PokerStars

PokerStars successfully attracted 225,000 players over the weekend to its record-breaking attempt for largest ever poker tournament, beating a previous record set in December 2011.

Reaching the target was all but assured: With a buy-in of $1, the total number of players was capped at 225,000, and $300k was guaranteed in prize money, all entrants were guaranteed an overlay. PokerStars also gave away approximately 20% of the seats via freerolls. Still, the feat is impressive given the increased segregation of the marketplace and maturation of the industry.

After a little over four hours, Russian player “SlavaPro”, outlasted the other 224,999 players to win the $25,000 first prize .