After Reaching 100,000 Simultaneous Players Milestone, Online Poker Website Guarantees $1,000,000 in Prize Money for Every Weekly Tourney
PokerStars.com, the world’s largest poker tournament website, reached the 100,000-player milestone last week. The occasion marked the first time ever that 100,000 poker players were logged on simultaneously in games at PokerStars.com, or anywhere else. To give the milestone some perspective — less than three years ago, PokerStars broke the 10,000-player mark for the first time. Now, ten times as many players and games are going around the clock at PokerStars. Another fact: The world’s largest land-based casino has 243 poker tables. On a typical weekday evening, PokerStars.com has up to forty-times as many games going.
I started playing Online Casino at PokerStars back in 2001,” said Joe Hachem, the reigning World Series of Poker champion. “Back then, I recognized many of the opponents I regularly played against. Now, each time I log on at PokerStars.com, it’s like walking into the world’s largest sports stadium. There might be 100,000 people there. Players are logged in from countries all around the world. It’s amazing. I don’t think anyone could have possibly foreseen how popular poker would become and how fast PokerStars would grow in such a short period of time.”
In response to its growing popularity, PokerStars.com is introducing an unprecedented guarantee. Beginning February 27th, all Sunday afternoon no-limit hold’em tournaments — with buys-ins of either $215 or $530 — will pay out at least $1,000,000 in prize money to the top finishers. On the final Sunday of every month, the buy-in is $530. For all other weeks, it’s $215. PokerStars also offers a quarterly tournament with a $1050 buy-in. The starting time for all million dollar tournaments is 4:30 pm EST.
The million-dollar tournaments will be …