The second recent online gambling record breaker was PokerStars’ online poker tournament which attracted 200 000 players. The 10th Anniversary World Record Tournament was organised by Poker Stars with the hope of beating its own previous record of 149 196 players. The 1$ buy-in tournament with a prize pool of 250 000$ easily broke the record with its 200 000 players.
Towards the end of 2011 two notable record breaking events made it into the latest edition of the Guinness Book of Records. The two most recent online gambling record breakers were the winning of the Mega Fortune progressive jackpot slot from Net Entertainment in September 2011 and the world’s largest ever online poker tournament organised by Poker Stars.
Both events were recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as new records. The Guinness Book of Records was first edited in 1955 to answer questions regarding records in many areas. It has been renamed the Guinness World Records and is a worldwide best seller.
Online casino jackpots are usually higher than those in land based casinos. Online progressive jackpots are made up of the jackpots of several online casinos’ gaming machines on the same software platform which are combined to provide a jackpot often reaching millions. The prizes reach such high amounts because the jackpot increases every time a game is played and as the gaming machines are linked many players can be contributing to the jackpot at the same time. Also usually the maximum wager is required to try to win the progressive jackpot.The Mega Fortune slot from Net entertainment is a 5 reel, 25 pay line progressive jackpot slot. It has three different progressive jackpots the Rapid, the Major and the Mega and it pays out some of the largest ever online slots jackpot wins including 4 million, 5.3 million and the record breaking 11.74 million euros (free slot machine Netent). The jackpot can be won by having three or more bonus symbols in a left to right row on a winning line. Then a lucky wheel appears on a screen and one has to follow a series of actions which may lead to a win of millions. In September a Norwegian student in his twenties did just that while playing on Betsson.com. His 11.74 million euro win was the largest ever sum won in any gambling event in Norway and the world’s largest online progressive jackpot win.Betsson Casino which is licensed in Malta and supplied by Net Entertainment, a Swedish leading online software provider are both recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as joint holders for the record for the highest ever online progressive jackpot win.