2007 was ended in style for Team Pokerstars, with a fantastic final week for both the card room and their sponsored professionals. Not only did Dario Minieri bulldoze his way through the big Sunday tournaments, but the online cash tables had record breaking traffic.
The Italian superstar, Minieri, the first person to claim a Porsche Caymen entirely from his Pokerstars Frequent Player Points, had been demolishing the highest level heads up SNGs of late, winning over $450,000 in his last 2000 matches. But in a 24 hour period on Sunday, he managed to pull off one of the most prolific victories in online history, winning three of the hardest field tournaments in a row.
He won $50,000 when he took down the $10,000 High Stakes Showdown, the weekly heads up tournament which players like Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu and Sorel Mizzi frequent. He also won the very tough $215 rebuy event, which is often an exclusively a pro laden field, for $56,000. He capped it off by winning the $5,200 winner-takes-all freezeout for $100,000.
Minieri also had a very deep 42nd place finish in the Sunday Million, in just 24 hours he had managed to win over $200,000 and presumably picked up a few more FFPs along the way for his next Porsche.
But he wasn't the only person in Team Pokerstars celebrating at the end of the year. This is because they managed to break the record for the number of real money ring game players over the weekend, with more than 20,000 at the tables at once. This beat the previous record of 16,960 which was found at a pre-UIGEA Party Poker.
Pokerstars status as the industry leader appears to have been cemented in 2007 and if last weekend was anything to go by, they certainly are the place to be in 2008. Don't forget you get an exclusive 150% bonus when you sign up to Pokerstars with Pokernews.