Friday November 30, 2018 at 5:04 pm

Some prop bets are funny. Others are weird. And then there's the dangerous ones. Two poker players met each other playing in a cash game at the Bellagio and hammered out the terms of a $100,000 prop bet. Aussie pro Rory Young bet American grinder Rich Alati that Alati could not live inside a bathroom in total darkness for 30 days with no electronic devices and zero interaction with people. There were some finer details ironed out between the two and a private live stream was set up to keep tabs on Alati. The entire event is being recorded for a potential reality series. At the present moment, Alati has been in the dark for ten days and counting.

AlatiProp

Throw in two gamblers and a crazy idea in Vegas and anything can happen. How much would you sit in the dark for 24 straight hours? How about a week? Two weeks? 30 days? The average person would think it's insane. The edge-seeker would try to find a way to make it happen. Rory Young bet Rich Alati $100,000 that he couldn't last 30 days. Alati, without any training, felt confident he could pull it off.

Sometimes things get a little weird in Las Vegas. It happens. It's the nature of the beast. Sometimes, poker players do a lot of shit to pass the downtime. And there's tons of it. But if you mix two professional gamblers and come up with an interesting prop bet, then you have a formula for a compelling story. Or in this instance, compelling click bait.

If you have not heard the news today, oh boy, this one is a doozy. For a jaded vet like me, the headline would read: Degen poker player bets another degen poker player to do degen things.

Or perhaps: Another Day, Another Prop Bet.

If I worked in the UK, I'd gladly write, "Americans Will Do Stupid Shit for Cash."

And if I worked somewhere else in one of those millennial havens with a basketball court, Soul Cycle class, and a juice bar, then I'd scribble out: Man Sits in Dark for 30 Days to Win $100,000! You Won't Believe What Happened Next?

This is not the first bathroom bet. Andrew Robl popped up on the radar of the poker world when he bet Jay Kwik that he could not live inside the Bellagio bathroom for a month. That didn't last long for Kwik.

Dmoongirl initially posted something on Facebook about the wager and Chainsaw started a 2+2 thread. Aussie pro Rory Young is a chatty fellow. He plays Lodden Thinks to kill time at the tables. One of his go-to questions is about living inside a dark room for thirty days.

Young met Rich Alati at the Bellagio while playing cash games. The two got to chatting and the subject of the dark room came up. Alati didn't waste time or mince words. He would totally do it. After all, he survived a silent yoga retreat, so what's 30 days in darkness really?

Betting in the Dark

Lot of poker players talk shit at the tables. Very few will back it up with real money. Alati was the real deal and put his money where his mouth is.

The two hammered out the details for the wager. $100,000 to the winner. No odds. Total darkness. No clocks or watches. No human contact for 30 days. It's like being thrown in the hole in prison, but for cash money and no fears of being shanked.

Alati would have to pull off the feat with zero electronic devices. No drugs either, so he couldn't knock himself out with valium for 30 days. He could take vitamins and legal supplements. He got plenty of food and water, including Pop Tarts. Food deliveries from Flower Child would happen at random intervals every three to six days.

Alati wanted to do it before the end of the year and Christmas, so he headed into darkness shortly before Thanksgiving.

Young set up a location inside a Vegas house. Alati would live inside the bathroom inside a master bedroom. The area was childproofed and soundproofed. The door was altered to allow food and provisions to be passed through. He also had a mini-fridge (no light).

Night-vision cams were set up to monitor the activity. Alati had privacy in the shower and toilet area. Aside from that, the cams tracked his every move. The cams were set up for multiple reasons. For one, it was to keep tabs on Alati to make sure nothing bad happened. The main reason was to make sure he didn't cheat. And of course, the event would be recorded for potential reality show or documentary film purposes.

Hey, if you gonna do something crazy like this, you might as well cash in on your fifteen minutes of fame. Right?

Once word got out about the prop bet, both the poker community and normals weighed in on the topic. There was the usual responses from the squares like: "Poker players are crazy!" and the "This guy could die!" Moral implications came into play. But mostly those were shut down because both parties seemed to "have their shit together" and were not total mental cases looking for a quick buck.

Poker players were mostly perturbed by the lack of odds that Alati should have been getting. 3-1? 4-1? I think he should be getting at least $250K and then some.

Of course, this darkness prop bet also sparked a scientific debate. There have been no shortage of stories shared about light deprivation, studies on solitary confinement, and overall lack of human contact. Like those Japanese soldiers on deserted islands in the Pacific who thought they were still fighting WWII.

Prop Bet City

Some bets are fun, but harmless. Former Bluff Magazine editor Lance Bradley wore the same shirt every day for a year to win $8,000. I once bet a fellow reporter named Chip Bitch $20 to eat a flower. That's the ordinary madness that happens in the press box while following around the circuit.

Poker players have an affinity for prop bets. Others are renown for them, like Huck Seed. The former WSOP Main Event Champion won and lost his fair share of prop bets. The "Stand in the Ocean" wager was a hysterical one and probably the first time I heard about a Vegas pro doing crazy shit for cash.

