It's official. PokerStars made its way into the record books yesterday by hosting the world's largest online tournament.
A total of 35,000 players bought in to the $11 world record tournament offered at PokerStars on Sunday, creating an impressive prize pool of $500,000.
The tournament ran for a span of 9.5 hours with 8,750 players all making it into the money. Interestingly, the 2006 WSOP, the largest live tournament ever played, only had 8,773 runners total. The tournament officially set the Guinness World Record for largest online tournament.
Team PokerStars Pro's Daniel Negreanu spoke briefly about what it meant for the site to have yet another record-breaking feather in its cap.
"No other site brings the level of excitement, skill and challenge that poker players crave," said Negreanu. "The Sunday tournaments on PokerStars provide an unrivaled opportunity to prove your poker prowess with a lucrative prize pool that matches the highest level of competition."
In the end it was online player Stan34powa who outlasted 34,999 players to win the largest poker tournament ever held and the $30,000 that came with first place. Not a bad payout, considering Stan34powa only invested $11 in the tournament.
The previous record, also held by PokerStars, occurred on July 29, 2007, at the Sunday Hundred Grand in which 20,000 players logged in to play.
The world's largest tournament record wasn't the only one to fall this Sunday, as both the Sunday Millions and Sunday Warm-up saw record-setting attendance as well. Stay tuned to PokerListings.com for more information about an extraordinarily busy Sunday on PokerStars.com.
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