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Poker Stars in the News: Upcoming Tournament Could be Largest to Date; 9/11 Cop Wins Million Dollar Challenge

24 December 2009 by Devon Chappell
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The leading U.S. facing online poker room, and the most popular poker room at that, Poker Stars, has been in the news of late, shooting the final episode for the first season of the “Poker Stars Million Dollar Challenge”, and getting geared up for what could possibly be the largest online poker tournament to date – that is the Guinness World Record for largest poker tournament.

The news that technically shouldn’t be news to begin with, has to do with the results of the final table at the Poker Stars Million Dollar Challenge, which is scheduled to be aired on FOX December 27, 2009. However, due to a leak provided to the New York Post, the final results have already been published for the whole world to see. What makes the outcome of this event especially newsworthy is that the winner is a retired NYC detective who was one of the first officers on the scene at Ground Zero on 9/11.

Officer Mike Kosowski, who was originally an alternate to compete in the tournament after placing fourth in a Poker Stars online qualifier satellite tournament, ended up getting to compete in the final event after all show four players were knocked out in the first round. After winning a consolation sit ‘n go, Kosowski went on to face three other show winners at the final table, beating them out to compete in head’s up play against noted poker professional, Daniel Negreanu.

Besides the fact that an underdog won the Poker Stars Million Dollar Challenge, what’s so great about this particular tournament is that it was won by a national hero. Not only was Kosowski one of the first emergency personnel on the scene at Ground Zero, while helping evacuate civilians, Kosowski was thrown ten feet in the air after the South World Trade tower collapsed, consequently receiving burns on his head and neck.

Retiring shortly after the trauma of 9/11, Kosowski turned to online poker to help him occupy his time (encouraged to do so by his wife, who was cheering him on all the while at the final table). As it turns out, the decision to join Poker Stars has been another “life changer” for Kosowski, who says he is still on an emotional high and wondering if he is living a dream. As mentioned, the taped action at the final table with Kosowski will air on FOX Sunday, December 27th, beginning at 5 pm.

Now, onto other Poker StarsĀ  news and events, which for all the online poker players out there, is what it’s all bout, right? Also taking place December 27th (beginning at 2:45 EST) will be the start of a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool poker tournament, which could end up being the largest online poker tournament to date if enough players sign up. In fact, the whole point of the tournament is beat Poker Stars current world record of 65,000 players. Currently, there are nearly 50,000 registered players.

Not only are there three days still to go for 15,000 more players to sign up, satellite tournaments are taking place round the clock. Furthermore, the buy-in is just $1, which is as cheap as a non-freeroll poker tournament can get. With the top prize valued at $50,000, and the top 30,000 finishers guaranteed cash winnings, that is one investment worth the risk. If you’ve never participated in an online poker tournament before, this is a great, cost-effective opportunity to get a taste of what an online poker tournament is like. Visit Poker Stars to open a free account now. Read the OCS Poker Stars Review for more information.

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