The Hilton Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic was the venue for the announcement of the latest attempt by prolific Guinness World Records breakers PokerStars.
Aiming to break their own record for 'largest online poker tournament', PokerStars chose to verify and announce the record at the Prague leg of the European Poker Tour together with world No.2 player Martin Staszko and the world's media in attendance.
Although the tournament was capped at a maximum of 200,000 players each with a $1 buy-in and this limit was hit around three hours before the competition was due to start, it was essential that Guinness World Records had access to the correct logs and evidence as soon as the tournament began, creating a real challenge for the engineers at PokerStars to get the right details to us in time to announce the record to the awaiting press.
After a tense few minutes downloading the records of 200,000 players, the record was announced and the official certificate was presented to professional poker player Fatima Moreira de Melo, to the cacophony of confetti cannons.
The winner of the tournament was Russian player sokoluk1991 who took home a cool $40,258.83 (£25,747.90 / 1,254,210 Russian Roubles) for his efforts.