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No Rest for the Wicked

by Jennifer Mason |  Published: Jul 01, 2010


Any professional live player will probably measure his longest session at the tables in days rather than hours, a good game being tough to leave when it’s in full flow, regardless of heading into a.m., then p.m. again, getting stuck or getting the lot. Some of the most famous games in poker history have been of the marathon variety, from the legendary Nick “the Greek” Dandolos and Johnny Moss heads-up battle over three months in 1951 (credited as giving rise to the World Series of Poker) to the varied attempts to break the record for continuous play. The 2006 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament at the WSOP broke the Series’ heads-up record as Chip Reese and Andy Bloch played for seven hours and 10 minutes out of the final table’s full 12 on their own. That tournament was grueling throughout — the previous day had run from 2 p.m. until 10 a.m., ...

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