Friday, December 16, 2011

Bryan Adams, 2011-12-15 - Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal @ Pavilhão Atlântico

Arrive there at 06h45 in the morning and already there were 3 girls there. I knew one Ana Matos. Had known her at optimus alive to 30 Seconds To Mars.

Near 08h00 started coming my friends that I knew fanatics by Bryan Adams including 2 of my London friends Carla and Cris (super fans of Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and Duran Duran).

During the day many people were coming slowly because it was a weekday. Around 17h00 was when a lot of people began to arrive. And as you know this show was already sold out for three months. Around 20,000 people were at the Atlantic Pavilion.

We get inside close to 19h00. And Bryan Adams began playing at 21h12, ended at 23h33, played 26 songs.

Between the time we entered 19h00 and till the concert started at 21h12, the RFM had a DJ playing music ROCK. And the GIANT screen behind the stage were passing the TWEETS of everyone who put the Twitter login of Bryan Adams which is @BryanAdams. I sent several messages on twitter with login BA who passed the screen. Including some messages to Neusa and Estela. I know they saw it because they also replied in tweet and were on the screen, hehe. I met several friends of mine who were tweeting on the big screen, some in the first balcony, others in the second balcony and even others behind me on the floor.

Was funny reading the tweets of the fans, from marriage proposals to divorces and even accepting the proposals, hehe. And of course many tweets to ask Bryan to play this or that song. I sent a tweet to login dj RFM asking Bon Jovi and then we on the front row asked the DJ to look back, he looked up and saw my request. Hehe. Immediately afterwards played Bon Jovi and a little later put another song of Bon Jovi. I think first were "You Give Love A Bad Name" and then "Livin On A Prayer" (rock versions).

Occasionally the DJ started to put songs from BRYAN ADAMS but as he could not play them he stop immediately. But whenever he put a few seconds of the beginning of BA songs all the audience started to make noise.

I was the first to get inside Pavilhão Atlântico and choose the middle of front row, hehe. I have awesome photos. Have 90 photos and 16 videos of 17 songs. The videos are very good. This time I don't have the videos on youtube for you guys seeing as Bryan Adams had asked a company to not let anyone put it on youtube videos shot by fans. It was the first time this has happened to me. It took me over 5 hours to put the 16 videos on youtube and after two warnings I had to deleted them from my channel because my youtube account could be suspended. I'm sorry you can not see them because they are very good.

This concert was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1991 album "Waking Up The Neighbours" so he played more songs from that album.

By the way a detail that I think a lot of people did not know. When Bryan Adams marked this concert December 15, a few weeks later marked a new date for the 16th. The 16th was also on his official site and all the 2 dates (also for only a day). But this concert December 16 had to be canceled because one of the band members (who I do not know who it was) could not be present so Bryan Adams chose not to mark the new date.

Finally was time for Bryan Adams. He played for 141 minutes.
It was one of the best concerts I've ever seen of Bryan Adams. It was really excellent.

Some details about some songs:

14. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Bryan Adams sang in the middle of the stage with a laser focus coming from up the stage and surround him. He always played inside the circle of the laser and from time to time put his hand out of the laser and the effect was very nice.

18. When You're Gone
As usual in this music Bryan Adams always calls a girl from the public. This time called one tiny but very cute blonde on the right side (for those who see the stage from the front) of the first balcony or the audience. The girl said it was from Coimbra. Bryan Adams asked her if she really knew how to sing the song and she said yes. It was really nice because she sang all the lyrics without mistakes. She jumped several times and in the end Bryan Adams grabbed her with the guitar between them. And offered her and her friends merchandising stuff. At the end BA asked her if she had a boyfriend and she said no and turned to the audience and told her she had many choices here.

Keith Scott (guitarist) was really excellent. On several songs "played" with the guitar. Threw it to his back, played on top of his head, even lying on the floor and legs in the air, it was funny, hehe. Bryan Adams and Keith Scott in many songs were playing on the sides of the stage almost on the first balcony.

Mickey Curry (drums) on one song went to the front of the drums with pots (as Bryan said it was the kitchen of Mickey), haha. Very cool. Keith Scott also played alongside Mickey Curry in pots and Bryan and another guitarist were on the other side just laughing. But Mickey Curry gave it all there. Spectacular.

