From hand #1 to here

The PokerStars story started in 2001, long before Full Tilt or Amaya entered the picture. Check out a brief history of how the three companies championed and grew online gaming around the world.

2001December

2001
December

PokerStars launches real money tables. The first account holder is Swedish player Oskar ‘pokermaniac’ Hornell

2002 July

2002
July

World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) launches and generates a total prize pool of $730,000

2003 May

2003
May

Chris Moneymaker wins World Series of Poker Main Event for $2.5 million after qualifying in an $86 satellite at PokerStars.com

2004 January

2004
January

The first PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) takes place on the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas cruise ship and is won by Gus Hansen for $455,780

2004 September

2004
September

PokerStars launches the European Poker Tour. The first season features seven stops with tournaments in Barcelona, London, Dublin, Copenhagen, Deauville, Vienna and Monte Carlo

2005 March

2005
March

The first EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo sets the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Europe, with a prize pool of €2,110,000

2006 March

2006
March

The Sunday Million launches as the first weekly tournament to have a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million

2007 June

2007
June

Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu joins Team PokerStars Pro and becomes the site’s main brand ambassador

2008 October

2008
October

PokerStars.it launches as a fully-licensed site for Italian players; becomes biggest poker site in Italy and sixth largest in the world

2009 March

2009
March

The biggest live poker room in continental Asia, the PokerStars Macau poker room, opens its doors at the Casino Grand Lisboa

2009 April

2009
April

PokerStars introduces the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which is unique in that it features the same events at three buy-in levels – Low, Medium and High

2009 October

2009
October

PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge becomes most-watched poker TV show ever, with more than two million viewers each week

2010 June

2010
June

PokerStars becomes one of the first operators granted a French online gaming licence and launches www.pokerstars.fr

2011 April

2011
April

PokerStars and other leading online poker operators withdraw from US market following legal challenge by US Department of Justice

2011 December

2011
December

PokerStars unveils ‘player protection plan’ with French regulator ARJEL, establishing a separate trust structure to ensure player funds are fully protected

2011 December

2011
December

PokerStars sets an official Guinness World Record for the largest online tournament with 200,000 players buying into $1 event

2012 January

2012
January

Following in the tradition of PokerStars’ WCOOP and SCOOP series, TCOOP (Turbo Championship of Online Poker) is launched

2012 February

2012
February

Following successful launch in Italy in January, PokerStars Mobile app receives real money launch in UK and is rolled out in other territories during 2012

2012 March

2012
March

PokerStars launches MicroMillions – the low stakes tournament series with big prizes. It goes on to become the most popular online festival ever with 1,294,883 entries

2012 May

2012
May

The fourth Spring Championship of Online Poker becomes the richest online poker festival of all time, awarding $65,332,179 to players

2012 May

2012
May

Fast-fold ring game format Zoom Poker is officially launched and becomes a massive hit, with more than a quarter of all cash game hands on the internet being played in Zoom

2012 June

2012
June

Spanish tennis star Rafa Nadal joins Team PokerStars as a brand ambassador, appearing in PokerStars’ largest ever marketing campaign for PokerStars Mobile

2012 July

2012
July

PokerStars settles case with US DOJ with no admission of wrongdoing for past US activity. As part of agreement, PokerStars obtains assets of former competitor Full Tilt Poker

2012 September

2012
September

Micro-stakes player ‘maratik’ wins the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1,000,907 after qualifying for the $5,200 tournament for just 40 Frequent Player Points

2013 June

2013
June

microulis69 from Greece is awarded $103,800 after winning PokerStars 100 billionth hand. More than $5 million is awarded to PokerStars players during the 100 Billion Hands Celebration.

2014 January

2014
January

Full Tilt rolls out the site’s first casino games, including single player and multi-player Blackjack and Roulette. Both are available at play and real money tables.

2014 june

2014
June

Amaya Gaming Group acquires Rational Group – owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt brands – for $4.9 billion, becoming one of the world’s largest publicly-traded online gaming companies.

2014 june

2014
June

Jackpot Sit & Go’s – lottery-style three-handed hyper-turbo S&Gs with up to 2000x jackpot-prize multipliers – are launched on Full Tilt.

2014 August

2014
August

The first major client update in years, PokerStars 7, receives .com beta launch. New software focuses on customisation and quick and easy access to games.

2014 September

2014
September

Following launch in Spain and Italy, Spin & Go's are released on PokerStars.com. Inspired by the Golden Sit & Go's that PokerStars debuted in 2013, more than 22 million are played in the first month.

2014 September

2015
January

Three players win $1 million playing $5 Spin & Go's on PokerStars, which take just a few minutes to play.