It's been non-stop action for the team at PokerStars as the year enters into its third month we’ve already seen the world's largest poker site tear through a massive schedule that includes major milestones on its website as well as the expansion of its “bricks-and-mortar” tournament tour empire.
PokerStars.com continues to break records online, stemming from its Guinness Records success that saw the website break its own world record for the largest poker tournament (capped at 35,000 players). More recently, Piposko from Slovakia became the 20 millionth player to register on the online poker website, earning himself an entry into a $215 tournament.
Another major milestone for PokerStars.com also came along this month as the 25 billionth hand was played out. Five players and several hundred virtual railbirds saw the hand unfold on a $1/$2 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo table. NeonFrost and tupapi777 split the pot and $100,000, whilst the remaining three players each shared another $100,000 for being on the table. Given that there was also a $50,000 WSOP package on offer for the winner, it was decided by PokerStars that both players would receive the prize.
In other online news, the schedule for the 2009 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) has also been announced, beginning in April. It is expected that the ten-day event will generate over $30 million in prizemoney. The unique feature of this championship is that there are stakes for all players across all games (low, medium and high), which include Hold’em, H.O.R.S.E., Omaha and other mixed games.
Two SCOOP tournaments will be played each day and players can register for as little as a few dollars or by redeeming their Frequent Player Points. The 2009 SCOOP will climax with a Main Event featuring a guaranteed $5 million prizepool!
Meanwhile the live action in the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour (EPT) continues as the Copenhagen event came to a close last week. 19-year-old Finn Jens Kyllönen defeated Swede Peter Hedlund in a heads-up battle that lasted just under five hours. Kyllönen outlasted a field of 462 players to claim his seat into the upcoming EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo and a massive first place payout of €878,057.
The EPT will then head to its next stop, Dortmund in Germany. Poker’s new generation has been known to thrive here in this event, including previous winners Andreas Hoivold and Mike McDonald, both having won this event in seasons three and four respectively, despite both men having just ticked over into adulthood. EPT Dortmund will kick off on March the 10th.
However the focus will be on Monte Carlo in April as it gets set to host the EPT Grand Final. An expected field of 1,000 players, generating a record €10 million prize pool will descend upon the Riviera to take part in what will be a very unique Main Event structure, consisting of a 30,000 chip starting stack and 75 minute levels.
The EPT Grand Final will also offer a wide variety of games and activities during the 14-day festival, including a €25,000 High Roller Championship, the first €5,000 European Pot Limit Omaha Championship, numerous side games, sit-and-go’s, a “Battleship Poker” tournament and a poker camp. Players can make their way to the EPT Grand Final by entering satellites available on PokerStars.
Finally don’t forget about the PokerNetwork Online Poker Championships which this week will also be played out at the world’s largest poker site in PokerStars. With an awesome custom-designed poker table up for grabs, check out the PokerNetwork Forums for more details.
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