Phil Laak Attempting to Break Poker Endurance World Record

Poker professional Phil “The Unabomber” Laak is looking to set a new world record for the most hours of poker played in a single sitting.

Taking place at the luxurious Bellagio Poker Room in Las Vegas, starting on June 2, Laak will be looking to break the world record of 78 straight hours of playing poker which was set by Paul Zimbler in the fall of 2009.

Laak will be using the record-breaking attempt to raise money for charity. Camp Sunshine, an organization that provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness, will be the beneficiary.

Phil Laak is an internationally recognized poker pro, known for his iconic look at the poker table where he wears sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head. He is also a regular on televised poker shows like Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker. His animated personality, banter at the tables and interest in participating in sometimes bizarre propositional bets have also contributed to his renown.

“I have played many enduro sessions of poker, but never anything of this magnitude,” stated Laak. “I know this will test my limits but I love a good challenge and am excited to be trying to beat this record in Vegas’ top poker room.”

The AAA Five Diamond award-winning Bellagio will play host to the record-breaking challenge as well as the World Poker Tour’s Bellagio Cup in late June.

Doug Dalton, Director of Poker Operations at Bellagio, said, “We are always thrilled to be a part of history and we believe Phil can break the world record. He is a great customer and friend of ours and the Bellagio Poker Room staff wishes him the best in his efforts.”

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For a sneak peak of what you can expect will happen to the Unabomber, see the Youtube video of Paul Zimbler after playing more than 78 hours of poker last year: