Full Tilt to host record breaking tournament

Howard Lederer

The folks at Guinness will be standing by Sunday as Full Tilt attempts to break the record for the largest poker tournament ever held.

As the final piece of the site's five-year anniversary promotion, Full Tilt plans to seat 35,000 players for a $5 buy-in event beginning July 19th at 3:05 p.m. ET. Seats can also be purchased for 1,000 FPPs.

Some of the biggest names in poker are expected to take part, including Phil Ivey, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Howard Lederer.

"By extending the limits of what is possible in online poker tournaments, Full Tilt Poker will allow players to compete for a big payout without the big buy-in," said Lederer.

Not only will the tournament be record-breaking in size, but Full Tilt has matched the guarantee, adding an additional $250k to the total prize pool, making this a chance to play for a $500,000 minimum prize pool for as little as $5.

With this many players, staging such an event in the live poker world would be next to impossible.

To date, the largest-ever live tournament was the 2006 WSOP Main Event with 8,772 players, just one quarter of the expected field size Sunday.

To be part of this world-record attempt, and have a chance at winning a piece of the half-million prize pool, log in or sign up to Full Tilt Poker and find the world record tournament in the tournaments section.

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