Three weeks ago, announced the
first $1 million guaranteed
weekly tournament in history.
Yesterday, Poker Stars, the
world's largest tournament
poker site made, history once
again, registering its five
millionth player.
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PokerStars 5 Millionth

PokerStars Reaches Yet
Another Milestone

I hesitate to post this on April Fool's Day in fear people might think I'm
joking. So, let's make one thing clear as crystal. This is true. If you don't
think it is, track this guy down in Vegas and ask him.

Here's the deal: Three weeks ago, announced the first $1
million guaranteed weekly tournament in history. Yesterday, the world's
largest tournament poker site made history once again, registering its five
millionth player.

PokerStars had been quietly watching the registrations. After all, growth has
been, in a word, insane in recent months. Reaching the five-million player
landmark demonstrates a phenomenal rate of growth for PokerStars, and
the online poker industry overall, in recent years. PokerStars was launched
in September 2001. Less than a year ago, PokerStars had 2.5 million
registered players. Since then, that number has doubled. PokerStars has
become a poker industry leader largely due to its wide diversity of games
and limits, world-class customer support, sponsorship of major tournaments
and events worldwide, and its close affiliation with the last three World
Series of Poker champions.

So, the registration list hit five million when a Las Vegas chef signed up a
couple of days ago. As the 35-year-old man from Las Vegas logged in to
PokerStars, little did he know what was about to happen to him. As
PokerStars five millionth registered player, George Draper has received a
World Series of Poker main event prize package, with an opportunity to win
a possible $10 million first prize. Not only that, Draper has received an entry
into the main event of the fourth annual PokerStars World Championship of
Online Poker, the world's largest online poker tournament, with an
estimated prize pool of $5 million.

To put these stunning numbers in perspective, if the PokerStars community
were a country, it would be the 112th largest country in the world, ranking
higher than half of the world's countries. The PokerStars population is larger
than the populations of Los Angeles and Dallas combined.

"It is no surprise that PokerStars is leading the boom in online poker," said
Chris Welch, Group Marketing Director. "Many people who
might be intimidated at the thought of playing inside a casino find that
playing at PokerStars is a comfortable and convenient alternative. Millions of
players from all walks of life who are living in many different countries have
signed up at PokerStars because we make playing poker fun, exciting, and

At its peak, has over 100,000 players at a time. That
into tens of thousands of games and tournaments from which players can
choose. By comparison, PokerStars has nearly 50 times more players and
games than the world's largest land-based poker room which has only 243

Oh, and henceforth, you'll find Draper online under his new screen name:

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