Brit's poker session has record potential

David Cain

When you start seeing spiders climbing all over the poker table, take that as a clear sign you should stop and take a break from playing. Probably a long one.

Unless, of course, you are Dave Cain. In that case, the action is likely just getting going.

Although Guinness has not yet declared the result official, word is set to come any day that Cain is the new Guinness World Record holder for poker playing endurance. He set the mark of 74 hours and 12 minutes at the Library Bar in Lincolnshire, England from Sept. 14-17. And it was nearly enough to send the Englishman over the edge.

"I had some pretty bizarre hallucinations," said Cain. "Everybody who played on the table signed the table and all the signatures turned into spiders at one point, which is pretty freaky. It was one of those scary times. I absolutely wasn't right."

And that wasn't the half of it. There were more than a few occasions where he thought he'd lost both his mind, and even worse, his ability to play poker.

"I was totally insane," said Cain. "Not so much at the end, but about five hours before the end I completely forgot how to play. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. There was a team of people around me and basically they had to explain heads-up.

"I would like to play heads-up to say who can go the longest. But I haven't heard back from him yet."

Hard to believe Cain wants any more, but if that heads-up match ever does happen, you can bet PokerListings will be right there to tell you all about it. Spiders and all.

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