A poker player has locked himself in a blackened room with just a bath and a bed for 30 days as part of a bet.
Rich Alati, who once won half a million dollars on the tables in Las Vegas, has not seen sunlight since November 21 and still has a way to go.
The bizarre stunt is part of a bet created by Rory Young, a friend and fellow poker player.
The players are in with the chance of winning £78,000 ($100,000) in what’s known as a “prop bet” – to test the mental strength of the players when they aren’t at the table.
He has been banned from electrical devices, music, no drugs of any kind. He is allowed whatever food he likes though – but his friends deliver it at sporadic times throughout the day so that he has no idea of time or how long he has been in the room.
His friends and family can watch him via a livestream for his safety, but they are not allowed to communicate with him – something his sister particularly struggled with.
Rory told news.com.au : “She tried very hard not to get him to pull out and he wasn’t having it. She’s pretty worried.
“I’m definitely concerned,” he said. “But I chose to focus on the positive, wishing for a successful completion of the wager.
“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.”
He added: “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”.