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Online Poker Tournament at Poker Stars Beats Guinness Book World Record

28 December 2009 by Devon Chappell

When Poker Stars set out to break it’s former Guinness Record for World’s Largest Poker Tournament, nobody thought they would have done so by twofold. But that’s what you get with the world’s most popular online poker room. If there ever was any debate on whether or not Poker Stars was the largest and most popular poker room, there should be no question after yesterday’s world record smashing game.

Bringing in 149,196 players in the last Sunday poker tournament for 2009, Poker Stars blasted its former record of 65,000 players. Needless to say, the low $1 buy-in and timing the tournament to take place over Christmas weekend certainly helped with these numbers. Still, there is no denying that online poker continues to grow more popular with players the world over. Poker Stars, which is open to U.S. poker players, is certainly leading the way in making this happen.

As for the World Record tournament, nearly 100,000 players caught wind of it and signed up in the last 72 hours before the registration deadline. And as quick as the players came rolling in, the tournament was over in the blink of an eye. Finalized in just six hours, a player going by screen name “oskar69” walked away the winner with $50,000 cash in his pocket. The remaining $250,000 prize pool was split up amongst the next 30,000 players down the line.

Elsewhere at Poker Stars, the Sunday Million produced a hefty pot, dishing out the largest win of the day to Larry “BBOY3110” Sharp. Even though Sharp’s big prize was worth over $213,400, it was “Coach6999” who won the tournament, walking out with over $143,400. The Sunday Majors also produced some large pots, as seven different players emerged with six-figure scores.

Sunday Majors would have been even larger if Full Tilt poker room’s server hadn’t unexpectedly crashed on Sunday. Cough, cough…yet another reason why I don’t like Full Tilt. The downtime was so extensive that Full Tilt was forced to void all tournaments and award players based on chip counts at the time of the crash. Poker Stars, on the other hand, was more than adequately prepared to handle the world’s largest poker tournament ever to take place. A tip of the hat to all the Poker Stars out there. 🙂

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