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Online Casino News - January, 2008

Online Poker Playing Record Set at Poker Stars

by Devon Chappell, News Staff Writer

January 5, 2007

The is plenty good reason why the online poker room, Poker Stars, is the largest poker site on the Web today. Sure, it has done a stellar job marketing itself and securing high profile, real life poker stars. But what has truly prompted players to continually go back to Poker Stars are the tournaments and, you guessed it, the money.

Certainly there are many poker players who play for and enjoy the excitement of the game. But we can all probably admit that the prospects of winning thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars is a primary incentive and motivation to play. The most recent quarterly "Sunday Million" tournament, which had a buy-in of $1,050 and a guaranteed jackpot of $1.8 million, helped attract at least 1,800 players.

What was most impressive about the recent attendance at Poker Stars, however, went down in late December. Two days after Christmas, the online poker room reported that over 20,000 players were simultaneously logged online to compete in real money poker gaming. And just when things didn't look like they could get busier, Poker Stars broke this record a few days later with over 22,200 real money players logged online at once.

If you thought these numbers sounded low for a top-tier online poker room or casino, keep in mind this does not count the number of players logged on to watch the tables, learn how to play, or, practice with fun money. On December 20th, Poker Stars broke its former world record of hosting 100,000 site visitors at once, with an unprecedented 150,000 visitors. At this rate, it appears there is no stopping the growth of Poker Stars, online poker and online casino gambling for that matter.

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