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PokerStars set a new world record

Tags: guinness world record, poker, pokerstars, tournament, world record.
Posted on 28 December 2009 by "T".

Not long ago, PokerStars announced that they will try to break the old record of the biggest online poker tournament. The old record was already held by themselves as they had 65,000 players in the same tournament last summer. Yesterday, it was time for a new world record attempt. To make sure that this tournament would be interesting to take part in, PokerStars guaranteed a prize pool of $300,000 where the top 30,000 players would get a piece of the cake.

So how did it go?
Thanks to the low buy-in and the big guarantee this tournament offered not less than 149,196 players took part and a new world record was a fact as the old record had been beaten with almost 85,000 players. The winner of the tournament, Oskar69, received $50,000 in first place prize.

It will be interesting to see how long it takes before another world record attempt takes place and if Full Tilt or some other site will try to break PokerStars record.


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 Joe_Average28/12/2009 11:07:44 GMT
Pokerstars spends tons on servers, its one of the things I like about them: its rarely slow.
This promotion has cost them $150.000 to start with, but I am sure they earn it back in notime Smile
 teteban28/12/2009 11:56:16 GMT
Could someone explain the mismatch between the player numbers? It says no less than 149k people took part, but that the old record had been broken with 85K (and earlier it said the old record was 65K!). Am I missing something?
 Joe_Average28/12/2009 12:00:13 GMT
Posted by teteban:
Could someone explain the mismatch between the player numbers? It says no less than 149k people took part, but that the old record had been broken with 85K (and earlier it said the old record was 65K!). Am I missing something?

Easy: the old record was 65k indeed, now they had 85k more.
65 + 85 = 150 , close enough to 149.196 imo Smile
 tiltfish6628/12/2009 12:11:38 GMT
maybe we ll get further world record tries soon enough but i dont see any other site besides pokerstars that could do it (break the record)
 Tchungpo28/12/2009 12:24:39 GMT
hehe i was in guys : i participate to a world record xD i want my name in the guiness book Tongue lol
And i would like to say GG to the lucky Oskar ! 50 000 000% ROI !!!
 mazas28/12/2009 13:47:29 GMT
Posted by shokaku:
Full Tilt would not been able to handle such a large tourney with their current server infrastucture. So this record is safe untill Full Tilt ups its server farm

think that never full tilt beat pokerstar if both poker sites grow so fast as is there at this time now
now only pokerstar can do so big tourneys because they use the most progresing system and have the bigest servers

hope u understood that i want to say Worship
 Fakiry28/12/2009 16:11:06 GMT
30 thousand prizes? Wow! That is an interesting number to try and make part of this atempt. Ok, so there will be more than 70,000 players running for it, but almost half of it will win something, which is not bad at all...
 Chartoule28/12/2009 16:31:00 GMT
Congrats to Pokerstars. Set this record with that amount of people!!!! I can´t play it, maybe in the next try!!
 ChoonT28/12/2009 17:34:15 GMT
next year 200k-players tournament with 2 min blinds Blink
 biggteee28/12/2009 17:37:03 GMT
nice tournament went fast i finished 16,867 some where around there. It was nice to know i was part of a world record
 friday42028/12/2009 17:40:18 GMT
yea its was a goood tourny i got 10,000 place lol almost haha
 luis314128/12/2009 18:45:52 GMT
150.000 players! Really cool to win one of those.
 marble2228/12/2009 19:08:28 GMT
yes is amaising!
i realy dont know if in next two yers is possible mre than that!
 wardy3228/12/2009 21:45:10 GMT
id say ot was more like playing the lotto than playing poker...

well done to all involved Blink
 Ali_c28/12/2009 21:57:52 GMT
was 1 of the first to get out, on the first hand Big Smile , all in with 85o and 2 callers 1 with AK another with QQ
 psycokiller29/12/2009 05:51:49 GMT
I wouldn't even want to be involved with that large of a tourny. Noway I could spend that much time to try to win
 ZmxPowah29/12/2009 06:01:57 GMT
Really nice achievment , PS* is the biggest Poker site for sure.
It would be really hard for the other Poker Rooms to achieve something like that.
 SuperNoob29/12/2009 06:35:36 GMT
surely pokerstars is the biggest site in mtts, fulltilt didn't even give a shot to compete after failing miserably last time they tried to do so when pokerstars created their last record.
 xxxbchxxx29/12/2009 07:03:33 GMT
Well thats wicked.... well done to Oskar69 $50,000 thats a nice prize..
Does anyone know how long it took to play out?
Thats a lot of people to get in and out.
Well done pokerstars nice world record.
 LaBaiz29/12/2009 09:08:35 GMT
congratulations to pokerstars and to those who participated as they all set a world record together. I wasn't participating, maybe if FTP gives a shot at it I will be there. Blink
 leroi2130/12/2009 01:58:45 GMT
i dont think that ftp gonna try to break this record because their server cant andle a big tounament like 150k people
 AA-Daelt-AA30/12/2009 20:51:54 GMT
im not sure any other site is able to break that record, pokerstar has the most traffic and enough funds to guarantee that kind of prize and low buy in tournament.
after all the highstakes actions putting highlights on full tilt, pokerstars had to bring attention back to them and they did it very well.
 FenoMeno02/01/2010 21:22:01 GMT
I hope Full Tilt will broke this record, because I like Full Tilt better than PokerStars Big Smile Smile
 Sttopid03/01/2010 10:37:42 GMT
right on brotha, go ftp, brake that record
 Raggamann03/01/2010 23:24:27 GMT
pokerstars just "bought" the record, look at the overlay, the record costs stars more than 150k$. thats just a stupid marketing gag, i hope they don't go on with that stuff.

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