Monday, November 7, 2011 : ONLINE POKER OPERATOR AIMING FOR A NEW WORLD RECORD
Pokerstars never rests, it seems….
Pokerstars, the Isle of Man-based online poker operator that has consistently broken its own records for the largest number of player in action on the internet, is to take a run at breaking the current record – 149,196 players set in 2009 – next (December) month.
To mark its 10th birthday, the mammoth site will attempt to hold the world's largest poker tournament on December 4, bringing more than 150,000 players together to play in an online poker competition.
It will be interesting to see if the Black Friday troubles in the United States, which have forced Pokerstars to eschew American action, will impact the new record-breaking attempt.
Internet player ‘oskar69' from Garbsen in Germany won the last record outing, a $1 NLHE tourney that gave him a take-home of $50,000.
The latest world record attempt will start at 12:30 ET on December 4, 2011 and will be a $1 No Limit Hold'em tourney with a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000. The first prize will again be $50,000.
"It's exciting and unique to be part of a world record attempt," said poker ace and Team PokerStars pro Bertrand ‘ElkY' Grospellier, who already holds a personal Guinness World Record for Most Online Poker Tables Played in One Hour (62, with a profit of $23.60).
"I'm looking forward to doing it again on December 4. It will be great to see so many players come together to make history once again."
The attempt on the world record is the third promotion in PokerStars' 10th Anniversary Celebration, which so far includes the $10 Million Sunday Million tournament that has already captured players' imaginations with its $10 million guaranteed prize pool and $2 million for first place, along with the 10th Anniversary Giveaway that will award 100 dream vacations to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for free, along with 10,000 cash prizes.