaks, although players will be allowed to leave the table at their own choosing at the peril of losing blinds and antes that will be taken from absent players.
The event will be capped at 250 players and will not permit any deals or chops among the final tablists. Registration and re-entries will be allowed until Level 7. Players will begin with a stack of 50,000 and the first ten levels will each run 60 minutes. The next ten levels will run for 90 minutes each, with any remaining levels beyond Level 20 to last a full two hours.
As most are aware, the Philippines is still recovering from the devastating effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8 that killed more than 4,000. The relief efforts from the poker community have been commendable, as a number of sites that included PokerStars pledged charitable contributions in an effort to assist victims of one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land.
Prior to the stop in Manila, the Asian Poker Tour will be in Sydney, Australia for a special Main Event from Dec. 5-8. Only one event is on the card that features an AUD 2,000 buy-in and two Day 1s during the four-day stop.