Zimbler breaks longest session record

Zimbler breaks record
Paul Zimbler broke the world record for the longest poker session in his final heads up match with Mike Matusow.

Englishman Paul Zimbler broke the world record for the longest recorded continuous poker session Thursday.

Inside London's Casino at the Empire as the preliminary events of the World Series of Poker Europe presented by Betfair played out, Zimbler played poker for an amazing 74 hours, 20 minutes and 21 seconds straight.

The marathon session began on Monday with Zimbler taking on a series of pro players, media and members of the public in 20-minute heads-up sessions.

Challengers were asked to cough up a minimum donation of £10 to sit in with all the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

With Betfair Poker making a £5,000 donation and pros like Doyle Brunson, Annette Obrestad and Phil Hellmuth all playing and donating, Zimbler managed to raise close to £35,000.

"I did it man and we're raising a lot of money," Zimbler told PokerListings. "We're still going too. We're hoping to get to £50,000."

An exhausted Zimbler finished out his record-breaking performance playing Full Tilt poker's Mike Matusow and had to be partially carried from the table.

"Thankfully I had a lot of support and I'm very happy I did it," he said. "I was very close to stopping right at the end. I wasn't doing it for the world record and all that rubbish. It's just a great thing to do good things for those who are less fortunate."

Over the almost 75-hour session, Zimbler played a total of 183 matches winning 102.

As a poker player, he said the experience was well worth it.

"I did to raise money for a good cause," he said. "It's a very rare time that all these top players are in town and it's great to be able to play them all for charity.

"But it was great practice. I probably played nearly 200 games - some of them lasted an hour and a half, some of them 10 minutes or less. I played a hell of a lot of games and when you're playing that many games, I don't know how many hands you're seeing, but it's great experience."

Zimbler's marathon session may be over, but his fundraising efforts are still on the go.

Those interested in helping him reach his £50,000 goal can make a donation on this website.

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