Players Chase History at Playground Poker Club's "Iron Man"

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Playground Poker Club, Canada’s premier poker destination, has pushed the envelope with another amazing story emerging from the recent Laak & Esfandiari Open. Two players chased history and glory in the Iron Man event, a true test of grit and endurance.

On the heels of the sold-out Laak & Esfandiari Open this past weekend at Playground Poker, the club is pleased to announce that the Iron Man, an event that tests players’ endurance by pitting them against each other to see who can last the longest at the poker table, has finally wrapped up, one man now outlasting the competition for the $2500 prize pool and a piece of history.

Inspired by Guest of Honour Phil Laak--the current world record holder for endurance at a poker table, with a mind-blowing 115 straight hours played--the event began on Sunday at 11:30 AM with three players vying for first prize. Martin Jacques, Adam Saeed and Oscar Gomez were each after a taste of history and fame, along with a healthy prize pool.

“Having a living legend like Phil Laak in attendance when the event began was an inspiration to the players who participated,” said Playground COO David Montour.

The format of the event allowed for players to take a five-minute break each hour. Those breaks accumulated; so for example, if a player went six hours without taking a break, they built up a bank of 30 minutes of rest.

With Martin Jacques having dropped out of the running on March 6th after nearly 59 hours at the table, the two remaining players were still going at 78 hours played on March 7th when Oscar decided he’d had enough and packed it in, leaving Adam Saeed as champion. And while the Guinness Book of World Records may not be watching, that didn’t stop Adam from chasing his dream even after being declared the winner, Adam stayed at the tables and kept playing until reaching a total of 79 hours before he packed it in.

“This was about much more than just winning the prize money,” Montour said. “These guys were after notoriety, fame and glory.”

Saeed won the $2,500 first prize and all the swagger and respect that comes with becoming Playground Poker Club’s first ever Iron Man and he may not have beaten Phil Laak’s record of 115 hours at the table, but he did best the previous mark of 72 hours and 2 minutes set by Larry Olmsted at Foxwoods in 2004.

The Laak & Esfandiari open may be over, but if this event proved one thing, it’s that the action really never stops at Playground Poker Club!

For a full listing of Playground’s great promotions and more information on the event schedule, visit, or contact info(at)playgroundpoker(dot)ca with any questions you may have.

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