Before "Straight from the Heart" Bryan made ​​a great speech (I have the full speech and the music in video). The speech was telling some usual things. But this time he said some more things. First said he had lived here (as you know lived in Birre, near Cascais by chance near one of the houses of my father). He began to tell the story of the first time he played here in Portugal in a small club and then the second time in the Benfica Stadium (these were the unique 2 times I have not seen here in Lisbon). After that I've seen him 11 times (always in Lisbon, counting this show) starting in 1991 in the old Alvalade Stadium. Ending in Maxime in 2008 and now at the Atlantic Pavilion in 2011.

I will write here the setlist:

01. House Arrest
02. Somebody
03. Here I Am
04. All I Want Is You
05. Can't Stop This Thing We Started
06. Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven
07. I'm Ready
08. Hearts on Fire
09. Do I Have to Say the Words?
10. 18 til I Die
11. Back to You
12. Summer of '69
13. If You Wanna Leave Me (Can I Come Too?) / Touch The Hand
14. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
15. Cuts Like a Knife
16. It's Only Love (Bryan Adams & Tina Turner cover)
17. Depend on Me
18. When You're Gone (Bryan Adams & Melanie C cover) (With girl from audience on stage)
19. Heaven
20. The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You
21. Cloud #9
22. Run to You
23. There Will Never Be Another Tonight
Bryan solo on stage - Acoustic
24. The Way You Make Me Feel (Ronan Keating cover)
25. Straight from the Heart
26. All for Love (Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting cover)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

@JaredLeto & @30SecondsToMars, 2011-12-13 - Guiness World Record Holders!

@JaredLeto & @30SecondstoMars: Guiness World Record Holders!

Jared Leto his fellow 30 Seconds to Mars rockers, Tomo Milicevic andShannon Leto, salute the crowd at the final show of their tour at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday (December 9) in New York City.

The 39-year-old rocker and his band mates set the Guinness World Record for “Longest Concert Tour by a Rock Band”! The band has performed for two years at over three hundred shows.

The group even got a certificate from the Guinness folks!

“Thank you for the dreams. Thank you for the memories. And thank you for sharing this unforgettable adventure with us. It was the journey of a lifetime and we are so grateful to you all for that,”Jared wrote on his website.

Credit: Just Jared

Posted by yesthisisacult, December 13, 2011 9:53 PM

30 Seconds To Mars, 2011-12-13 - BLITZ (in portuguese), 30 Seconds To Mars batem recorde mundial

30 Seconds to Mars batem recorde mundial -

30 Seconds to Mars batem recorde mundial

Banda de Jared Leto é responsável pela digressão de promoção a um álbum mais longa de sempre.

Os norte-americanos 30 Seconds to Mars bateram um recorde mundial: são responsáveis pela digressão de promoção a um álbum (neste caso, o disco This Is War , de 2009) mais longa de sempre. A banda liderada por Jared Leto deu 300 concertos em apenas dois anos.

A banda tocou o 300º concerto no Hammerstein Ballroom, em Nova Iorque, no dia 7 de dezembro e Jared Leto agradeceu aos fãs no seu blogue da seguinte forma: "Ao longo de dois anos andámos em viagem por este milagroso planeta (...). E aprendemos sobre este mundo e sobre nós próprios através de todos vocês".

"Obrigado pelos sonhos. Obrigado pelas memórias. E obrigado por partilharem esta aventura inesquecível connosco. Foi a viagem de uma vida e estamos muito gratos a todos vocês por isso", concluiu.

Notícia escrita por MRV Terça, 13 de Dezembro de 2011 às 16:26

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars), 2011-12-10 - A thank You

Jared Leto

For over two years we have traveled this miraculous planet. Pushing relentlessly over mountains and seas, exploring this earth in the most unique of ways. All the while learning about this world, and ourselves, through all of you.

Thank you for the dreams. Thank you for the memories. And thank you for sharing this unforgettable adventure with us. It was the journey of a lifetime and we are so grateful to you all for that.

Please remember

Be brave
Fight for what you believe in
And make your dreams
Your reality.


Provehito In Altum

By @JaredLeto (30 Seconds To Mars) in "Notes From The Outernet"

Thursday, December 08, 2011

30 Seconds To Mars, 2011-12-08 - MTV, 30 STM Make History At Triumphant Show

Dec 8 2011 1:28 PM EST 16,430

30 Seconds To Mars Make History At Triumphant Show

Band entered the Guinness Book of World Records on Wednesday night at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.

By James Montgomery (@positivnegativ

NEW YORK — For a band that, over the past three years, has been no stranger to adversity — everything from battles with their label to scraps with censors and the occasional stage collapse30 Seconds to Mars had probably never had to deal with the kind of trouble that occurred during the encore of their record-setting show Wednesday night in New York.

