Yesterday, Sunday, PokerStars, the world's largest poker website, hosted a special tournament with a $1 buy-in, no registration fee, a $50.000 first prize. And a staggering 200,000 entrants.
Places 10,001 through 12,150 paid $4.00 each. Unfortunately, your Digital Journal correspondent didn't quite make the prize money, in spite of this classic outdraw below.
This was a world record by a big margin; imagine the complexity of a software program that can handle 200,000 individual poker hands. There was a bit of a delay here and there but nothing fatal. With $50,000 added to the prize pool, no registration fee, a $1 buy-in and satellites, this was always going to be a full house.
6 hours 22 minutes before the start, it was almost full.
The tournament is 22 minutes old, and someone already has a massive stack.
Although your humble correspondent finished out of the money in the big one, he did make the money in a low limit Razz tournament with a small field winning $4.78, and later, he won the E5.00 + E.50 Pot Limit Razz on Ladbrokes, a small field, and a small profit, but as Dirty Harry said at the end of Magnum Force - “Man's got to know his limitations”.