PokerStars breaks simultaneous player record

The Spoils of War

In the face of an online gambling ban in the United States, one online poker site is still growing and thriving. PokerStars reported that it had a record 150,000 players playing simultaneously on the site on Sunday.

"That's the same, if you will, as every citizen of the city of Chatanooga, Tennesee, sitting down for a poker game simultaneously," said the poker site in its blog.

The poker site had previously been the first online poker site to host 100,000 simultaneous players in February 2006, a moment deemed worthy of note by the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.

When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed by the United States toward the end of 2006, many thought that would spell the end to the online poker boom, but it was instead a help to Steve Billirakis

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