celebrates 10 billion hands

If was a fast food restaurant, the sign out front would read, "10 Billion Served." The site hit the 10-billion-hand mark recently, just a year after what was then considered a landmark 1 billion hands of poker.

To achieve this milestone, the site says in a release, a brick and mortar card room with a 50-dealer staff would have to deal non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for more than 640 years.

Six players at a 1¢/2¢ table were dealt into the hand and walked away with much more cash than would typically be found in a penny-stakes pot. The extra money totaled $186,000, $100,000 of which went to Canadian college student Justine "Justine0003" Hall after she turned a club flush to win the hand.

The five remaining players earned $10,000 a piece, not to mention a free entry into the Main Event of the World Championship of Online Poker.

The 11-day promotion saw dish out more than $223,000 to 635 players for being dealt into landmark hands leading up to the event.

Another cause for celebration at the poker room was the turnout at the May 20 PokerStars Sunday Million event, which set attendance records with nearly 10,900 participants.

The interest in the event could have something to do with the additional $250,000 the site heaped onto the pot, sending the prize pool soaring to $2.4 million for a first-place prize of nearly $188,000.

The Sunday Warm-up was also topped up with $100,000 in cash.

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