During the crashing crescendo of "Kings and Queens," a female fan was crushed against a barricade and required immediate medical assistance. "Queens" was the final song of the band's set, which was preceded by a lengthy presentation from the folks at Guinness World Records, who honored 30STM for Most Shows Played During An Album Cycle (309 was Guinness' count). Jared Leto invited fans to join them onstage for the finale. Spirits were high inside the Hammerstein Ballroom, and as "Queens" unfolded, they only got higher ... until Leto stopped the song and asked for medics to tend to the injured fan. After 20 solemn minutes, EMTs carried her away on a stretcher.

"As soon as she got oxygen, she sat up and is doing OK," 30STM's management told MTV News after the show. After getting the all-clear, 30 Seconds to Mars undauntedly finished the song and the night ended with the crowd triumphantly chanting its "woah-oh-oh" hook while streamers fell from the ceiling.

And not to downplay the severity of the situation, but it helped illustrate everything that made 30 Seconds to Mars' record-setting run with This Is War so unique. Their ability to overcome obstacles, their willingness to push on, and the otherworldly bond they share with their fans — displayed best when drummer Shannon Leto left the stage to assist the EMTs.

The band had already played more than 300 shows, and yet, they still pushed hard on Wednesday, imbuing songs like "Search and Destroy" and "Night of the Hunter" with walloping guitars, anthemic sing-along choruses and washes of spooky synths. Jared sprinted up and down the catwalk stage (not easy to do in a huge black cloak), shined a massive spotlight into the crowd to illuminate fans' faces, and even performed a few acoustic numbers mid-set. Shannon pounded his kit as sweat flew, and guitarist Tomo Milicevic crunched chords and charmed ethereal soundscapes out of his ax. It could have been show number one, not the final gig of a two-year trek.

Of course, 30STM's fans matched, if not doubled, the band's enthusiasm. There were signs in the audience touting the Detroit chapter of the Echelon, and at one point, Leto brought a fan onstage who had traveled all the way from Maryland. Every chorus was sung back to the band loudly, each massive chant repeated at top volume, and the opening chords of each new song greeted with squeals of delight. Fans reached skyward as confetti fell, and ooh-ed and aah-ed as lasers shot from the stage. This was definitely a celebration, in just about every conceivable way.

Not surprisingly, the band seemed genuinely touched and a tad nostalgic. Jared told fans that the Guinness award was theirs, too, shouting, "I want everyone in here to carry this with them for the rest of their lives," as he thrust the certificate above his head.

As if their record-setting tour didn't already tip you off to it, the rather frightening delay proved that 30STM are a band seemingly at their best when forced to push on. And on. And on.

Did you attend any stops on 30STM's record-setting tour? Share your reviews in the comments below!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars), 2011-12-07

"I wanna tell you something. You've done something really magical, and I don't want you to take this too lightly. You have, through your belief, through your will, through your passion, through your love… you have made reality from a dream. And I want everyone in here to carry this with them for the rest of their lives, ok? This is an example to all of you, all of you out there who wanna do something different with their lives, who wanna do something special, who wanna contribute, who wanna do something meaningful; dreams are possible. You can do what you dream. So after tonight, tomorrow let's all promise we're gonna live the first day of our new lives you understand? Let's promise each other we will be brave we will fight for what we believe in and we will live dreams. Thank you so much for, everything."

By @JaredLeto (30 Seconds to Mars)

Monday, December 05, 2011

sokoluk1991 bests field of 200,000 in World Record tourney, wins $40K for $1, 2011-12-05

sokoluk1991 bests field of 200,000 in World Record tourney, wins $40K for $1

10th-ann-thumb.JPGWe've been spending a lot of time these last few weeks looking back and marveling at the 10-year history of PokerStars, online poker's biggest site. Part of that time has been occupied leafing through the nifty PokerStars 10th Anniversary e-magazine in which the story of the site's first decade is told in words and pictures (some of which move!).

Among the many items one finds in the e-magazine are milestone moments regarding the number of players simultaneously playing on PokerStars. In 2002, staff were excited when 100 players were playing at once. Then in November 2003 came another big day when 10,000 had logged on.

"The whole office erupted into rounds of applause," says then-Poker Room Manager Lee Jones, recalling the moment the total hit 10,000. "It seemed unreal that so many people were playing online at once."

That might have seemed unreal at the time. But soon 10,000 players playing at once would seem like small change. Really.

