On Sunday, PokerStars made online poker history. The world’s largest internet poker site paid out more than $39 million in prize money over a series of tournaments, including the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event.
The record-setting day shattered the seemingly insane $28 million guarantee by nearly 40-percent.
The High Stakes Main Event saw 693 players pony up $10,300 for a total of $6,930,000 in the pot. That crushed the $5 million guarantee.
Day Two of the event began on Monday. You’ll probably recognize some of the players who made it through Day One. Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier finished the first day of play with plenty of chips. Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond, formerly “OMGClayAiken” at Full Tilt Poker, also survived Day One.
The 1st place winner will take home $1.3 million and the runner-up will walk away with $900,000. Not bad for a couple of days of work.
Akkari and fellow Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree and Jaime Staples advanced to Day Two in the Medium Stakes Main Event.
The record-setting day surpasses the $35 million paid out over various tournaments during the 2016 SCOOP on May 22.
Setting Records in the States
PokerStars isn’t just setting records on its global platform. The poker site also broke New Jersey records earlier this month in its NJSCOOP.
The series, a spinoff of the global SCOOP but only available to those in the Garden State, hit the $1.2 million mark in payouts. That’s a New Jersey online poker series record.
PokerStars first launched in New Jersey in March 2016. Although there have been positives to the site’s arrival, the online poker industry hasn’t seen a spike over the past year.
Online gambling, as a whole, however, has skyrocketed in New Jersey. Unfortunately, that is no thanks to poker.
Nothing New for PokerStars
Breaking records is nothing new for the poker site that has 70-percent of the online poker industry covered. PokerStars has broken more records than LeBron James.
In 2015, the Amaya Inc.-owned internet poker site set the record for most entries in a single tournament. A $1 buy-in event saw 253,692 players register. That shattered the previous record of 225,000, set by, you guessed it…PokerStars.
PokerStars first crushed the Guinness World Record in 2007 with 26,517 players registered for a tournament. The following year, in an $11 buy-in event with a $500,000 guarantee, the site owned by Rational Group at the time, broke that record with 35,000 players.
The live poker tournament record was held in Las Vegas at the 2015 World Series of Poker $565 buy-in Colossus event. Cord Garcia outlasted 22,374 players.