PokerStars breaks world record for largest tournament

10th-ann-thumb.JPGIt became very clear many days ago that PokerStars would be making history today. Our previous Guinness World Record for the largest poker tournament was 149,196 players, and we zoomed passed that figure in early registrations so fast that the 200,000 cap was reached well before kick-off today. So a huge pat on the back to all of you who took part in the $1 tournament - a representative from Guinness World Records has approved the result. You're all record-breakers!

At the time of writing, play in the tournament is still going on, with 11,000 hardy souls still in with a shout for the $50,000 first prize, a very healthy return on a $1 buy-in. While legions of you were playing at home all around the world, some folk got together to play at the Prague Hilton hotel, where EPT Prague starts tomorrow.

Just moments after being officially unveiled as a member of Team PokerStars Pro, WSOP runner-up Martin Staszko joined some of his new team mates to play in the tournament. Sitting with him were Fatima Moreira de Melo, Martin Hruby, Richard Toth, Marcin Horecki and Dag Palovic as well as some PokerStars players who were invited to join in the fun and have some drinks on us.

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Martin Staszko (left), playing with Martin Hruby and Dag Palovic

Watching all this was Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who confirmed the entry field of 200,000 and then promptly handed Fatima an official Guinness certificate while being showered with confetti and streamers.

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Celebration: Gaz Deaves of Guinness confirms the world record is smashed...

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... and presents Fatima Moreira de Melo with the official certificate

As the tournament itself is still a long way from finishing, we'll bring you the full results tomorrow, and also try and get a chat with the winner. If you're still in, the very best of luck to you!

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Some balloons and the screen tell the story in Prague

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It's our anniversary

Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in News