Pokerstars plans a really big tourney on December 28

There's a world record attempt in the offing at the Internet's biggest poker website, Poker Stars.com, and it's about to take place soon.

PokerStars has announced that it intends to set a new official Guinness Book of World Records level by seating 35 000 players at 3 500 tables in a single online tournament. Given the vast player base - which includes United States fans of the game - and the technical facilities at its disposal, this is an achievement entirely within the website's capability. Checking the site late Sunday ET showed over 80 000 players present.

The special tourney is scheduled for 3:30 pm ET on December 28, 2008, and it can be found under the "Tournament" and "Special" tabs once the software has been downloaded. The tournament will be capped at 35 000 players, setting a maximum for the record, carries a $10+1 entry fee, and will offer a $500 000 guaranteed purse... with lots of scope for overlay for the event.

"This is an official attempt at the Guinness world record for World's Largest Poker Tournament!" the poker lobby advises visitors. "Each blind level will run for 10 minutes, making play in the tournament similar to a turbo. Tables will be 10 handed and the official prizes will be announced after the registration period closes. Players are permitted to sign up until two minutes before the tournament begins, which is at 15:30 ET on Sunday, December 28th."

The current attempt will update an earlier record set by PokerStars in August 2007 in which 20 000 players turned out for a guaranteed $100 000 cash tourney

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    OOPaloo

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    sorry I read this article and wrote my comments without seeing that it happened in 2008, however, everything I wrote is applicable to tonights red spade open, except it has a 55 dollar entry price, which is still low for a tourney with a guaranteed million dollar prize pool
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    OOPaloo

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    For someone who likes big tournaments of pokerstars this is an exciting opportunity. It isn't often that such a low buy in could possible result in a six figure return. It's the magic of the internet and the popularity and excellence of pokerstars together with the good ole fashioned Guiness Book. I am going to try to play, but unfortunately that day is one on which I may have a commitment I can't slip out of in the evening. I have made it far enough in a big online tourney or two to sense the great excitement that happens when you get closer and closer to that final table. I didn't make it unfortunately and had to settle for hundreds of dollars instead of hundreds of thousands. But it could go the other way, because poker is a game of both skill and chance. If only I had survived another hour or two of play those few times. alas. But of course poker hope springs eternal that is the marketing genius of pokerstars and all poker purveyors.

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