Could You Sit Alone In Total Darkness For 30 Days Straight? How About For $100K? That's An Actual Bet Happening In Vegas Right Now

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Have you ever considered how much time you spend in the bathroom? Maybe you take extra long showers or baths or play on your phone. There are even multiple studies on toilet time, with the results showing we spend anywhere from an hour and a half to upwards of three hours simply using the bathroom. Still, that's nowhere near the amount of time that poker player Rich Alati is planning to spend in a bathroom.

Rich Alati made a bet with fellow poker player Rory Young. The best is that Alati could spend 30 days straight in a pitch-black bathroom, totally secluded from the outside world. If he pulled it off, he'd win $100,000.

So, starting November 21, Alati has been locked in that bathroom in an "undisclosed location" in Las Vegas. In order to win $100k, he'll have to stay there until December 16.

Young did say that Alati is getting a fair amount of treatment, despite being in total darkness. As he explained to PocketFives: "The conditions are complete darkness, so no electronics, no light-emitting devices, no drugs of any kind. He is allowed any type of food that he wants. He has a bed in there, he has a shower and a bathtub. He has pretty lavish toiletries like Epsom salts, sugar scrubs, that kind of stuff."


Meals come every three to six days. To further disorient Alati, Young said the delivery will always be six days' worth of food, so Alati doesn't really know how much time he's spent in the bathroom.

Young was also surprised that Alati didn't ask for any kind of odds. Young said he would need at least $5 million to do the same bet. Alati apparently has a lower asking price.

So how did all of this come to actually happen? Well, maybe you and your friends have had hypothetical discussions about how much money you'd want to do something stupid. Like, say, if someone gave you a million dollars, you'd jump into a freezing cold lake. Of course, in those cases, you don't usually actually jump into the lake.

This bet is pretty much the same thing. Young said that he likes to ask people how long they think they could last in a dark room with no human interaction. He posed that query to Alati, who replied with the ambitious answer of "30 days."

And, well…here we are. There's a private link for family and close friends to view Alati. However, he can't communicate with them.

The bet has apparently inspired other ridiculous poker bets, too. Young said he recently got a call from Huckleberry Seed, a former World Series of Poker Main Event champion. Seed wanted to do a similar bet for a $1 million prize, but more difficult conditions: 40 days, no bed, no food for the first 21 days, and only water.

And for good measure, Seed said Young could throw cockroaches in the bathroom, too. Because why not?

If Alati does emerge victoriously, he'll be $100,000 richer. Let's just hope the hallway outside the bathroom doesn't have super bright lights.

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