Records fall on PokerStars and Full Tilt

It takes quite a weekend of online poker to break not one but two attendance records.

Over 100,000 players gathered on poker mega-sites PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker with the intention of setting the record for most players in a poker tournament.

PokerStars record-breaking attempt, which was only announced on Friday, saw players buy in for $1 each with a maximum cap of well over 50,000 players.

In the end a mind-boggling 65,000 players came out to play in the event, which was enough to easily surpass the former Guinness world record of 35,000 that was set by PokerStars back in December, 2008.

The event was roughly 11 times the size of the 2009 WSOP Main Event and finished after just 10 hours of play. PokerStars decided to double the prize pool from $65,000 to $130,000 creating some value for the giant field.

The final 16,250 players all made it into the money with online player 004 license eventually taking first place for $13,000. That's exactly 13,000 times the initial investment of $1.

Meanwhile over on Full Tilt Poker there was actually a much more lucrative record attempt being played out.

FTP decided to make their buy-in $5, in part to honor their five year anniversary, and a total of 50,000 players came out to get their game on.

$250,000 was guaranteed in the "Record Breaker" event but Full Tilt decided to match that by throwing in another $250,000 to make the prize pool an even $500,000 with the top 7,500 players getting paid.

The biggest winner was breo40 who took down the $45,000 for first place.

Although Full Tilt's event came 15,000 players short of the record set by PokerStars on the same day they did manage to set the record for the largest $5 buy-in tournament ever held.

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