By Joss Wood, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is one of the most highly anticipated tournaments on the live poker circuit. Legendary grinder and Team PokerStars Online member Randy "Nanonoko" Lew took some time away from the live tables to go online and attempt to set the Guinness world record for "number of hands played in eight hours while remaining profitable." He grinded away at a computer in front of an astounded audience in the main tournament room of the Atlantis Resort and Casino, situated on Paradise Island in The Bahamas. 8 hours and 23,493 hands later, Lew had set the record.
Achieving the record was complicated by the condition that he also had to make a profit. Normally this is not a problem for Nanonoko, but for this challenge, he was playing 40 tables! It’s hard enough to click the mouse fast enough to keep up with all 40 even if that wasn't a condition. In the end, he barely crossed the finishline with a profit of $7.65. He also accumulated 22,784 PokerStars Frequent Player Points with a value of approximately $364.
Early on in the session he found himself down significantly, and he had to change his strategy:
“I know there were definitely some players out there who were attacking me a lot. So, I started paying attention. In the beginning I was just kind of like flowing through it and let the hands go by. Then I started to notice that these guys just think I play aces only. So, I had to take care of them.”
Nanonoko plays a phenomenal number of hands between $5/$10 and $25/$50 No-Limit Hold’em, and in his career has won over $2.2 million online. He also recently won the APPT Macau for HK$3.77 million (approximately $500k).
To celebrate Nanonoko's achievement, PokerStars set up a $5,000 freeroll tournament and automatically registered everyone who played more than 100 hands against him during the challenge. 315 brave souls stayed at his tables for that long, including me!
I am embarrassed to admit that I didn't believe it could be the “real” Nanonoko playing on four of my $0.25/$0.50 tables, so I failed to do the sensible thing and leave. He was easily the most aggressive player on the tables, and players attempted to adjust to his play in a wide variety of ways. His A-K stacked my Q-Q in a button versus big blind confrontation, but at the end of my 415 hands with him I managed to beat him out of $5.65. Despite my success, I think the next time I see him at my tables I'll wise up and take a break!
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