Everyone who has ever had a passion for a specific thing knows how satisfying and exciting it can be if you completely immerse yourself in the world which you admire so much. Imagine you could play poker all day, every day, without any consequences for you to think about… wouldn't that be great?
And while reality won't allow most of us to get lost in the alluring depths of the poker world, there are still plenty of all-day poker experiences for players to enjoy. In fact, poker marathons are considered as some of the most engaging and captivating poker events in the world.
Poker Marathons: What Are They All About?
On April 16, Daniel Negreanu Tweeted that he planned on joining 88 out of 115 WSOP events in the summer tournament. Joining so many events meant he was prepared to sit at the poker tables for days on end without deviating his focus from the task at hand.
But, he only managed to stick through twenty WSOP events, but it is the thought that counts. Being prepared to play poker every day non-stop requires a lot of stamina and preparation, and while you can keep up with the pace for a day or two, going at full steam for weeks is a bit far-fetched, so no wonder Negreanu wasn't able to keep playing most events between May 30 and July 18.
But while Kid Poker wasn't able to achieve his goal of completing a challenging poker marathon, others have been more successful in their endeavors. On April 2, 2021, Martin Hummel broke the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon of playing online poker, which lasted for 48 straight hours.
Martin, who resides in the Netherlands, streamed the entire attempt on his Witch channel for the entire world to see. In the course of two days, the poker pro competed in 40 No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournaments, getting to 36th place in his best event and reaching 1,944th place in his worst.
But even when there were no tournaments for him to join, Martin kept playing poker! In between events, he played online cash games to pass the time.
To get recognition for his attempt to break the world record, Hummel had to submit a video of himself playing for the entire 48 hours, and due to a faulty video system, the judges almost didn't award him the title he deserved.
But fortunately, after deliberations and multiple checks, Hummel was declared the player who played poker for the longest time.
Poker Marathons Tips
Some of you might wonder how Hummel managed to remain focused on the games he was playing for such a long time. While poker marathons sound entertaining in theory, won't you lose focus after a few hours of playing?
Here are a few things you can do to increase your chances of enjoying and winning more during a poker marathon:
- Sleep well beforehand - a good night's sleep is pivotal if you want to be able to concentrate for long stretches of time.
- Eat healthy food – carbs and processed sugars create an insulin spike that can later nosedive quickly, thus leaving you tired and lethargic. To remain awake and focused for hours on end, you should eat healthier foods.
- Take short breaks – giving your mind a rest can help you recharge your energy levels quickly and efficiently.
- Create an inviting environment – play some music, choose a comfortable chair, and do anything within your power to make your physical setting as comfortable as possible.
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