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article imageThe PokerStars world record attempt — And success

By Alexander Baron     Dec 4, 2011 in Entertainment
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.
6 hours 22 minutes before its scheduled start  the tournament is almost full.
6 hours 22 minutes before its scheduled start, the tournament is almost full.
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Below is the tournament lobby nearly 3 hours before the scheduled start.
2 hours 49 minutes before the scheduled start  and there are no seats left at the table.
2 hours 49 minutes before the scheduled start, and there are no seats left at the table.
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Below, by the second hand, someone already had over 8K chips, but this is No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, a wild game at the best of times.
Below, 22 minutes into the tournament, the chip leader had over 20k.
The tournament is 22 minutes old  and someone already has a massive stack.
The tournament is 22 minutes old, and someone already has a massive stack.
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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”.
Your correspondent finished 10th in a Razz tournament on PokerStars the same afternoon as the world ...
Your correspondent finished 10th in a Razz tournament on PokerStars the same afternoon as the world record was set.
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Below, over on PokerStars, the remaining players reached the final table at about 00.09 London time, they all folded first hand.
Below, the final table, all-in pre-flop with jacks v 9s, and another one bites the dust.
The final table - and another one bites the dust.
The final table - and another one bites the dust.
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The tournament ends when the last three remaining players agree to a final table deal.
The tournament is over; the three remaining players agree to a deal.
The tournament is over; the three remaining players agree to a deal.
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