PokerStars Celebrates 200 Billionth Poker Hand
PokerStars celebrates its 200 billionth hand of poker today with a variety of promotions. The world’s largest poker site plans a giveaway of $10,000 apiece to each person dealt into the 200,000,000,000 hand. Most expect May 1st to be the day players see the 200 billionth hand.
Undoubtedly, PokerStars is the most successful online poker site of the 21st century. The site dealt its first poker hand in the year 2001. It quickly became a top poker site, but only achieved its No. 1 status after Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 WSOP Main Event. In its first 12 years, PokerStars experienced and exponential growth rate.
It reached the 10 billion-hand milestone in the year 2007. Only six years later, PokerStars dealt its 100 billionth hand. Since then, the card room’s rate of gaming leveled off somewhat, but it topped another 100 billion hands in the past six years.
Poker Industry Pro estimates PokerStars deals 2 million hands per hour every single day of the year. That amounts to 17.5 billion hands per year.
$10,000 Poker Hand Giveway
The biggest PokerStars promotion is the $10,000 poker hand prize giveway, which amounts to nearly $100,000. Every single player sitting at the table for the 200 billionth hand receives a $10k prize.
The $10,000 Poker Hand Giveaway could be cash games or tournament events, because PokerStars includes every event.
It includes anyone, including those who win the hand and those who fold pre-flop. If you’re one of the lucky ones for the 200,000,000,000th hand, you’ll receive $10,000.
200 Billion Hands Celebration Wheel
On May 1, players receive a free spin on the 200 Billion Hands Celebration Wheel. The 200 Billion Hands Celebration Wheel includes ten different types of prizes, which range from sit-n-go tickets to $2,000 in cash.
If you’ve played even one real money hand of poker on a day leading up to May 1, you’ll receive a free spin ticket for the Celebration Wheel. 37% of players receive nothing more than a 10-cent sit-&-go ticket, but the prizes increase rapidly.
For instance, another 20% of players receive a freeroll ticket bundle for $10,000 and $5,000 freerolls. Another 16% collect a $5,000 All-in Shootout ticket, while yet another 16% receive a $10,000 freeroll ticket. The remaining 10% or so of players receive a variety of spin-&-go tickets, while a tiny percentage win $2,000 outright.
It’s a nice prize pool, but the giveaways don’t stop at that.
SCOOP Milestone Tournaments
PokerStars deemed fifty-six different tournaments and four Sunday major events as milestone events. Each one received a free ticket to the Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) tournament, which run from May 2 to May 16. PokerStars drops the free ticket at a random table during the 60 different milestone events.
This week’s Sunday Million is one of the four Sunday major events which receives a Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) free ticket. The value of the ticket ranges from $2.20 to $215.
$200,000 Mega Freeroll Event
PokerStars scheduled a $200,000 Mega Freeroll for 2:00 p.m. ET on May 1. Anyone who’s played a single hand at PokerStars this year receives a freeroll ticket to the $200,000 Mega Freeroll Event on May 1.
Players must open the freeroll chest to trigger their freeroll ticket, or lose the ticket. Then you use the ticket to enter the event, which has a prize pool of $200,000.
Random Surprise Chests: 20x Payout
Those weren’t the only giveaways, because dozens of tournaments receives 20x payout prizes. From 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET on April 30, players sitting at any tables could see surprise chests appear randomly at their table.
Opening the surprise chest gave players a 20x payout on the big blind at their table. Once again, the table selection is random, so anyone playing on April 30 could see the prize.