Even when the event ended up falling short of the Guinness benchmark of 36 hours, an overwhelming amount of positive feedback was received from participants, fans and followers all over the country.
“At one point, there were 177 people streaming the live video and 1,700 people following the live updates through twoplustwo.com, in addition to the 40+ people in the crowd around the final table,” said Delaware Park Casino Poker Room Manager Kevin Castorat.
Previous to this record, the longest documented marathon poker event was hosted by the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles in September, 2009, with a total of 19 hours. The Iron Man event began at 12:00 pm on Saturday, August 20 and ended on Sunday, August 21 at 7:58 pm for a total length of play of 31 hours, 58 minutes.
“We are constantly trying to innovate the game of poker by creating new and exciting events. I want our players to always feel welcome and be a part of special events such as this,” elaborated Castora. Although extremely fatigued, the players never lost their good spirits, which made for a positive atmosphere throughout the entire event.
Total Prize Pool: $182,360
Final Table Participants (Final Table began at 12:00pm on Sunday, August 21)
1st – Hieu Tran (Essex, MD) – $43, 761
2nd – John Barber (Wilmington, DE) – $26,552
3rd – Warren Wiggens (Woodstock, MD) – $17,780
4th – Donald Delaney (West Deptford, NJ) – $12,400
5th – Michael Watkins (Woodbridge, NJ) – $9,300
6th – In Min (Severn, MD) – $7,294
7th – Thomas Patterson (Wilmington, DE) – $6,164
8th – Mustafa Ali (Salisbury, MD) – $5,106
9th – Ilya Nudelman (Garrison, MD) – $4,377
10th – Marcus Seitz (Lacey, WA) – $3,465