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February 23, 2012 17:00 ET

Guinness World Record Holder Bryan Berg Completes Sky Poker's Cardstacker Challenge UK Landmark Build, Revealing Big Ben and Parliament Built Out of Freestanding Playing Cards

The incredible feat stuns audiences at Stratford's Aspers Casino

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2012) -

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It was a task no one thought possible. Sky Poker challenged world-renowned cardstacker, Bryan Berg, to construct London's Big Ben and Houses of Parliament entirely out of freestanding playing cards in just seven days. It was a challenge so great that it demanded its own stage. For the past week, Bryan Berg has been in glamorous Aspers Casino, Stratford, London, surrounded by a gob-smacked audience, methodically building London's iconic landmark. Overseen by challenge setters Sky Poker, the UK's poker giants, the build has proven that Bryan Berg knows his playing cards. The amazing structure, now completed and with no aid of tape nor glue, is on view at Aspers Casino where visitors can marvel at his talents until Monday 27 February - knockdown day!

From the word go, Berg demonstrated what it takes to become a Guinness World Record cardstacker, recreating the UK's favourite landmark as voted by over 1,000 Sky Poker fans on their Facebook page. His deft hands, coupled with a strategic touch and magnificent mind allowed the build to take its amazing shape. From Parliament's foundations to the top of Big Ben, playing cards were stacked with meticulous accuracy, accompanied by the sound and flashes of cameras.

Berg climbed atop a ladder to complete Big Ben, reaching nearly 8 feet tall and sporting a clock face of jokers. Also on view are an equally impressive Victoria Tower, and the Houses of Parliament at an astounding 14 feet long and 8 feet wide. Visit Aspers between now and 27th February to guess the number of cards used in the build and win an exclusive poker experience for yourself and seven friends. The exact amount of cards and the contest winner will be announced just before the knockdown.

See the amazing structure before Monday's knockdown!

Drop into Aspers Casino to see Sky Poker's Cardstacker Challenge completed! Guests aged 18 and over are invited to see Bryan Berg's masterpiece daily at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City, 312 The Loft, Montfichet Road, Olympic Park, London. Press inquiries, please contact Claire Adams on


Sky Poker is the British Sky Broadcasting's online poker division, which allows users to play poker online on their website, and screens selected hands from various tournaments and cash games on Sky Poker TV, allowing players on the site to become the stars of the TV channel. Sky Poker focuses on UK poker players, with all play at the tables in pounds rather than dollars, as well as its own Sky Poker Tour around the country.

Sky Poker is licensed and regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC).

About 'Play The Nation'

Sky Poker is celebrating UK poker with 'Play the Nation'. The promotion is free to enter and runs throughout February. 'Play The Nation' pits poker players from around the UK in a nationwide competition to find out which region has the best poker players. Represent your region against the rest of the UK and double your bonuses if your area is victorious! Enter the promotion at

About Cardstacker Bryan Berg

Guinness World Record Holder for the Tallest House of Freestanding Playing Cards since 1992, cardstacker Bryan Berg also created the original Guinness World Record for the Largest House of Freestanding Playing Cards in 2004. Since age 17, Berg has been commissioned to break his own records more than a dozen times. His most recent tallest tower stood 26 feet, and his most recent largest contained 219,000 cards and required 44 days to construct. He continues to hold both records. Berg uses no tape, no glue, no folding, and no other tricks in his structures-just freestanding playing cards. Using a grid technique informed by patterns found in nature, his cardstacking has been tested in an engineering lab to support more than 660 pounds per square foot. Berg is trained as an architect, and earned a Master in Design Studies from Harvard. Cardstacking is Berg's full-time job. He has travelled throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa building projects for science and art museums, television, and special events.

About Aspers Casino

Aspers is a high quality and upscale British casino operator. A joint venture between the Aspinall family and Crown Limited, one of the world's leading gaming companies, Aspers Westfield Stratford City is the first of its kind to open in the UK. Open 24 hours per day, 364 days of the year, all guests over 18 are welcome. Aspers is a socially responsible game operator.

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