The $100K Solitary Confinement Bet Ends Early: Poker Players Settle on $62,400 Payout

Dec 11, 2018 02:21 PM EST
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Commerce Casino Tournaments (left) and WPT (right). Pictured: Rich Alati and Rory Young

  • The $100,000 solitary confinement bet between poker players Rory Young and Rich Alati ended on Monday night -- 10 days before it was scheduled.
  • Young approached Alati, who was the one in solitary confinement, with a settlement proposal.
  • The two came to an agreement on Monday, which was the Day 20 of the challenge.

The $100,000 solitary confinement bet between two poker players is over, the man who agreed to pay up, Rory Young, told The Action Network.

Young said he went in for a food delivery on Monday to Rich Alati, who was in a confined space for 20 days and, when Alati was still in good spirits, decided to negotiate a buy out.

The bet was scheduled to go for 30 days.

Young said he initially offered $25,000 for Alati to immediately exit the room, where he had been in darkness since entering on Nov. 21. Alati said no. Eventually, the two settled on Young paying $62,400.

“I saved a chunk of change,” Young said.

Young had been monitoring Alati by live video feed since the start of the bet. He told The Action Network on Friday that he couldn’t believe how lucid Alati was and thought he was going to lose the bet.

“At the last food drop, he was stronger than ever,” Young said Friday. “I underestimated his mindset, his resolve. I’m not disappointed I made the bet, I thought I had the better side, but he has exceeded all my expectations.”

On Monday, The Action Network detailed the ironclad contract between the two.

Alati entered what was described as a master bathroom on Nov. 21 after being drug tested.

The contract specified that Alati get food of his choice delivered every 3-6 days, with the rotation randomized so that he wouldn’t have any idea how long he was in the environment.

Young said Alati had a general sense of how long he had been in there, even revealing that he could tell night and day by the faint sound of landscaping.

Young said he hasn’t transferred the money to Alati yet.

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