One of the leading online poker websites, PokerStars, set a record last week when it recorded more than 20,000 real money players on the site at once. The previous record was set by PartyPoker, prior to the implementation of the UIGEA and its subsequent exit from the U.S. market, when there were 16,960 players on the site.
On December 27, 2007, exactly 20,386 players were playing real money ring games at PokerStars. And only three days later, the site broke its own record with a new high of 22,293 players. All of the numbers are courtesy of PokerScout.com, and all figures exclude any play money players who were also on the site at the time.
The highest numbers on PokerStars is typically recorded during the Sunday Million tournaments, and it was during this event on the 27th that the first record was broken, with the tournament capping out at the 20,000 player maximum.
Since PartyPoker left the U.S. market in late 2006, PokerStars has become the most popular online poker site by more than a 2-to-1 margin. PokerStars was not a publicly traded company and did not feel compelled to leave the U.S. for fear of the possible UIGEA repercussions, and it has grown into a trusted and player-friendly site.
PokerStars has also recently implemented new security measures and demonstrated that it is willing to protect its players from cheating and other misuses of accounts.
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