6 Amazing Poker World Records

6 Amazing Poker World Records

By Alex J. Coyne © 2018 Great Bridge Links

Poker is one of the most popular pastimes around. It’s played by actors, lawyers and people on the up-and-up in the corporate world just as much as it’s played by people in their own houses. Of course, if something exists, there’s bound to be someone trying to break a world record attached to it – and poker is no different!

Here are some of the most notable poker records we could find.


The Largest Online Poker Tournament

Source:Guinness World Records

The record for the first online poker tournament goes to Planet Poker, which hosted the first for-cash game in the 90s. While the site is no longer active for poker games, you can still find the site online and hosting poker rules as a milestone of sorts for online poker players.

According to Guinness World Records, the largest online poker tournament to date was held by PokerStars in the UK in October 2015. The game featured more than 250, 000 players (253, 692 to be exact) and 470 played hands. The winner of the game was Simon Grabenschweiger from Austria, playing under the screen-name DaDumon.

He took home an incredible $10, 000 after the game – and, of course, gets a place in history for it, too! Here’s his online profile on OfficialPokerRankings.com

The largest strip poker tournament

Source: Guinness World Records

The largest strip poker tournament involved 196 participants at an event organised by Paddy Power Entertainment Ltd (Ireland) and took place at Café Royal in London, UK on 19 August 2006.


The Youngest World Series of Poker Winner

Source: Guinness World Records

The youngest winner of the World Series of Poker is Joe Cada, at least so far. He won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2009 aged 21 (and 357 days) according to Guinness World Records. He beat out Phil Ivey and Jeff Shulman during the game – and the event gained him a lot of publicity in the poker world, including this Detroit News feature in 2018.

He’s still playing, too: You can find him on Twitter at the handle @cada99.

The Longest (Individual) Poker Marathon

Source: Guinness World Records

According to Guinness World Records, the longest poker marathon for an individual player was a whole 115 hours! The record was achieved in June 2010 with a live stream of the game watched by more than 117, 000 people.

The incredible feat was achieved by player Phil Laak, who happens to be married to poker player and actress Jennifer Tilly.

You can check out a video of Phil playing against Daniel Negreanu on YouTube to see him in action.

The Longest Poker Tournament

Source: Guinness World Records

The world record for the longest poker tournament by a group lasted for several days, and took place between 13 and 15 December 2013. The tournament took place during the Asian Poker Tour and Resorts World Manila Iron Man Poker Challenge in the Philippines – how’s that for a long title?

Player Damon Shulenberger took home first place in the tournament. You can find Damon on his website, where he’s also a writer of fiction in his spare time.

If you’re ready to try your hand at a poker tournament and maybe even set your own world record, you might want to try your luck with an online casino tournament too with the help of the extensive selection of online casinos found on Best Casinos where you will have no problem finding a room that best suits your distinguished poker taste.


Antonio Esfandiari sets poker tournament prize money record with $18.3 million win

Source: Guinness World Records

American card king Antonio Esfandiari made history in 2012 in Las Vegas after bagging the world record for the greatest prize money won in a poker tournament.

Antonio beat off 47 of poker’s best pros and wealthiest amateurs at the ‘Big One For One Drop’ tournament to claim the top prize payout of a co

That was six years ago folks so get out there and beat that record!