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PokerStars shuffling up 95 billionth hand

I'm reminded of a father, tired after more than a decade of driving, stopping, stopping, and stopping again on a road trip.

"This is the last time we're stopping!" he screams. "The next time this car stops, we'll be at grandma's!"

This, my friends, is the last stop on the Road to 100 Billion before the big one.

Today PokerStars reminded us the 95 billionth is coming soon. To celebrate, PokerStars will be throwing milestone parties, giving away prizes on select hands, and offering at least $20,000 to the winner of the 95 billionth hand winner.

It's only been a few months since m1sspiggy won $66,000 in PokerStars 90 billionth hand. Now it's time to make one more stop before the 100 billionth.

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With so many milestone hands on the way, you might want to prepare yourself. Here are some tips from the PokerStars crew on how to give yourself the best chance at winning some extra cash.

Play on more tables - If you are able to play on more than one table at a time, you will increase your chances of being dealt into a milestone hand.
Play longer sessions - The size of the prizes depends on the number of VIP Player Points (VPPs) you have earned while sitting at the table. Try to take a seat at a table well in advance of the next milestone hand to increase the amount of your potential prize.
Loosen up - you earn VPPs every time you contribute to a raked pot. The more pots you play in, the more VPPs you will earn.

For full details on the promotion, visit the PokerStars Road to 100 Billion home page.

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging

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