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Exclusive: An Inside Look at the Contract for the $100K Solitary Confinement Bet

Dec 11, 2018 9:12 AM EST
  • Monday is Day 19 of the 30-day solitary confinement bet between professional poker players Rory Young and Rich Alati.
  • We've obtained the 11-page contract between Young and Alati, which reveals more specifics on the wager.

Last week, the $100,000 solitary confinement bet between poker players Rory Young and Rich Alati garnered a ton of attention, including from us here at The Action Network. We interviewed Alati’s father Richard, the only person in Alati’s family who is allowed to know where his son is staying.

Today, we obtained the 11-page contract between Young and Alati, with the length speaking to exactly how serious of a wager this is.

To refresh: The two bet $100,000 on whether Alati could stay in a dark, enclosed space without any connection to the outside world for 30 days.

If he lasts the whole time, Alati wins $100,000. If he doesn’t, he pays Young $100,000.

Monday marks the 19th day Alati is in the room.

Here are the highlights of the contract:

  • The two put the $100,000 in escrow with a lawyer prior to start of the bet, which was Nov. 21. The winner gets the money within a week of the bet being settled.
  • Both Young and Alati chose a representative from their side to represent their best interest.
  • A three-judge arbitration panel has been named in case there is any dispute about the bet.
  • The document has a waiver that absolves Young from responsibility for anything that Alati endures including “death, disability, blindness, diminished vision, loss of any eye function” as well as mental and emotional trauma.
  • The room where Alati is staying, referred to as the chamber, features a mattress, shower, bath, laundry and trash basket, and a fridge with the lights removed.
  • Alati is not allowed to use drugs, any communication/light-emitting devices and must not have any object that conveys time or date.
  • Alati submitted to a blood or urine test before entering room and Young may take a sample from him every time there is a delivery. Tests are allowed to show Alati’s pre-workout supplement and amino acids, but nothing else that’s not in proportion.
  • Alati will get food delivered in between three- and six-day intervals. It has been randomized so Alati can’t figure out how long he’s been in the room.
  • Alati can request certain foods, but Young may decline those requests.
  • The loser of the bet pays the expenses for the wager — upwards of $7,000.
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