Delaware Park honored with a Guinness world record

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Delaware is the home of one of the newest Guinness World Records. The world-renowned record-keeping institution in March presented its certificate recognizing the Casino at Delaware Park’s 2012 Ironman Poker Challenge as the “Longest Continuous Poker Tournament.”

At 12:36 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2012, Delaware Park’s Ironman Poker Challenge concluded after 36 hours, 34 minutes and 11 seconds. It began Aug. 25 at noon and ran to completion without breaks. The tournament drew 192 players, three of whom were still playing when the 36-hour mark eclipsed. Participants in the event competed for a pool of $100,608. The tournament champion, Peter Konas of the Czech Republic, won $27,160.

The event was recorded for posterity and witnessed by agents of Delaware Gaming Enforcement. All of the documentation from the Ironman Poker Challenge was sent for approval from Guinness to make the world record official.

“We are exceptionally proud to be the home of an event that has made world history,” Park senior VP of slots and marketing Andy Gomeringer said. “The Ironman Poker Challenge attracts outstanding and dedicated players, and we are very pleased that Guinness has recognized the stamina and caliber of our players, and the Delaware Park staff that supports them.”

DELAWARE PARK POKER CLASSIC: Delaware Park’s poker room hosts its Poker Classic from May 8-28. There will be 28 events with the $500K guarantee, multiday main event starting May 25. The full list of events can be found on the inside back cover of our May issue.

HPO AT CHARLES TOWN: The $1,620 Hollywood Poker Open qualifying tournament on March 31 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia attracted more than 140 players. Michael McNeil, right, of Wheeling, W.Va., won the event and will head to the M Resort in Las Vegas to compete in the $500K guarantee HPO Championship on June 28-30. Results are on the previous page. Players can enter the HPO Championship with a $2,500 buy-in.

DOVER DOWNS: The poker room hosts a $40K guarantee May 11. First pays $20K. Buy-in is $199. … On March 10, Jack Sloan of Alexandria, Va., bested more than 230 players to win a new Toyota. … Charles Dill took down another Ante Up Poker League title, his second, earning another Ante Up cruise package. If you’d like to have a league in your poker room, contact Scott Long at 727-331-4335.

— Michael Young is the Ante Up Ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic area. Email him at anteupmike@gmail.com.

Hollywood Poker Open, Hollywood Casino Charles Town, March 21-April 1

Event 1 • $350 NLHE
Entries: 299 • Pool: $87,009
Denis Angelov, $20,882
Event 2 • $560 NLHE
Entries: 470 • Pool: $227,950
Steven Pennington, $53,569
Event 3 • $350 NLHE
Entries: 135• Pool: $39,285
Phillip McClain, $11,785
Event 4 • $240 Ladies
Entries: 33 • Pool: $6,402
Ginger Everett, $2,433
Event 5 • $240 Seniors
Entries: 65 • Pool: $12,160
Richard Johnson, $4,286
Event 6 • $240 NLHE
Entries: 68 • Pool: $13,192
Troy Skinner, $4,485
Event 7 • $240 NLHE
Entries: 138 • Pool: $26,772
Cleveland Fincham, $8,034
Event 8 • $240 PLO
Entries: 74 • Pool: $14,356
Gabriel Ohana, $4,881
Event 9 • $350 NLHE
Entries: 43 • Pool: $12,513
Dennis Summers, $4,756
Event 10 • $240 PLO/8
Entries: 98 • Pool: $19,012
Matthew Melin, $6,083
Event 11 • $350 NLHE
Entries: 94 • Pool: $27,354
John Creed, $8,754
$1,620 Main Event
Entries: 144 • Pool: $209,520
Michael McNeil, $62,857
Event 13 • $350 NLHE
Entries: 120 • Pool: $34,920
Frank Cullen, $10,825
Event 14 • $240 NLHE
Entries: 26 • Pool: $5,044
Michael Briggs, $1,917
Event 15 • $175 NLHE
Entries: 123 • Pool: $17,720
Ali Heins, $5,337