Pokerstars' 2011 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) began Sunday with over 17,000 players taking part so far.
The first event drew more than 7,500 players for the first event, a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize pool $200 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max Two-Day tournament. After that, another 10,107 poker hopefuls signed up for a $200 No-Limit Hold'em Two-Day tournament.
The beginning tournament saw Ashley Mason win the first tournament, winning the grand prize of $430,000 while his second place opponent "xraypies" took home $310,000.
Even with a big start to the WCOOP, not everything went smoothly for PokerStars. On Monday evening European Time, a glitch occured and crashed the PokerStars site for a bit less than an hour, causing fury among tournament players.
A message released by PokerStars during the glitch said: "All tournaments have been paused while we attempt to resolve the issue affecting gameplay. Tournaments will resume as soon as possible. When we are ready to resume, we will post a 5-minute warning before doing so."