The details of one of most talked about prop bets in recent poker history came to light Thursday and the poker world can’t stop buzzing about it.
During a heads-up match at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, poker professionals Rory Young and Rich Alati came to an arrangement for a $100,000 prop bet that would send Alati into a pitch black bathroom for 30 days.
There were no odds given, just each pro putting up $100K. Alati is immersed in darkness with nothing but randomized food delivery, toiletries, a Rubik’s Cube and time on his hands. No electronics, no light-emitting devices, and no drugs or sleep aides to help Alati pass the time.
The thought of spending an entire month cut off from society with no human interaction in complete darkness brought out visceral reactions on whether this not only could be done, but should be done.
Apparently there’s a poker player undertaking a $100k bet where he must live in a bathroom in complete darkness & isolation FOR 30 DAYS STRAIGHT. No entertainment or way to tell time. Food provided at randomized intervals.
Fast-track to insanity, imo. What odds you give him?
— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) November 29, 2018
Daniel Negreanu firmly stood in one camp.
There is no price. I would never ever do this. It’s likely to cause irreparable damage to his mind
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) November 30, 2018
And on the other side, Super High Roller Bowl champion Brian Rast though it was definitely doable.
All the people saying this is impossible are underestimating what someone can do when they are willing to push themselves to the limit. That said, for a person without complete mental health (anxiety, etc…) this could be not doable.
— Brian Rast (@tsarrast) November 30, 2018
But for many of those who read the article and saw the conditions, it seemed like Alati is going to have a hard time finishing this out.
This is a bad on many levels. I don’t think he’ll make it. You have to train for something like this. David Blaine wouldn’t even attempt this.
— Ethan vanKlaveren (@EthanVKpoker) November 30, 2018
0% chance of completion. He’ll be eating his lips by day 10.
— Craig Federspiel (@CFedLV) November 30, 2018
That’s insane. I remember VSauce did a week in a very small room. But there was lights. But he was by himself for a week straight with a bed, toilet, food/water, but nothing to entertain yourself. That messed him up bad. 30 days in pitch blackness for only $100k? That’s a nope 👎🏻
— Juggs (@Juggleypuff) November 30, 2018
I know Rich a tiny bit. Cocky kid, somewhat has a reason to be, but he’s written a check here his mind can’t cash.
— Daliman (@daliman13) November 30, 2018
I hope his mom gets wind of it, walks right through the doors and slaps him silly, but only after she slaps Rory Young silly. Now somehow that’s a prop bet I’d be interested in seeing. O/U how long it takes momz to catch wind and slap everyone silly.
— Elainer (@elaine_7777) November 30, 2018
No shot at winning.
— Joshua sisak (@Pkrguy23) November 29, 2018
It’s not just the enormity of the task that had people talking. The fact that Alati didn’t even get odds on what feels like a potentially difficult and dangerous task had some scratching their heads including Team PokerStars Online’s Fintan Hand.
I think the fact that he can leave whenever he want makes it very different. He has options which might keep him sane.
Still think he’s dumb for taking the bet and sillier for doing so at even odds.
— Fintan Hand (@EasyWithAces) November 29, 2018
Anyone who has 100k to risk on this doesn’t value 100k enough to stick it out once they realize how hard it’s going to be. Especially when you consider that it’ll be hard to know if you’re on day 20 or day 29 at that point. Huge dog.
— Jon Aguiar (@JonAguiar) November 29, 2018
He can’t be the sharpest tool in the shedd if he didnt get odds OR get 1 device to bring in bathroom. Young couldn’t it in any better. Dude in bathroom is probably thinking how dumb this bet was & hes gna giveup day 16
— kevin (@kevinjenig) November 30, 2018
The thought of completing this prop bet seemed to really strike a nerve. But not everyone thought that Alati got the worst of it. Some even chimed in thinking they could do something like this…especially for $100K (or less).
Easy, I would do double that… $100k no problemo
— Kadzey McAdam (@kadzey10) November 30, 2018
If anyone wants to make the same bet with me, I’m up for it.
— David Messer (@EtzEchad) November 30, 2018
You have to be a certain type of personality to survive this. I think I could do this. But we are in way different financial positions:) I wish him the best.
— Gabe Nagy (@gabenagynyc) November 30, 2018
I’ll do it for 50k
— Michael Rossi (@rossboss52) November 29, 2018
I’d snippity snap take that shit. Do some callisthenics daily, become a rubix master and depression nap the rest of the time away.
— Raz_FX/SC2📊 (@Raz0r_FX_SC2) November 29, 2018
Not to be outdone by this outrageous prop bet is one of the kings of poker prop bets, Huck Seed who not only would take on this challenge but wants to up the ante for $1M. The conditions he laid out were even more savage than the current prop bet. Seed suggests 40 days, no bed, no food for the first 21 days and he also said there could be “some cockroaches in the bathroom.”
The moral of the story is that @HuckleberrySeed is a savage 😂🤷🏻♂️
— Szabolcs Szalai (@rainbowfl0p) November 30, 2018