Remember the latest crazy prop bet involving a poker player having to endure 30 days in a dark room without having any human interaction for $100,000? Well, now names have been revealed, and the latest news is that his dad is very concerned about the possible negative mental effects this prop bet would do to a person if left in the dark for a whole month.
The poker player who agreed to do this insane prop bet is named Rich Alati (left in below picture), and he made a bet against another poker player, Rory Young (right in below picture). The bet is simple yet very hard to accomplish for most people: Alati must spend 30 days in a dark confined room without any outside stimulation, be it human or technology.
Rory Young said that the bet was hatched in a casual discussion at a poker table, when he asked, "How long do you think you could last in a dark room, with no human interaction?" to which Alati answered 30 days. In just an hour, they made a bet.
As of writing, Rich Alati is still inside the dark room, trying to complete the 30-day challenge. The location hasn't been made public but it is in Las Vegas. He has been given a bed, a bathtub to keep himself clean, and food in the fridge (no light). Other than that, he's alone with his thoughts and no exposure to the outside world.
Last Friday (December 7), Alati was confirmed to be in the room. The bet reportedly (not confirmed) began November 21, which means that as of that Friday, he had endured 16 days already.
The Action Network was able to get some comments from Alati's dad, Richard, who has been given authority to decide in calling the bet off if he finally feels his son isn't faring well at some point within the 30-day period. He said, "I would consult with other family members before doing that."
Richard only knew about his son's bet after it has been settled. He said, "I gave him a chance to talk me through it and hear him out. He's in a profession where they do things that other people wouldn't do."
Richard, and a small group of others approved to watch, will be able to see a closed-access system of live 24/7 video footage showing his son in the dark room. The dad expressed his concerned reaction on this bet, "There is very particular equipment placed in the room. I can see in a grainy way what's happening. I'm definitely concerned, but I chose to focus on the positive, wishing for a successful completion of the wager. My kids don't always follow my direction, but I will back them and support them to the end of the world. I have a confidence in my son. Given his life experiences, I believe he can do anything he sets his mind to as a goal. I brought him up to be hard working, resilient and we don't quit."
As part of the bet, Richard also is allowed to come to the room during food deliveries. These deliveries are spaced a couple days or so, but not at specific times so that his son (who doesn't know what time it is as he doesn't have a clock) has no idea how many days he has been staying in the room so far. Richard said, "I can buy food that has been pre-approved and be there for the delivery."
Richard confirmed he had just recently delivered food to him along with a team led by Young. When the food delivery is being made, his son was moved to another isolated part of the room. When the food has been delivered, his son went back to the original area.
Richard said, "I followed them in. I did nothing and said nothing."
According to online scores, Rich Alati's career tournament wins are at $333,661, so if he is able to make it through this bet, the $100,000 could be a very significant win for him. However, his dad doesn't believe that the money here is his son's main motivation. He said, "I think that he's doing this for more than the money. I think number 1, it's about the challenge of doing it."
In many parts of the world, there are prison cells that bear witness to the damaging and potential permanent effects of solitary confinement in humans. Those who have been subjected to this punishment have said that it is a form of serious torture that equates to being ‘buried alive'.
Will Rich Alati make it (still mentally intact)? What about you, for $100,000, can you endure solitary confinement in a dark bathroom for 30 days?