In February 2006, PokerStars became the first online poker site to have 100,000 players playing at once. By December 2007, PokerStars would crack the 150,000-player mark, and the following year the site would become the first to host more than 200,000 simultaneous players.

In December 2008, it was noted that more than 250,000 were logged in at once. Then in early September 2009, a record 307,016 were seen playing on 42,814 virtual tables. And in February 2011, a whopping 508,097 were on PokerStars at the same time!

Breaking Records

As the site continued to grow, PokerStars began hosting "world record" tournies featuring largest-ever fields in online poker history -- or all of poker, for that matter.

On December 28, 2008, a record 35,000 entered an $11 buy-in tourney. Then on July 19, 2009, an event with a $1 buy-in saw 65,000 participate. Actually that was the second time the old record was broken on that Sunday, as 59,128 played the Sunday Million as well.

Then on December 27, 2009, the record was shattered once more as 149,196 participated in another $1 buy-in event.

It only seemed fitting to mark the 10th anniversary with another run at the record. With a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and a cap at 200,000 players for the $1 tournament, an overlay was going to be part of the deal. 12,150 players would divide up the loot, with $50,000 of it going to the player managing to outlast the massive mob and emerge as victor (barring any final table deals).

That would add up to an ROI of 4,999,900%. Not a bad day, no sir.

Once registration opened and spots began to fill, it quickly became clear the old record was in danger. It was on Saturday that the number of entrants passed the previous high, and by mid-morning on Sunday -- about three-and-a-half hours before the first hands were dealt -- that the number of players registered reached the 200,000 cap.

Soon after the tourney began, Joe Stapleton and Nick Wealthall invited Gaz Deaves, an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records, to appear as a guest on PokerStars Radio. As they awaited Deaves' appearance, Wealthall wondered if perhaps the judge would have to count each player individually, marking his progress with a sip of Guinness for each.

Whether or not that was the case, Deaves did come on the show to confirm the event had indeed established a new world record for the largest-ever online poker tournament. And thereafter in Prague -- where the PokerStars folks are gearing up for the upcoming EPT event -- glasses were raised.

Like that celebration in the PokerStars office long ago, Gaz Deaves of the Guinness Book of World Records and Team PokerStars Pro Fatima Moreira de Melo celebrate the record in Prague

From 200,000 to 20,000

The tournament's fast structure -- 2,000-chip stacks to start, five-minute levels, with antes kicking in after 20 minutes -- ensured players wouldn't have to play until PokerStars' 20th anniversary celebration to settle things.

5,000 were eliminated within five minutes. After 18 minutes, 25,000 had run out of chips. The first break came just 25 minutes into the event (mid-level 5), by which time 160,493 remained.

Shortly before the one-hour mark the field had been perfectly halved with 100,000 on the rail and another 100,000 still with chips. Just a few minutes later they were already down to 75,000, and by the 73-minute mark just 50,000 remained.

After exactly two hours, 20,000 remained. Of those, 25 players had accumulated more than 100,000 chips, with bazuzu620 holding the most with a little over 133,000.

From 20,000 to 200

The money bubble burst just prior to the two-and-a-half-hour mark, and about 10 minutes later 10,000 were left. maksfray led with more than 262,000 chips, one of 18 players with more than 200k.

By the three-hour mark they were down to 5,000, with Grzala_PL on top with close to 550,000. A little over an hour later they were down to 1,000, with arknight87 leading with more than 2.4 million, pelocho71 closing in on 2.2 million, and more than 40 others with 1 million chips or more.

Still, with exactly 400 million chips in play, there were just a few more all-ins left to go.

As the field shrunk to 500 players mark, just one representative of Team PokerStars remained from the many who'd help break the record, Kevin "WizardofAhhs" Thurman of Team PokerStars Online.

Thurman soon lost nearly all of his chips, however, when his Q♠Q♣ failed to hold in a preflop all-in versus KayJay83's A♥Q♥. He'd double up his short stack a few times to survive a little longer, but Thurman's run good finally ran out when his pocket threes failed to hold versus sasodiits' A♦T♠, sending the WizardOfAhhs out in 380th place for $27.00.

Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman, Team PokerStars Online

From 200 to 20

They were just a few minutes beyond the five-hour mark when the field shrunk to 200 players, gathered around 20 ten-handed tables.

At that point the average chip stack was exactly 2 million, with the blinds at 80,000/160,000 (Level 53). By then mrgardem was ahead of everyone with more than 5.7 million, with sokulok1991 and mr_wickedown also in the 5-million chip club.

