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PokerStars Aims to Break World Tournament Record .... Again

PokerStars has announced that it will attempt to rewrite Guinness World Record history once again and it needs 230,000 players with $1 to do so.

The world record for the largest tournament with regard to player participation was set last June by – you guessed it – PokerStars, when ‘Mr.SlavaPro’ from Russia outlasted a field of 225,000 to etch his name in the record books. On February 23, 2014, the Russian’s name will likely be removed as PokerStars aims to top the old record by 5,000 more entries.

Though the $1 buy-in is affordable for even the most budget-minded micro-stakes players, a number of satellites are available that award tickets to the record-breaking event for even less. A $10 deposit is also good for a free ticket as long as ‘RECORD2014’ is used as the bonus code.

The prize pool for the record-breaker is guaranteed at $300,000, with $25,000 of that going to the champion. At a player cap of 230,000, there is also a guaranteed overlay of $70,000. The top 60,000 players will receive payouts, meaning that slightly more than 26% of participants will finish in-the-money.

Players who participate in the tourney can receive an official certificate from Guinness World Records to commemorate being part of the record-breaking tournament. Just £20 plus postage and handling charges will allow any player who desires so to confirm their participation with a personalized certificate.

The tournament world record is being held on the same day that the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will be winding down. To promote national pride, PokerStars is permitting players to choose the flag of their home nations as their personal avatars until the end of February.

So mark 13:00 ET on February 23 on your calendar to be part of the Guinness World Record for the largest poker tournament. And don’t forget to enter well before the tourney gets underway due to the player cap of 230,000.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.