The Stars Group’s world leading poker brand PokerStars has made history by dealing its 200 billionth hand.

PokerStars dealt its first hand in 2001 and has celebrated each major milestone with huge cash pay outs to the players that made it all happen. The operator dealt its 100 billionth hand in June 2013, taking just six more years to double that figure.

Each of the six players dealt into the 200 billionth hand was awarded $10,000.

PokerStars' 200 Billion Poker Hands celebrations delivered more than $2m to the online poker community in the form of various promotions, including surprise Stars Rewards Chests, more than $400,000 in free tournament ticket drops, a $200,000 Mega Freeroll tournament, and free merchandise and random giveaways from the Stars Store.

Players who have taken part in at least one hand of real-money poker on PokerStars in its history also earned a free spin of the 200 Billion Hands Celebration Wheel for a chance to win up to $2,000 each day, among other prizes. More than 6m spins were awarded over the course of the celebrations.

"Two hundred billion is truly a stellar figure. It's almost inconceivable," said The Stars Group director of poker innovation and operations Séverin Rasset. "We've been looking forward to hitting this milestone for a long-time and it has been our privilege to put on weeks of celebrations to give back to every PokerStars player that has made this happen.

“Everyone here at Stars is very excited about this out of this world achievement. I'd like to congratulate you all. We can't wait to celebrate the next milestone."