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The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) 2017 that ran from April 30 until May 23rd was expected to be the biggest online poker series in history. As was the intended objective, it is therefore no surprise then that the organiser and online poker giant, PokerStars, broke yet another online poker record this past Sunday by delivering a record-breaking $39 million in total prize pool money generated, shattering the guaranteed $29.5 million by a whopping 40{c118e36310c7bc75bef8f724f80ee0a52cfaf44be22f7e80906142f4c81518da}! Majority of the success came from the signups for the SCOOP Main Event, which saw 693 buy-ins at $10,300 each, contributing $6,930,000 to the day’s total prize pool, and smashing the event’s $5 million guarantee, leaving more than $1.3 million set aside for the 1st place and $960,000 for the runner up of the entire tournament.

“Thank you to all our players who participated in our tournaments making it possible for us to break these records,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovations and Operations at PokerStars. “Being able to offer the biggest day in the online poker history is a victory for everyone in poker and we’re delighted that so many of our players joined us to make this a reality. We are proud to have been able to provide so many winning moments to so many of our players and we’re looking forward to providing even more for a long time to come.”

So whose record did they break?

Well, it was none other than their own. With records being broken one after the other by world’s biggest online poker room, it’s no surprise that the previous record was also held by PokerStars. The previous richest day for online tournament poker pay out was set last year during the PokerStars New Jersey’s version of SCOOP, NJSCOOP, which paid out $35 million in prize money on May 22nd. Just like this year, majority of that prize pool came from the excess generated by the Main Event.

Other records held by PokerStars includes:

  • ➤ Most number of SNG tables played in one hour: 62 – Held by PokerStars Pro, Bertrand Grospellier
  • ➤ Most cash game hands played: 23,493 hands in eight hours – Held by PokerStars Pro, Randy Lew
  • ➤ According to the Guinness Book of Records, PokerStars hosted the largest-ever online tournament in 2015 which had 253,692 registers for the $1 event, besting its previous record of 225,000 set in 2013

The Industry Leader

With over 70 percent of the industry covered, PokerStars is hands down the biggest name in the business. To go along that are a whole list of world records dating back to 2007 when PokerStars first crushed the Guinness World Record with the most registered player for a tournament, totalling 26,517. As you can see by this one record alone, online poker has come along way since then.

It is undoubtedly the first choice for players all over the world, offering more daily tournaments than any other sites. Over 165 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars since it was first launched in 2001.