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PokerStars Attempts Guinness Record With Largest Poker Tournament

As the world’s largest online poker room, it comes as little surprise that would present its latest invitation to online poker fans around the world. On December 28th, PokerStars will attempt to shatter the Guinness Book of World Records by hosting the ‘World’s Largest Poker Tournament’.

To entice as much player participation as possible, the online poker room is putting up a massive $500,000 Guarantee Prize Pool with a cut-rate buy-in of only $11 ($10+$1). The seats are capped off at 35,000 players, and thus far, the poker tournament has received quite a bit of attention.

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If you do the math, you’ll find that 35,000 players putting up $10 each towards the $500k guarantee only comes out to $350,000, which means that even if PokerStars fills all of the available seats, the online poker room will still be shelling out an additional $150,000 out of pocket. Any seasoned online poker fan knows that an overlay equals added value to any poker tournament, especially when the starting price is so small to begin with.

The PokerStars World Record attempt will go down at 3:30pm ET on Dec. 28, 2008. Considering the excessive number of active tables, up to 3,500, the blind levels had to be set low, with PokerStars choosing a near Turbo-style increase of 10 minutes blinds.

We mentioned that PokerStars would be attempting to “break” the current world record for the largest poker tournament, but you may not remember is that last year, PokerStars already accomplished that monumental feat. Last summer, PokerStars drew the attention of 20,000 poker players with a similar tournament that put the PokerStars name into the Guinness book, along with ‘Lynna1’, who collected $20,000 for the 1st place win.

There are already several thousand players registered for the ‘World’s Largest Poker Tournament’, so don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of history. According to the PokerStars lobby, “This is an official attempt at the Guinness world record for World’s Largest Poker Tournament! $500,000 is guaranteed!” At only $11 to enter, you’ll want to register early, before all 35,000 seats are taken.