Here are ten notable poker records that were broken in 2021:
1. Largest Online Poker Tournament: In August 2021, the record for the largest online poker tournament was shattered during the GGPoker WSOP Online Event. A total of 93,016 players registered, surpassing the previous world record.
2. Highest Online Poker Prize Pool: The same GGPoker WSOP Online Event mentioned above also set the record for the highest online poker prize pool. It reached a massive $20,002,800, surpassing the previous record.
3. Most World Series of Poker (WSOP) Bracelets: Phil Hellmuth, a renowned professional poker player, broke his own record by winning his 16th WSOP bracelet in July 2021. This victory further solidified his position as the player with the most bracelets in WSOP history.
4. Largest Cash Prize in a Single Online Poker Tournament: In 2021, the record for the largest cash prize won in a single online poker tournament was set. The player known as “BigBlindBets” emerged victorious in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ and secured a massive prize of $2,462,491.
5. Highest Earnings by a Female Poker Player: In February 2021, Kristen Bicknell, a Canadian professional poker player, surpassed $6 million in lifetime live poker earnings. This achievement solidified her position as the highest-earning female player in live poker tournaments.
6. Youngest WSOP Main Event Winner: The 2021 WSOP Main Event crowned its youngest champion ever. The winner, Damian Salas from Argentina, claimed the prestigious title at the age of 45.
7. Fastest Spin & Go Millionaire: One fortunate player achieved the fastest Spin & Go millionaire status on PokerStars in May 2021. The player with the username “xtrem57” won $1 million in just four minutes and 33 seconds.
8. Longest Heads-Up Poker Marathon: The collaborative effort between Guillaume Nolet and Pascal Lefrancois set the record for the longest continuous heads-up poker marathon. The session lasted for a staggering 48 hours and 9 minutes in May 2021.
9. Largest Pot in Online Poker History: In February 2021, professional poker players Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Wiktor “limitless” Malinowski competed in the biggest online cash game pot ever recorded. The pot reached an astonishing $1,254,400.
10. Most Consecutive Wins in the WSOP Main Event: Johnny Moss’s record for the most consecutive victories at the WSOP Main Event (1970-1971 and 1974) was equaled by Stu Ungar in 2021. Ungar’s feat of winning the Main Event three times consecutively still stands as a remarkable achievement in poker history.