By the time they'd gotten down to 100 players, it took eight digits' worth of chips to find a spot at the top of the counts.

At that moment RaZoFaZoR was the one with the most chips with 16,857,836, followed by fenners (14.14m), kerkel1 (13.2m), _Bonumm_ (12.0m) and King-1-Z (10.73m).

The tourney had been running a little over six hours and 15 minutes when the field was trimmed to 20, with Kaitz20 on top with a massive 54.2 million-chip stack, King-2-Z next with 42.4 million, and kerkel1, RaZoFaZoR, and Bjoomhjaer all above 30 million.

From 20 to 8

Just two 10-handed tables remained. By now those eliminated were earning hundreds of dollars for their $1 investment. But all continued to eye that $50,000 first prize.

The two tables were whittled down to short-handed play as the following players successively hit the rail one table shy of the last one: Mivoxx (20th, $700), Jenek084 (19th, $700), f1live7 (18th, $850), kezzer-ste (17th, $850), Pokerklemi (16th, $1.050), manutdsam123 (15th, $1,050), kerkel1 (14th, $1,250), mellonuts (13th, $1,250), and Buenobueno (12th, $1,500).

With just 11 left, hand-for-hand play commenced. Soon there was action on both tables that saw a total of three players eliminated on the same hand, meaning only eight would be left by the time the final table started.

Over on one table, both Guzzi46 and Garin4o were all in before the flop against King-2-Z. Guzzi46 held K♣Q♣, Garin4o A♥Q♥, and King-2-Z A♦K♦. The board ran out nine-high, eliminating Guzzi46 in 11th ($1,500) and Garin4o in 10th ($2,250).

Meanwhile, herbert68 was all in on the other table with K♦Q♦ against sokoluk1991's A♦T♣. The board ran out Q♠A♠J♥8♥K♥, leaving herbert68 with two pair but sokoluk1991 with a straight, knocking out herbert68 in ninth ($3,000).

The final table -- with just eight players left -- was set.


Seat 1: empty
Seat 2: tristan2287 -- 27,865,420
Seat 3: King-2-Z -- 93,317,380
Seat 4: Bjoornkjaer -- 19,212,334
Seat 5: Kaitz20 -- 97,323,991
Seat 6: sokoluk1991 -- 71,305,235
Seat 7: pumata13 -- 464,488
Seat 8: RaZorFaZoR -- 55,661,354
Seat 9: empty
Seat 10: casasola10 -- 34,849,798

Super big stacks all around. And super big blinds, too -- 2,000,000/4,000,000 -- which meant the fast-paced action would continue. And how. In fact, it would take just 10 minutes for the final eight to be reduced to just three.

pumata13 actually was down to less than an ante (500,000), and was soon all in with A♥J♦ against both tristan2287 and casasola10. A flop of T♥A♠5♣ encouraged a bet from tristan2287, forcing a fold from casasola10 and revealing he held T♣5♦ for bottom two pair against pumata13's top pair of aces. The turn then brought the 5♠, giving tristan2287 a full house, and after the J♥ river pumata13 was out in eighth.

Shortly after the blinds had already moved to 2.5m/5m when Bjoornkjaer open-shoved from the small blind for 11,337,334 and Kaitz20 called from the big blind. Bjoornkjaer held Q♦6♠ and Kaitz20 9♦2♠, and the 9♣T♣4♣ brought the latter a pair of nines. The turn was the A♦ and river the 3♦, and Bjoornkjaer was eliminated in seventh.

Kaitz20 then opened for 15 million from early position (a 3x raise), and it folded to casasola10 who reraised all in for a little more -- to 16,599,798 -- from the small blind. tristan2287 folded the big blind, and Kaitz20 quickly called, showing J♠J♣ to casasola10's 9♦9♠. The five community cards came 3♦K♥3♠Q♣8♥, and casasola10 was gone in sixth.

The blinds moved to 3m/6m, and sokoluk1991 min-raised to 12 million from the small blind. RaZorFaZoR then shoved for 41,964,622, and sokoluk1991 called. RaZorFaZoR had picked up a monster in Q♦Q♠, but unfortunately for him sokoluk1991 had drawn A♦A♣. The board ran out 8♦2♦5♣J♣2♠, and they were down to four.

