Full Tilt Poker Tournament Record Short LivedJuly 20, 2009 10:40 am
Full Tilt Poker’s attempt to break the record for the biggest online poker tournament in history was a success as they managed to attract 50,000 players this Sunday, breaking the previous record set by PokerStars on December 28th, 2008,by around 15,000 people.
The record attempt was part of Full Tilt Poker’s ‘FIVE’ years in business promotion week, with the record attempt coming right at the end of the promotion as a coup de gras against its chief rival PokerStars. The tournament was a $5 entry with a first prize of $45,000 to the winner.
However,the celebrations were short lived. Unfortunately for Full Tilt Poker, not only had they capped entry into the tournament at 50,000, but also their pre publicity had prompted PokerStars to stage their own retaliation on the very same day. As a result they were able to attract a field of 65,000 entrants, before closing its list, each paying a $1 buy-in. It was eventually won by 004_licesne who scooped the first prize 0f $13,000.
The outcome is that Pokerstars retains their Guinness Book Of Records standing, albeit at a lower buy-in tournament level and although there is the possibility of FTP staging another attempt at a lower buy-in this time, with PokerStars larger customer base and competitive aggressiveness, FTP knows it will have a fight on its hands.
Regardless of what transpires it has been the lower stakes players who have been the real beneficiaries. Full Tilt Poker had added $250k to their prize pool for a total prize money of $500,000, whilst Pokerstars added $65k for a total prize money of $130k. As a result a few players were able to substantially add to their bankrolls for a small fee.