It is not uncommon for the online poker industry to break records. Plenty of records have been set and broken over and over again, particularly by major poker rooms like PokerStars. Because the online poker industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, it is not surprising to find out that another Guinness World Record has been set in the industry. GGPoker has shown great promise as a top provider of iPoker gaming and they are the site connected to this recent record.
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GGPoker recently hosted several World Series of Poker events online to provide international players with a way to earn a WSOP gold bracelet. Event #77 was a Main Event on the schedule, featuring a $5,000 buy-in. The tournament saw such a huge turnout that it amassed a total prize pool of $27,559,500. This broke the Guinness World Record for the largest prize pool ever for an online poker tournament. The event took place on September 6.
Official Adjudicator for Guinness World Records Michael Empric told GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu about the record, how it was verified and now in the record books. The event was the marquee tournament for the WSOP Online Series at the online poker room, with Stoyan Madanzhiev of Bulgaria earning the first place win.
The tournament had an amazing 5,802 players taking part, and because the prize pool was so large, the winner earned just over $3.9 million! It was his first WSOP gold bracelet too! On top of that, the prize was the largest ever awarded for one person in an online poker tournament.
The prize pool was split among the top 728 players. Each player who finished in the money earned a five figure or larger payout. The lowest prize was $11,834. Head of Poker Operations for GGPoker, Steve Preiss, commented that a world record has been on the radar of the brand for quite some time. He said that players and fans expect nothing less than record-breaking prizes from the WSOP and GGPoker delivered.
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The Main Event took just over 150 hours to complete, from the beginning of the first starting flight to the final hand being played out. It took quite some time to finish, spread out over a few days, but was well worth the wait.
Ty Stewart, the Director of the WSOP, commented on the record as well, stating that when you combine the amazing platform of GGPoker and the WSOP brand, that’s what happens. Stewart thinks that this most recent record will be a tough one to beat.
GGPoker has shot to fame over the past few months as they were a start up online poker room that now caters to major events. Players from around the world enjoy what GGPoker has to offer including taking part in the WSOP events.
The online poker platform continues to offer premium gaming options for cash players and tournament gaming. It will not be surprising to see them break even more records in the future!