That's when tristan2287 opened with an all-in raise for 7,204,920 from UTG and got two callers -- Kaitz20 (small blind) and sokoluk1991 (big blind). Both checked down the J♠4♠Q♦3♦Q♣ board, and when Kaitz20 tabled 9♠4♦ for two pair the others mucked, with tristan2287 knocked out in fourth.

At that point the remaining trio hastily agreed to pause the craziness and talk about a possible deal. sokoluk1991 had the chip lead with about 174.3 million, Kaitz20 was next with 165.4 million, and King-2-Z had the "short" stack with almost 60.2 million.

It took a few minutes, but the players eventually agreed to terms with $35,258.83 going to sokoluk1991, $34,000 to Kaitz20, and $25,741.17 for King-2-Z, leaving $5,000 on the table for which to play.

Cards back in the air, it took about two minutes for the next elimination to occur.

With the blinds up to 4m/8m, sokoluk1991 made it 16 million to go from the small blind, and King-2-Z pushed all in for 59,192,380 from the big blind. sokoluk1991 called, showing Q♣J♠ and needing to hit versus King-2-Z's A♣T♥.

sokoluk1991 would hit, the flop coming 4♦3♥Q♦ to pair his queen. The turn was the 3♦ and river the 9♣, and King-2-Z took third.

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Heads up began with those 400 million chips divided thusly: sokoluk1991 243,579,037, Kaitz20 156,420,963. The pair would play but 11 hands, with Kaitz20 seizing the lead momentarily but soon relinquishing it back.
On the final hand, coming just over seven hours after the first hands of the record-setting event were dealt, the blinds were 5m/10m. Kaitz20 opened by pushing all in for 119,433,852 from the button, and sokoluk1991 called. Kaitz20 held an ace with A♣9♦, but sokoluk1991's ace was better as he had A♠Q♦.
The flop came Q♥J♠6♦, increasing sokoluk1991's lead, and the 7♠ on the turn made the T♣ river no matter. Take a look (although you can barely see the community cards behind those mountains of chips):

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Congratulations to sokoluk1991 of Russia for taking down the world's biggest online poker tournament ever, earning just over $40,000 for a little over seven hours' work!

Oh, and one dollar.

PokerStars 10th Anniversary World Record Tournament results (*reflects three-way deal):
1st: sokoluk1991 (Russia) -- $40,258.83*
2nd: Kaitz20 (Estonia) -- $34,000*
3rd: King-2-Z (United Kingdom) -- $25,741.17*
4th: tristan2287 (Spain) -- $10,000
5th: RaZorFaZoR (Germany) -- $8,000
6th: casasola10 (Costa Rica) -- $6,500
7th: Bjoornkjaer (Denmark) -- $5,250
8th: pumata13 (Bulgaria) -- $4,000
9th: herbert68 (Germany) -- $3,000
10th: Garin4o (Ukraine) -- $2,250

For more reports on PokerStars 10th Anniversary celebration, click here.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

PokerStars breaks world record for largest tournament, 2011-12-04

PokerStars breaks world record for largest tournament

10th-ann-thumb.JPGIt became very clear many days ago that PokerStars would be making history today. Our previous Guinness World Record for the largest poker tournament was 149,196 players, and we zoomed passed that figure in early registrations so fast that the 200,000 cap was reached well before kick-off today. So a huge pat on the back to all of you who took part in the $1 tournament - a representative from Guinness World Records has approved the result. You're all record-breakers!

At the time of writing, play in the tournament is still going on, with 11,000 hardy souls still in with a shout for the $50,000 first prize, a very healthy return on a $1 buy-in. While legions of you were playing at home all around the world, some folk got together to play at the Prague Hilton hotel, where EPT Prague starts tomorrow.

Just moments after being officially unveiled as a member of Team PokerStars Pro, WSOP runner-up Martin Staszko joined some of his new team mates to play in the tournament. Sitting with him were Fatima Moreira de Melo, Martin Hruby, Richard Toth, Marcin Horecki and Dag Palovic as well as some PokerStars players who were invited to join in the fun and have some drinks on us.

Martin Staszko (left), playing with Martin Hruby and Dag Palovic
Watching all this was Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who confirmed the entry field of 200,000 and then promptly handed Fatima an official Guinness certificate while being showered with confetti and streamers.

Celebration: Gaz Deaves of Guinness confirms the world record is smashed...
... and presents Fatima Moreira de Melo with the official certificate
As the tournament itself is still a long way from finishing, we'll bring you the full results tomorrow, and also try and get a chat with the winner. If you're still in, the very best of luck to you!

Some balloons and the screen tell the story in Prague
It's our anniversary