Hellmuth and Seed were always trying to come up with wacky wagers. Hellmuth bet Seed he could not stand in the ocean for 24 straight hours for $50,000. Seed gave up after three hours.

Ted Forrest ran a marathon to win a prop bet. He and Mike Matusow were involved in numerous weight-loss wagers. One of the stipulations was “no amputation” which goes to show the extremities some folks would possibly go through to win a sizable wager.

Long-time vegetarian Howard Lederer ate a cheeseburger for $10,000 to end his non-meat phase.

Sam Abernathy, Brian Rast, and Dan Bilzerian all rode bicycles from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Abernathy pulled off the feat first. Bilzerian's ride became an event. And Rast wanted to prove that he could do it. And he pulled it off thanks to a couple of Vicodin to help him through the intense back pain.

Johnny World tried to live in Iowa for 30 days and gave up after... two.

Mike Noori failed to eat $1,000 worth of McDonalds last year.

Erik Lindgren almost died when he won his infamous golf bet in the blistering Nevada heat. Gavin Smith and Phil Ivey bet Lindgren he could not play four rounds of golf and shoot under 100 on each one, while carrying his clubs. Lindgren stayed up drinking until 4am the night before and pulled it off to win $340K.

By the way, Seed is totally interested in doing a similar prop bet. But he wanted to do it for a longer time and in harsher conditions. Of course, he wanted a cool million for his utter degeneracy. Maybe he should at least wait to see how Alati looks and feels after he emerges from solitary confinement.

Latest news
Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 3:18 am
Telex
Live at the Bike: Kitty Kuo, Marle Cordeiro and Kelly Minkin

Live at the Bike cash game stream is up and running right now from the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, CA. Tonight's marquee players include Marle Cordeiro , Kitty Kuo, and Kelly Minkin. The action is $5/$5 NL with a $50 Big Blind Ante. Check out the action here.

Monday February 24, 2020 at 8:24 am
Eric Afriat wins 2020 WPT Fallsview for 3rd WPT title

Canadian pro Eric Afriat took down his third WPT title since 2014. He's secured wins at the Borgata Casino in Atlanta City and the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. However, he finally won an event on his own soil. Afriat faded a field of 594 runners in the CAD $5,000 buy-in WPT Fallsview Classic at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Canada. Afriat banked $508,021 CAD or approximately $379K USD. Last year's champ, Demo Kiriopoulos, finished in fifth place and missed out on winning the same event in back-to-back years.

Sunday February 23, 2020 at 9:56 pm
Christopher Puetz wins 2020 WPT Germany for €270,000

Christopher Puetz outlasted a field of 510 players to win the 2020 WPT Germany at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. Puetz banked €270,000 (or approximately $293K USD) for the win and he faded a final six that included Josef Gulas, Laszlo Papai, Joep van den Bijgaart, Gianluca Speranza, and Farukh Tach. The 2019 WSOP Main Event champion, Hossein Ensan, finished in seventh place.

Thursday February 20, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Sahara Casino in Las Vegas re-opens their poker room

Poker returns to the historic Sahara Casino after a nine-year hiatus. The Sahara branding returned to the property in August 2019 after five years as the SLS. Six months after the Sahara reboot, the new seven-table poker room opened with a soft launch on February 14. The swanky poker room will cater to locals with a better overall poker experience, plus free parking with less than a five-minute walk to the newest room on the Strip in almost a decade.

Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 9:59 pm
Pablo Silva wins the 2020 partypoker MILLIONS South America

Brazil's Pablo Silva shipped the 2020 partypoker MILLIONS South America at the Enjoy Resort and Casino in Punta Del Este, Uruguay for $1 million. The $10,300 buy-in Main Event attracted 465 runners. Silva outlasted a final table that featured Dzmitry Urbanovich and also included Fabian Gunz, Fabio Colonese, Dan Rezaei, Andres Viola, Sergio Di Pego, Pedro Madeira, and Rafawl Caiaffa.

Friday February 14, 2020 at 3:59 pm
2020 WSOP: 14 online bracelet events added to schedule

The higher-ups at the 2020 World Series of Poker released their schedule for 14 online bracelet events, which is an uptick from last year's virtual schedule. Buy-ins will range from as low as $400 all the way up to $10,000. Players are eligible to play within the state limits of Nevada and/or New Jersey. All 14 online events at WSOP.com are bracelet events.

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 11:03 pm
Awkwafina to Star in Phil Ivey edge sorting film 'Baccarat Machine'

Awkwafina will star in a new film titled 'Baccarat Machine', which is based on a Michael Kaplan article about the Phil Ivey edge sorting case and his accomplice, Kelly Sun (real name Cheung Yin Sun). Awkwafina will play Kelly Sun, the mysterious Chinese woman who accompanied Ivey during highstakes baccarat adventures in Australia, Asia, Monte Carlo, and the United Kingdom. The two bilked casinos for millions by Sun manipulating edge sorting techniques in their favor. The two were eventually busted.

