APT-RWM Ironman Poker Challenge Sets New World Record

Posted 3 days 1 hour ago by Tim Duckworth

With the Asia poker year wrapping up, it would be the Asian Poker Tour (APT) along with the Resorts World Manila (RWM) running the APT-RWM Ironman Poker Challenge in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record.

Last year in August, the Delaware Park Casino set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Continuous Poker Tournament of 36 hours, 34 minutes and 41 seconds. Beginning on Friday evening, the 115-player field saw each player begin with 100,000 in chips as the likes of Sam Razavi, Tetsuya Tsuchikawa, Czardy Rivera, Ben Abrahams and Iori Yogo just a few of the notables looking to be part of this record-breaking attempt.

The top 18 players would take home a piece of the US$71,400 prizepool while US$18,240 was reserved for first, and with the tournament needing to last until 8:34:42 local time Sunday morning to officially break the record, officials from the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and independent auditors were on hand as witnesses.

At roughly lunchtime on Saturday afternoon, the field was reduced to just under half as weary and half-awake players were still a solid grind away from breaking the record and capturing a piece of the prizepool. It wouldn’t be until early Sunday morning – roughly hour 30 of the tournament – that the bubble would burst as Lester Edoc moved all in 4-big blinds with {6-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and was called by {A-Clubs}{4-Spades}. There was no help for Edoc as the final 18 players were now guaranteed US$1,320.

APT-RWM Ironman Poker Challenge sets new world record.
APT-RWM Ironman Poker Challenge sets new world record.

With the clock ticking away, the APT-RWM Ironman Poker Challenge would set a new Guinness World Record for the Longest Continuous Poker Tournament as just five players were still playing once the 36 hour, 34 minute and 11 second countdown passed. As play continued, it wouldn’t be until the 48 hour, 55 minute and 58.5 second mark that the tournament would come to a conclusion when the USA’s Damon Shulenberger and his {A-Clubs}{4-Hearts} held strong against Choi Byung Kyoo’s {K-Clubs}{7-Hearts} as the board ran out {A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{10-Hearts}. With Shulenberger capturing the APT-RWM Ironman Poker Challenge title and US$18,240 first prize, he made these comments after the epic victory.

“I have never experienced anything like it in my life. Not only going without sleep for two nights straight but I started at Level 1 at 8PM and never left the table for five minutes, until almost 50 hours later, with winning the championship.”

“I am mostly a casual player so whereas some people like to play all night, all day I’ve always maintained a commitment to sleeping at least by 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. so I never did an all-nighter like some of my friends. So actually I was really an iron man virgin.”

Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Damon Shulenberger USA US$18,240
2nd Choi Byung Kyoo Korea US$10,670
3rd Sandro Simon Germany US$7,390
4th Lim Dae Hoon Korea US$5,390
5th Forencio Campomanes Philippines US$4,460
6th Howard Ang Lee Philippines US$3,680
7th Gerry Flores Philippines US$3,030
8th Kim Jinwi Korea US$2,530
9th Norbert Koh Singapore US$2,180
10th Martin Corpuz Philippines US$1,870

*Photo and information courtesy of the Asian Poker Tour.

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APT-RWM Ironman Poker Challenge Champion Damon Shulenberger APT-RWM Ironman Poker Challenge Champion Damon Shulenberger

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