Full Tilt Poker Aims To Smash RecordJuly 16, 2009 9:46 am
Sunday 19th July could see the previous record for the biggest online poker tournament, broken at Full Tilt Poker. The Guinness World Record currently belongs to Pokerstars, the number one ranked online poker network who, in December 2008, held a tournament with 35,000 players all buying in to the $11 competition. Eventually, after 9.5 hours, player Stan34powa from France, outlasted the vast field and scooped the $30,000 first prize.
Full Tilt Poker is ranked the second biggest poker network in the world, and their record breaking attempt also coincides with the final day of their week long 5th birthday celebrations which has seen at least $1 million given away in promotions and bonuses.
The tournament is slated to begin at 15:05 (Eastern Time) or 20:05 GMT, and with Team Full Tilt Poker out in force, their will be a unique opportunity, for just $5 buy-in fee, to play alongside the likes of Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Phil Ivey. There is also the incentive of a guaranteed $250K with $250K added prize pool.
Howard Lederer, the poker professor and team Full Tilt member said:
“By extending the limits of what is possible in online poker tournaments, Full Tilt Poker will allow players to compete for a big payout without the big buy-in.”
The record for a land based poker tournament is 8772 players which was at the 2006 WSOP and had a record breaking prize pool of $82,512,162. Jamie Gold was crowned the winner and received $12,000,000. Full Tilt Poker are hoping for at least four times that number of entrants this Sunday.