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Poker Stars Reaches Another Milestone

Last week was a huge milestone time in the realm of Internet poker as a
whole and, in particular, for
PokerStars. For the first time in their history,
PokerStars announced that they had hit the 100,000 player mark, with those
players simultaneously participating in the multitude of ring games, sit and
goes and tournaments that the site offers. This is a new record in that no
other online poker room has ever reached that number previously. To put it in
perspective, it was only three years ago that PokerStars broke the 10,000
player mark. Another way to look at it is that the largest physical poker room
in the world has 243 tables; PokerStars eclipses that by over forty times at
their peak hours.

As noted in several articles here on Poker Player Press, the weekly
tournaments at
PokerStars have been huge and, as a result, the prize pools
have been has as well. In mid-February, the $215 buy-in Sunday afternoon No
Limit Hold 'Em tournament attracted an astounding 5,326 players, which
nearly equals the record-setting number of last year's World Series of Poker's
Championship Event. In January alone, PokerStars was responsible for
awarding $140 million in prize pools for all tournaments. Incredible.

With all of these milestones for the site,
PokerStars is also making it
extremely profitable to play there now as well. For all future weekly Sunday
afternoon tournaments, which normally have a buy-in of either $215 or $530,
the tournaments will offer a $1 million prize pool guaranteed, making
PokerStars the first online site to offer weekly million dollar tournaments. "A
year or two ago, a $1 million guarantee on a weekly poker event would have
been unthinkable," noted Lee Jones, PokerStars Cardroom Manager. "Now,
thanks to PokerStars and its players, it's become a reality. Players have
responded to the quality of our tournaments, and we have recognized that by
increasing our guarantee, from $750,000 to $1 million. We're delighted to do it
and look forward to some monster final table prizes in the coming weeks."

While these tournaments may have a high buy in, most players who enter into
the tournament do not pay directly into the event. Every day, PokerStars
offers many different kinds of satellites to the big weekly events, with buy-ins
starting at $3. Other satellite qualifiers cost nothing more than using the
frequent player points that players acquire from playing regularly at the site.

It is truly a remarkable achievement for
PokerStars and for the online poker
community to reach these numbers. It not only shows the passion for the
sport of poker that the players have, but also shows the dedication that poker
sites such as PokerStars has to offering the best tournament action for their
participants. With these types of tournaments and player numbers being
reached, the future does indeed look bright for the online game of the 21st

Poker Stars Online Poker Room now. You can play for free to try it out
before hitting the cash tables and tournaments.
PokerStars provides great online poker action at your choice of buy-ins with
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Lee Jones

Poker Room and Tournament Manager
Play for $1 million every WEEK!

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every Sunday at 4:30pm ET. Satellites to Sunday's
event are always running under the
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