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PokerStars' World Record Attempt Falls Short

Every other online poker site would be ecstatic at hosting a tournament with 211,619 entrants. For PokerStars, that was not quite enough as an attempt to break its own world record missed the mark yesterday.

Aiming for 230,000 players at a buck a piece to buy-in, PokerStars attracted some 18,000 players less. But not to worry. The world’s top poker site still holds the Guinness World Record for the largest poker tournament with 225,000 set last June.

Yesterday’s tourney guaranteed a $300,000 prize pool, meaning an overlay was in the cards for the low-stakes players who took part. The top 60,000 players landed in the money. But the big prize went to Germany’s “Dal2009,” who overcame the huge field to earn a massive ROI on a $25,000 payday.

PokerStars allowed no late registrations, which may have played a part in attracting “only” 211,619 players. Odds are that the online poker king will one day crack that 225,000 record, but yesterday was not the day. Look for PokerStars to announce another attempt in the future.



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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.