Online Poker

Full Tilt and PokerStars Have Record Setting Days

by AintLuck.com Poker Team

Last year, online poker leader Poker Stars set a world record for an online poker tournament.  This year, they tried to outdo themselves and their biggest rival, Full Tilt Poker, set out to do the same.  As it turns out, both sites were able to establish records.

On Friday, PokerStars hastily announced their plan to host a $1 buy-in tournament with a cap of over $50,000 players.  When it was all said and done, they succeeded in obliterating their own record, almost by double, as they had 65,000 players turn out.  Pleased by the turnout, PokerStars doubled the prize pool to $130,000.  To put this in perspective, the most prestigious live tournament of the year, the World Series Main Event, had about 6,000 players, meaning this tournament was over 10 times larger in terms of participants.  The winning player, 004 license took away $13,000 as his prize, a nice return on his original dollar investment.

Full Tilt Poker on the other hand set the buy in for their record setting attempt at $5 as they sought to, and successfully ran, the world’s largest ever $5 online tournament.  The overlay tournament featured a guaranteed payout of $250,000 and players were treated to a nice overlay as they added another $250,000 to the pot.  A total of roughly 50,000 players participated and was won by bero40 who earned a cool $45,000 for the victory.

It seems each site is keeping an eye on what the other is doing. As such, be on the lookout for the next time they decide to outdo each other as the big winners are always the customers.

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