When you begin reading this week’s column you might think that it seems like pre-Black Friday days as PokerStars tried to set a world record this past weekend, and at the same time Full Tilt Poker was releasing the details of their upcoming FTOPS XXV tournament series.
Only it’s not pre-Black Friday, and the two former competitors are now partners of sorts, both beyond owned by the Rational Group parent company.
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This past weekend PokerStars fell short of resetting their own Guinness Book of World Records record when their scheduled $1 tournament with a $300,000 guarantee (and a cap of 230,000 players) attracted only 211,619 entrants.
This is the first time PokerStars has set out to set the record and failed to do so, which will hopefully end these silly attempts once and for all.
The record for the largest online poker tournament in history is still firmly in PokerStars' control, and nobody is going to wrest it away from them anytime soon.
A near identical tournament to this weekend’s took place back in June of 2013, when the site hosted a $1 buy-in tournament with a $300,000, but with a cap of 225,000 players - which the site managed to reach last year.
Failed record attempt aside, there was still the matter of a $1 buy-in, $300,000 guaranteed tournament to be played, and when the smoke settled it was a player using the screen-name “Dal2009” who walked away with the top prize of $25,000 - not too shabby for a $1 investment.
Here is a look at the complete final table payouts from the tournament from the PokerStars blog:
With the World Record attempt now in the rearview mirror PokerStars will start looking towards its 8th Anniversary Sunday Million tournament, which the site has tagged with an $8 million guaranteed prize-pool. The Anniversary Sunday Million will take place on March 2nd, and will need to pull in some 40,000 players to reach the guarantee.
If you register an account and take advantage of PokerStars $20 free bankroll offer you can register for the tournament and still have another $19 to play with.
It’s hard to believe but Full Tilt Poker will soon be hosting its 25th Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) this time featuring 31 tournaments and $6 million in guaranteed prize-money.
The two big tournaments on the schedule will take place on back-to-back days, with a $2,000 + $100 No Limit Holdem reentry tournament with a $500,000 guarantee on April 12th followed by the FTOPS XXV Main Event, a $600+$35 reentry tournament with a $1.5 million guarantee on April 13th.
In addition to the series itself, Full Tilt will also be running a leader-board, tracking the best players over the course of the entire FTOPS XXV series, with the Player of the Series receiving a very lucrative prize package, including Black Card Pro status (which conveys a 100% cashback rate) as well as the choice of a $10,000 bonus or a $12,000 FTOPS package for future events.
More details are available at Full Tilt Poker.
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