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 1:59 am
Phil Galfond stuck €900K, Galfond Challenge vs. VeniVidi postponed

Phil Galfond suspended the Galfond Challenge against VeniVidi after losing over €900,000 over 15 sessions playing €100-200 PLO. The two played less than 10,000 hands of the 25,000-hand challenge. Galfond wants to take an extended break while thinking about his decision to quit or continue to play on. For now, Galfond will pay a €3,000 per day penalty while missing scheduled playing days.

Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm
2020 PSPC Platinum Madness: 21 Platinum Passes in 21 days

The folks at PokerStars are running a new promotion for their 2020 PokerStars Players Championship, which will be hosted in Barcelona, Spain at the end of the summer. Starting today, PokerStars will award 21 Platinum Passes to the 2020 PSPC over the next 21 days. They dubbed this maddening promotion, "Platinum Madness", which has a catchy ring to it.

Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 2:26 am
WSOP Circuit: Philip Shing wins Potawatomi (Milwaukee) Main Event

Brooklyn's Philip Shing won his second WSOP Circuit ring with a victory at the WSOPC Potawatomi (Milwaukee). The $1,700 buy-in Main Event outside Milwaukee attracted 524 runners. Shing faded the field and outlasted a final table that included Ken Donarski, John Gallaher, James Pupillo, Cero Zuccarello, Chris Roth, Michael Hartzheim, Marcus Yofon, and Fadi Hamad.

Thursday February 6, 2020 at 5:27 pm
2020 WSOP: All 25 $1,500 events added to schedule

The World Series of Poker continued to release their 2020 schedule a little bit at a time. In the latest update, the WSOP added all 25 events at the $1,500 price point. There will be at least 18 different games and variants played at the popular $1,500 price point. The Milly Maker is one of those branded events at the $1,500 price point along with a Mystery Bounty, the Closer, Monster Stack, and the Fifty Stack.

Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Macau shuts down casinos for 2 weeks to contain coronavirus

On February 5, announced they were shutting down all casinos for two weeks during an outbreak of coronavirus that killed at least 500 people in mainland China. Hong Kong and Macau reported their first cases of coronavirus, including a casino worked in Macau. Hong Kong also reported its first death from coronavirus. Macau's decision to shut down gambling operations for two weeks could not come at a worst time. Casinos in Macau saw a huge downturn in profits over the last year, including four consecutive months of declining revenue.

Monday February 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm
Doyle Brunson loses $175K betting on San Francisco to win Super Bowl

While America prepared for Super Bowl Sunday between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, Doyle Brunson revealed he has bet on every Super Bowl since the first one back in 1967. Tex Dolly fired away at the San Francisco 49ers and kept firing away. By kickoff, he loaded up $175,000 on the 49ers. However, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Niners 31-20 to win Super Bowl 54 and Tex Dolly coughed up $175K.

Friday January 31, 2020 at 7:32 am
2020 WPT Winter Borgata Poker Open: Veerab Zakarian chip leader at final table

The 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, hosted at the swanky Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, played down to its final table after starting with 1,290 runners. The final six resumes action in Las Vegas at the HyperX eSports Arena on April 1. Veerab Zakarian bagged the chip lead with 12M. The rest of the final table include Brian Altman, James Anderson, Andrew Hanna, Bin Weng, and Nathan Russler. Altman seeks a third WPT title and second in 2020 after winning the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open a week ago.

Wednesday January 29, 2020 at 9:56 pm
2020 WSOP: Nine high roller events on schedule including $250K Super High Roller

Nine high roller events ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 will be on the 2020 WSOP schedule this summer at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The WSOP added a $250,000 Super High Roller to go alongside the $100,000 High Rollers. There's four $50K events including the Poker Players Championship and a trio of $25K events including the Heads-Up Championship.

Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 1:31 am
2020 WSOP: 17 new events added including Freezeout Series and $250K Super High Roller

The World Series of Poker announced 17 new events to the 2020 WSOP schedule including the "Freezeout Series" or six single-entry events ranging from $500 to $5,000. Three more High Roller events were added including a $250,000 Super High Roller and $50,000 PLO. There's also the mysterious $1,500 buy-in "Mystery Bounty NL" event, a Mixed 9-Game, and the Heads-Up bracelet will now have a buy-in of $25,000.

Thursday January 23, 2020 at 1:24 am
Brian Altman wins WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, First player to win same event twice

Brian Altman made World Poker Tour history when he became the first player to win the same event twice. Altman shipped the 2015 WPT Lucky Hearts Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida and he just took down the 2020 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in a history victory. Altman faded a field of 843 players to win $482,636 and a seat into the season-ending Tournament of Champions.

Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 1:33 am
Telex
Aussie Millions Main Event Down to 37

Day 4 of the 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event is about to start with 37 remaining out of 820. First place pays out $1.85 million AUD. Nino Ullmann from Germany is the chipleader. Also still alive are Maning Loeser, Erik Seidel, Bryce Yockey, Fabian Quoss, Randy Lew, Pete Chen, and Mike Del Vecchio. They intend to play down to a final table. can stream the action on PokerGO.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites:

Tournaments Club Poker
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
tomorrow at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 5, 2020 at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 12, 2020 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 19, 2020 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 26, 2020 at 7:04 pm
$125 added