The world’s largest online poker site, PokerStars, celebrated the play of its 40,000,000,000th hand around lunchtime today. 400 million of those hands were dealt since last Wednesday, when PokerStars began awarding cash prizes to players seated in every millionth online poker hand in anticipation of the upcoming 40 billion milestone.
Each of the online poker players who participated in the long awaited 40 billionth hand received $400 for each VIP Player Point (VPP) accumulated at the fateful table over the previous 40 hands leading up to number 40 billion. The winner of the climactic poker hand was awarded twice that amount.
Thousands railed the online poker game to watch the 40 billionth hand at PokerStars dealt to table Naef III. The $2/$4 No Limit Texas Hold’em game was won by Senecady of Stockholm, Sweden. The board showed 7s Qh 7d 10c 7c, with Senecady holding Kc 10s for a sevens over tens full house. Senecady claimed $24,000 in prize money for his achievement as the winner of the 40,000,000,000th hand, in addition to the $350 pot.
The other five players of the monumental poker hand earned cash prizes for their participation in the 40 billionth hand, as well. 13_Xerxes_13 of France and Joe Hahn of Holland were each awarded $1,500. jeckjeck of Sweden received $12,400.80. thecooler992 and zawaaa Ã¢â‚¬â€œ both from the US Ã¢â‚¬â€œ were each given $15,590.20.
PokerStars was established in 2000, and broke the 25 billion hand mark only a year ago, on the morning of February 16, 2009. At this rate it won’t be long before that 50 billionth hand comes in!
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