Former soldier hopes Manchester poker aces will play their cards right for Help For Heroes world record bid

By Mancunian Matters staff

Manchester’s poker players are being invited to join one man in his attempt to break the world record for longest playing marathon by an individual – but this time the winnings are for charity.

Barry Denson, of The Nuts Poker League, is taking on the ‘Longest Marathon Playing Poker By An Individual World Record’ – which currently stands at a whopping 115 hours – for Help For Heroes.

Guinness World Records allow a five minute break every hour – though these can be banked for longer breaks.

“One of the biggest challenges will be finding enough players to play me” said Barry. “Guinness World Records will only allow other players to play for up to 4 hours at a time so we need as many players as possible to come along and take part, especially in the early hours or the mornings!”

The previous 155 hour record was set in 2010 by professional player Phil Laak in Las Vegas.

“Being an ex-Territorial Army soldier myself, I am please to be able to raise money for such a worthy cause” Barry explained.

The five day event will take place at G Casino, Bury New Road, Manchester from midnight on Sunday  July 1.

Poker players are invited to play for up to four hours, or just come along and watch.

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