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PokerStars Shatters Online Tournament World Record

Posted at 10:49 2009-07-22
PokerStars, Full Tilt and ‘world record’ have been the buzzwords circulating around the poker world in recent days, as the two poker sites have clashed heads in their bid to reign supreme.

Up until last week, the Guinness World Record for the largest online poker tournament belonged to PokerStars when they hosted 35,000 players in an $11 buy-in tournament earlier this year. As part of their five-year anniversary celebrations, Full Tilt threw their hat into the ring, offering a $5 buy-in ‘Record Breaker’ event on Sunday, July 19 capped at 50,000 players.

The build-up from Full Tilt with their cheap satellite schedule and the offer from both sites to buy into the tournament with frequent player points were well received. However, PokerStars came out swinging to retain their title by counter-offering a $1 tournament capped at 65,000 players, scheduled to start approximately one hour before their rival. Full Tilt did not remove or alter their cap when their tournament started, thus PokerStars remained the record holder!

As a result, the players were the big winners, many taking part in both tournaments simultaneously. The value for both tournaments was also the best that money could buy – Full Tilt and PokerStars doubled the prize pool, offering USD $500,000 and USD $130,000 respectively.

004 license took down the PokerStars record-breaking event, pocketing USD $13,000 after defeating 64,999 players. Meanwhile breo40 was the big winner in the Full Tilt tournament, although the field was 15,000 players shy of the mark, the first place prize of USD $45,000 was nothing to be sneezed at and the victory was a phenomenal achievement in itself.

This war is by no means over – this epic rivalry between PokerStars and Full Tilt is certain to continue, much to the delight of poker players worldwide. Watch this space.

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