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Record-breaking Poker Den under way
On Tuesday, PartyPoker once again kicked off its television show the Poker Den. Titled "The Big Game III," the game will run for a record-breaking 36 hours.
Play got started at 2:30 p.m. BST on Tuesday with Roland De Wolfe, David Williams, Sammy George, Chris Parke, Neil Channing, Jennifer Tilly, Robert Williamson II and Iliodoros Kamatakis at the felt. As the game rolls on, other top pros will partake in cash-game marathons as well.
Each player will buy in for a minimum of $10,000, with blinds starting at $25/$50. The players are free to leave the game any time they want, and then other players will step in to join the game.
Other pros expected to play are David Ulliott, David Williams, Andrew Feldman, Brian Townsend, Kirk Morrison, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Jon Kalmar, John Tabatabai, Mike Matusow, Juha Helppi and more.
"We've been told that Phil Laak has spent all weekend mentally preparing for the game and that he intends to try and make TV history and sit in the game for a record breaking 36 hour stint!" said a PartyPoker spokesperson.
"The Poker Den has a history of wild and entertaining action and even though we state that a player can leave the table at any time we may make them take a break if they are [sitting] there like rocks or crushing the game too much. We want entertainment and not a heads-up between two exhausted grinding machine professionals who nobody wants to play against! That said, it is crazy how [many] players are rumored to be considering this, we'll see how it goes!"
Bodo Sbrzesny will also join the action as the PartyPoker VIP qualifier. The German won a high-stakes rake race on the poker site to earn a place at the Poker Den table.
Along with the change from a 24-hour-long game to 36 hours this time around, PartyPoker and Matchroom Sport have also introduced the "Party Pot." Players will win a $1,000 bonus from a selected hand every hour.
With the game well under way already, there has been plenty of action at the Poker Den table. According to a PartyPoker spokesperson, the first Party Pot resulted in a pot of more than $29,000 after the bonus $1,000 was added. Plus there has been other big action at the table.
"It only took four hands for there to be the first five-figure pot," said a PartyPoker spokesperson. "David Williams has already had to reload for another $20,000, and we're only scratching the surface of what's to come in the next 36 hours."
The PartyPoker Poker Den is being filmed to air on Five in the United Kingdom early next year, and then it will be distributed worldwide.