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March 01, 2012 06:15 ET

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben Knocked Down as Sky Poker's Cardstacker Challenge Comes to an End

Soccer AM's Max Rushden demolishes Bryan Berg's playing card structure

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 1, 2012) -

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Unlike Guy Fawkes and his gang of gunpowder plotters, no secret tip-off stopped television presenter Max Rushden from destroying the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben last night. Rushden, best known for presenting Saturday morning show, Soccer A.M, was given the enviable task of kicking a football directly into Bryan Berg's equivalent playing card structure and officially ending Sky Poker's Cardstacker Challenge promotion.

Guinness World Record Holder Berg first began precise work building the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben on 15th February, methodically reconstructing London's two famous landmarks out of freestanding standard playing cards, with no aid of tape nor glue. His meticulous precision, coupled with his extraordinary strategic touch, meant the structure of over 50,000 playing cards was completed in only seven days, - during which the public were allowed to view his marvellous creation as it was built live in Stratford's Aspers Casino, London.

However in tribute to the old adage 'what comes up must come down', Berg's creation was publicly destroyed at 7pm last Monday, in what was billed as 'The Knockdown' by Sky Poker. Viewers unable to attend the 'demolition' live at the casino were also able to watch live streaming via Sky Poker's Facebook Page.

As Rushden's forceful shot flew towards the 14 foot wide 7 1/2 foot tall fragile freestanding structure, continuous flashes escaped from the cameras of those in the audience, desperate to capture images of the buildings rapid collapse. Unsurprisingly Rushden seemed pleased with his demolition work, yet one must feel for Berg who had to watch his latest piece tumble before his very eyes.

Watch the video of Max Rushden destroying the house of cards, or visit the Sky Poker Facebook page for a gallery of photos.


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 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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