The event aims to bring more than 150,000 players together to play in an online poker game as part of the PokerStars 10th anniversary celebrations.
Starting at 12:30 ET on December 4, 2011, it will be a $1 No Limit Hold’em tourney with a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000. The first prize will be $50,000, an unusually high return for a $1 tournament.
Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier – who already holds a personal Guinness World Record for Most Online Poker Tables Played in One Hour (62, with a profit of $23.60), said: “It’s exciting and unique to be part of a World Record. I’m looking forward to doing it again on December 4. It will be great to see so many players come together to make history once again at the world’s largest poker site.”
PokerStars currently holds the current Guinness World Record after 149,196 players joined the tournament in 2009, which also featured a $1 buy-in. It was won by online player ‘oskar69′ from Garbsen in Germany for $50,000.
This World Record tournament attempt is the third announcement by PokerStars’ in celebration of its 10th Anniversary, which so far includes a $10 Million Sunday Million tournament, along with the 10th Anniversary Giveaway that will award 100 vacations to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, along with 10,000 cash prizes.
Earlier this week, there was much controversy in the Pokerstars’ domain, after it decided not to do anything about complaints that the winner was repeatedly open-folding to win its 70 billionth hand – which was hit on Friday.