PokerStars smashes tournament Guinness World Record
We knew it was going to be big, but PokerStars players showed just how much they are up for a challenge by not only beating the Guinness World Record for the largest online poker tournament ever held - but absolutely smashing it. Beating it to a pulp. Pulverising it. Well, you get the idea.
An amazing 65,000 - yes, that's 65,000 - sat down to enjoy the $1 event, topping the previous record by a huge 30,000. Wow, just wow!
It was no super-turbo structure, either. Each player started with 2,000 chips and enjoyed ten-minute levels, meaning there was plenty of play. Even so, it was all over in just under ten hours, with player 004 license coming out on top for a $13,000 pay day.
That's some ROI for a $1 outlay, while the feeling of having bested 64,999 others must be pretty cool!
PokerStars only announced our bid to beat the record - which we set ourselves back in December - on Friday, and by Saturday pre-registration was well ahead of the 35,001 required to do it.
As registration continued to rise, we reached the 65,000-player cap some time before the 2.10pm (ET) start time yesterday - and poker history was re-written.
PokerStars doubled the prize pool from $65,000 to $130,000, allowing us to pay an incredible 16,250 finishers, meaning a huge chunk got to cash in a record-breaking event.
So there you have it: when you want to break records and enjoy the biggest and the best poker on the planet, then PokerStars is the place to be.
Thank you to everyone who took part, we hope you had a blast.
Top ten finishers:
1 004 license, $13,000
2 I_SCORPIO_I, $11,000
3 nawyk, $9,000
4 papadragon95, $7,500
5 tjopsjoap, $6,000
6 Vortex2, $4,500
7 Bigbob0630, $3,000
8 FrankyFoReal, $1,750
9 caska_137, $1,250
10 BBRRAASSIILL, $825