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PokerStars Hits 20-Millionth Member Milestone

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

As anyone who follows the online poker industry with the slightest interest is well aware of, PokerStars is by far the largest, most popular online poker room in the entire world. That long-time standing was further magnified as PokerStars hit a major milestone, signing up its 20,000,000th member.

To bring that number into perspective, 20 million is about the same as combining the entire population of New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. This landmark event follows on the heels of PokerStars having recently dealt its 25-billionth hand, a historic Omaha Hi-Lo hand that paid out hundreds of thousands to the collective participants on February 18th, 2009.

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PokerStars 20,000,000th member is “Piposko”, a Scandinavian player who signed up an account on February 21st – just 3 days after the 25-billionth hand was played. “Piposko” received a $215 Tournament Ticket for being the historic 20-millionth member to sign up an account with PokerStars.

It was only 3 years ago PokerStars announced a similar landmark event, having registered its 5-millionth member in March of 2006. PokerStars has been setting plenty of records since its inception to the online poker world. Just a few months back, in December of 2008, PokerStars hosted the world’s largest online poker tournament, attracting 35,000 players to an $11 buy-in, $500k guarantee tournament. Had there been no player cap on the event, surely the numbers would have soared even higher.

Proffering what is commonly known as the absolute best online poker software client in the business, along with a phenomenally lucrative tournament schedule that guarantees more than $13 million each month – including the $1.5 million guarantee each Sunday – it’s no wonder that PokerStars has attained, and maintained, the status as the world’s largest online poker room for so long.

PokerStars Offers Online Poker In Italy

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

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PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, has finally been given the official heads-up to begin offering real-money online poker to residents of Italy. PokerStars is one of only a few sites to receive official regulatory approval from Italy’s government.

According to the terms of the certification from the Italian Monopolies of State (AAMS), PokerStars began hosting real-money tournaments open to Italian residents on February 25th. Currently, the online poker room offers Italian tourneys with buy-ins scaling from €0.50 to €100.

Angeli Bufalin, PokerStars Italian Country Manager stated, “The online poker phenomenon has seen a huge growth recently and with the launch of we aim to recreate in Italy the success that PokerStars has achieved worldwide. This is thanks to our industry renowned software and security which guarantees players a high level poker experience and support 24 hours a day.”

PokerStars will be expanding its Italian tournament line-up over the next few weeks to offer more versatile events with a wider range of buy-ins.