World's Largest Poker Tournament Attracts 225,000 PlayersJune 17, 2013 3:05 pm
Back in in December 2011, PokerStars organized a $1 buy-in tournament which subsequently attracted 200,000 competitors to set the record for the largest poker tournament ever in history. A little while on, and now PokerStars has broken its own record after 225,000 players turned out for its latest record-breaking attempt over the weekend.
Once again the tournament had a buy-in of just $1, and with $300k in prize money guaranteed, the 225,000 seated capped tournament soon achieved its huge target. Nevertheless, it didn’t take long to whittle down the huge field and within one hour 28,000 players remained, which an hour later was further reduced to 2,595. By hour three the field numbered 190 competitors and a little over four hours in total is all it would then take for Russian player “Mr.SlavaPro” to outlast his other 224,999 opponents to win the $25,000 first prize.
The Russian initially entered the final table of ten in pole position, and when just four players remained Mr.SlavaPro with pocket aces scored a double-elimination over 1star09 (A-9) and jpstef06 (10-9) to go heads-up against johnnykara75 from Greece.
As the heads-up battle commenced, Mr.SlavaPro held a 2.4 to 1 chip advantage over johnnykara75, and it would then take just three hands before Mr.SlavaPro’s flopped two pair to beat his opponent’s top pair, and claim the top prize.
Congratulations to Russia’s Mr.SlavaPro on winning the biggest poker tournament in history.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. Mr.SlavaPro (Russia) $25,000
2. johnnykara75 (Greece) $15,000
3. 1star09 (Russia) $10,000
4. jpstef06 (Germany) $7,500
5. Tormenter85 (Australia) $5,000
6. KARI#9 (Slovenia) $3,500
7. SOY PATO355 (Argentina) $2,500
8. jmmetra (Argentina) $2,000
9. Ravic77 (Estonia) $1,500
10. Evgeniy33377 (Ukraine) $1,000