PokerStars Sets New High Water Mark for Online Poker

by , Sep 28, 2009 | 11:17 am

This just in over the transom …

WITH OVER 300K PLAYERS ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY breaks ‘Most Players at an Internet Poker Room’ Guinness World Record

ISLE OF MAN, UK, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 –, the world’s largest poker site, has shattered its own world record for hosting ‘THE MOST PLAYERS AT AN INTERNET POKER ROOM’ – an achievement that’s been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. On Sunday September 6, 2009, recorded 307,016 players at 42,814 tables playing online poker simultaneously – smashing the old record by over 100,000 players.

This new record comes less than two months after destroyed another of its own Guinness World Records; the ‘Largest Online Poker Tournament’, officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. The largest online poker tournament was held on Sunday July 19, 2009, when a total of 65,000 players from 155 countries came together to play in the same tournament.

Damn, that’s a lot of poker. Can anyone figure out the rake on that? If we were to go really conservative on the estimate, say $40/hr per table (because not all can rake as much as others, right?), you’re talking $1.6 million in the peak hour alone. Fugk, let’s just take about 30 percent of that — $500k/hr and say for only 20 hours a day … that would be $10 million a day. My numbers can’t even be close to right, but whatever the real figures are, you gotta wonder how much PokerStars is putting aside for the U.S. government, should the country ever decide to make let them pay up for the right to have these monies heavily taxed.

(I’m suddenly believing the $62 billion figure the DC politicos are using to press for online gambling regulation.)

3 Comments to “PokerStars Sets New High Water Mark for Online Poker”

  1. factcheck

    Remember, some of those tables are play-money.

  2. DanM

    hmm, yeah, i suppose you might be right. I was thinking they all were real money because of the dot-com as opposed to the dot-net. So cut my numbers in half even further … still big.

  3. Benjo

    I would add, MOST of these tables are play-money. Like, 70% or something.