PokerStars has set the industry standard for how Online Poker rooms should operate. Their relentless efforts to expand and grow the site has paid off huge dividends in the past few years, and with the addition of such superstars as Daniel Negreanu and Joe Hachem to their team of already stacked pros the site will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with for many more years to come.
As many of you already know, PokerStars has had a storied history in the poker world ever since Chris Moneymaker’s historic 2003 WSOP Main Event victory over Las Vegas gambling legend Sammy Farha. The “poker boom” has been on ever since - and PokerStars has fastly risen to become the number one poker site around the globe today. So big that there are actually 100,000+ players on the site at peak times! With full tables, a nice deposit bonus, and an AMAZING player loyalty rewards program, PokerStars caters to every time of player out there - novice or professional.
The signup bonus at PokerStars is significantly smaller compared to other rooms such as Sportsbook.com or Full Tilt, but even at 100% bonus rate up to $50, it’s still one of the easiest bonuses to clear on ANY room - and they more than make up for the smaller bonus with a great Rewards program for its players.
All you have to do is earn Frequent Player Points - also known as FPP’s - by playing at the ring tables, tournaments, or sit-and-go’s. New players will need to earn 10 times the bonus amount in FPP points at which time the bonus will convert to real money and be transferred into your player account. Once you’ve opened up your account through the Guru, you’ll be able to get much more information on the PokerStars Bonus requirements by checking in on this page throughout the year.
The PokerStars software is hands-down one of the best in the world. It runs smoothly and without glitches - even though the room itself is houses hundreds of thousands of players playing real and play money games. The software has been designed with poker players’ best interests in mind, and has always stayed one step ahead of the competition in terms of playability and functionality.</p>
Players will notice that the PokerStars table and lobby is very customizable. It caters to simplicity and the tabbed browsing and game filters easily allow you to find a game quickly and painlessly. You will also have access to such excellent features that include: resizeable poker tables, instant hand replayers, player notes, as well as interchangeable table themes and card decks.
Additional Notes - In late 2007 PokerStars added a Mac-Compatible version of its software that is now fully downloadable, much like its rivals have over at Full Tilt Poker. Now any Mac user can enjoy the same benefits as Windows users have enjoyed for years in terms of being able to play PokerStars instantly online.
[Download PokerStars Directly]
PokerStars is currently the largest poker room in the world and is filled with players from all time zones, and regularly hits well over 100,000 players simultaneously throughout the days. During peak times PokerStars will cater to over 20,000 real money players alone!
Tournament Figures - The tournament traffic is also #1 in the world at the moment and the site offers a wide variety of MTT’s and sit and go’s running around the clock. PokerStars will have upwards of 160,000 tournament players playing at any one time and literally has some type of tournament beginning EVERY minute on their site.
PokerStars Game Selection
PokerStars offers some of the widest variety of poker games out there, and is only rivaled by such rooms as Full Tilt Poker and Carbon Poker. Poker Stars has some of the top game varieties for any poker site in the world. With limits starting as low as $.01/$.02 for newer players just experimenting with their bankrolls and as high as $1,000/$2,000 for the big ballers who have been known to frequent the room, there’s really no wonder why there’s so many options at your fingertips once you open up the software.
The games that they currently offer include: Pot Limit, Fixed Limit, No Limit, tournaments and sit and goes. Available on heads up , 6 handed max and 9 handed tables.
Omaha - Pot Limit, Fixed Limit, Tournaments and sit and goes. Omaha games available on heads up, 6 handed max and 9 handed tables.
Omaha Hi/Lo - Pot Limit, Fixed Limit, Tournaments and sit and goes. Omaha games available on heads up, 6 handed max and 9 handed tables.
7 Card Stud - Fixed Limit, Tournaments and sit and goes. Available on heads up, and 8 handed tables.
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo - Fixed Limit, Tournaments and sit and goes. Available on heads up, and 8 handed tables.
Razz- Fixed Limit, Tournaments and sit and goes. Razz is available on heads up, and 8 handed tables.
5 Card Draw - Fixed Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit. Tournaments and sit and goes. Available on heads up and 6 handed tables.
2-7 Triple Draw - Fixed Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit. Tournaments and sit and goes. Available on heads up and 6 handed tables.
2-7 Single Draw - Fixed Limit and No Limit. Tournaments and sit and goes. Available on heads up and 6 handed tables.
Badugi - PokerStars officially added this game in NL and PL form recently.
PokerStars also offers several Mixed games including: HORSE, HOSE, Hold’em Mixed, Omaha H/L Mixed and 8-Game.
Popular Promotions and Tourneys
World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) - Once a year PokerStars runs their own little version of what is comparitively known as the online WSOP. The 2008 WCOOP had a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000,000 that covered 33 different tournaments! As the site grows, the prizepool for this yearly event will no doubt increase even more - and players can qualify for as low as $2 or just by using their FPP’s.
Guaranteed Tournaments - PokerStars has amazing Guaranteed prizepool tournaments that attract a lot of players and normally exceed the money put up by Stars EVERY time. The most popular tournament in this format is undoubtedly the heralded Sunday $1.5 Million - which ships the 1st place winner nearly $200,000 every week!
Loyalty Rewards Program - PokerStars runs an amazing loyalty program that allows players to earn FPP’s (Freuent Player Points) at above-average rates just by playing at real money ring games and tournaments. The more players play the more FPPs they will earn, which can then be used in the VIP Store to buy up exclusive poker merchandise, tournament tickets, or just redeem cash vouchers (similar to Rakeback).
PokerStars is widely known to have some of the best customer support teams on the planet despite only having email as a means to communicate with them. Normally, players should receive replies to their inquiries within 15 to 60 minutes of sending it out. Currently, they’re is no live chat or phone support.
The banking options are slightly different depending on the country you reside in. However, general options for depositing are: eCheck (Canada/UK), Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Money Order and Cashier’s Check.
Please check the website itself for additional country options, as well as using an official PokerStars Marketing Code.