Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars set out to beat records on Sunday, the 19th of July. First Full Tilt announced it intended to break the 35,000 player Guinness World Record breaker accomplished by PokerStars earlier this year when Full Tilt wrapped up its Fifth Birthday promotion with a special massive tournament called The Record Breaker. Full Tilt’s tournament had great overlays, a $5 buy-in (and players could use frequent player points also) with a cap of 50,000 players.
Full Tilt barely made the announcement and PokerStars sent out the news—a new attempt would be made to break their previous record—Guinness World Record would have a $1 buy-in and no limit on the number of players although a cap of 65,000 was set eventually.
PokerStars outran Full Tilt as both events sold out almost immediately but with the 50,000 cap at Full Tilt, it was a given that PokerStars was going to take the record. The record breaker attempts were great for all the players as there were satellites to the events and the prize pools were filled with overlays.
PokerStars prize pool guarantee of $65,000 was doubled when they added $65,000, making it a total prize pool of $130,000. ‘004 license’ invested $1 and knocked out 64,999 other players to claim the world’s biggest ever online poker tournament and pocket $13,000.
Full Tilt Poker added $250,000 to the guaranteed prize pool of $250,000, bringing the prize pool to $500,000. ‘breo40’ outlasted 49,999 other players and stacked $45,000 for his $5 investment.
What’s next? Poker is a very competitive field as is the business of providing poker to eager players around the world, everything is sure to go straight up, more competition, better overlays, bigger tournaments, and fierce competition. Stay tuned.