There is big news in the online poker world today and it looks like the game is better than ever. On Sunday, December 4th, Pokerstars.com has set the world record for the biggest poker tournament in history. A total field of 200,000 players started the tournament with a total prize pool of $250,00. The former record was 149,196 which was also set by Pokerstars.com in 2010. That beat their own previous record yet again by over 65,000 players. There is no telling if they will try to beat it again next year as well, because 200,000 is a ridiculously big crap shoot and very time consuming.
As the tournament came down to the last few players, a deal was made and a winner emerged. The champion goes by the username of sokoluk1991, who hails from Russia. The 21 year old left with just over $40,000 for his $1 investment, and will have his username and real name etched into Guinness World Record history as the winner of the biggest ever poker tournament.
Surprisingly, the poker tournament only took 6 hours and for a field of 200,000 that is relatively short. You can definitely attribute that to the fact that the blinds raised really fast for one thing, and the other is that people knew it was such a crap shoot that they were going to have to make some serious moves early and get a decent chip stack just to stand a chance. That’s exactly what people did and as play went on, 50,000 players went out in the first half an hour of play alone.
The reason that Pokerstars held this record breaking tourney is to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Being a decade old in this industry makes them a dinosaur, and they have all sorts of guaranteed tourneys and special competitions going on. Pokerstars continues to be the largest online poker room even though they have left the US market. That’s partly because they have such a great deposit bonus, which is a 100% match up to $600 max.
You can Join Pokerstars now and still get it on the remainder of the lucrative 10th anniversary promotions and tournaments.