PokerStars is the largest poker room online, and it is also larger than all the poker networks. It has the most traffic to its cash game tables, the largest game selection, the biggest assortment of poker tournaments, the biggest guaranteed pots, and so on. PokerStars is the leader by a very wide margin.
Once upon a time, its closest competitor was Full Tilt Poker, but today Full Tilt Poker is owned by PokerStars and run as a sister site. For you as a player, it is every easy to transfer your funds between your PokerStars account and your Full Tilt Poker account.
In order to comply with local legislation, PokerStars has launched several country-specific sites for European countries. There is also the PokerStars.eu site which is run from Malta.
PokerStars was formed in Costa Rica in 2001. Since then, the company has moved to Isle of Man in Europe. PokerStars is owned by a huge gambling company named Amaya Inc.
PokerStars is an excellent choice if your goal is to become a professional online player. Before you decide to become a pro we recommend that you read the website Royale to find out if you are willing to dedicate your life to poker in a way that is necessary to become a pro.
What can I play?
PokerStars has a huge selection of poker variants. Texas Hold’em is available, of course, as well as seven different types of Omaha: Omaha, Omaha HiLo, 5 Card Omaha, 5 Card Omaha HiLo, Courchevel, and Courchevel HiLo.
When it comes to stud games, you can try out 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud HiLo, Razz (7 Card Stud Low) and Triple Stud. For those interested in draw poker, PokerStars offers 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Single Draw and 2-7 Triple Draw.
In the mood for some mixed-game poker? PokerStars have tables for both 8-Game Mix and H.O.R.S.E.
8-Game Mix: Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Texas Hold’em, Limit Omaha Eight or Better HiLo, Razz, Limit 7 Card Stud, Limit Stud Eight or Better HiLo, No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha
H.O.R.S.E: Texas Hold’em, Omaha HiLo, Razz, 7 Card Stud Hi, Eight-or-better (7 Card Stud HiLo)
Is there fast poker?
Yes, PokerStars offers fast poker. PokerStars’ fast poker is called Zoom Poker.
Fast poker means that you are moved to a new table and get new cards as soon as you fold a hand. You never wait for other players to finish a hand that you are no longer involved in.
ZoomPoker is available both as cash game and as tournaments.
PokerStars has an enormous tournament selection, and this is true 24/7 every day of the year. Everything from free rolls to high rollers are available, for many different poker variants. Of course, Texas Hold’em dominates the tournament area just like it dominates the cash game assortment.
In addition to plenty of scheduled tournaments, PokerStars also offers a nice selection of Sit & Go’s.
Looking for a tournament with a guaranteed price pot? This type of tournament is available every day at PokerStars, but the weekend is best if you’re interested in the really fat GTD’s. Throughout the week, free rolls and low buy-in tournaments are available as a part of the satellite structure for the big weekend GTD’s.
The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is an online poker tournament series played at PokerStars once a year (in September). It consists of a long row of tournaments in various disciplines.
PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is another high light on the tournament calender. Just like WCOOP, it consists of a multitude of tournaments and is crowned by a Main Event. As the name suggests, SCOOP takes place every spring.
Win your way to live tournaments
PokerStars sponsors a wide range of live poker events, including European Poker Tour (EPT), North American Poker Tour (NAPT), Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) and Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). Naturally, PokerStars site is always running tournaments and other campaigns where you can win your way to a travel package to any of these sponsored live tournaments. A travel package from PokerStars will typically include buy-in, airfare, hotel accommodation, pocket money and merchandise.
PokerStars do not limit their offering to live events sponsored by PokerStars. It is definitely possible to win travel packages to events such as World Series of Poker (WSOP), World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) and Aussie Millions at PokerStars.
Even if you combined the traffic of PokerStars three main contenders the resulting number wouldn’t even come near the amount of traffic PokerStars has to its cash game tables. Statistics from PokerScout (obtained for a week in May 2015) show an average of 16,000 cash game players online. PokerStars is also known to attract large crowds to its tournaments, causing the prize pots to swell. This is true even for tournaments that aren’t NL Texas Hold’em.
PokerStars is not a part of any poker network, which means that they are free to use any software they want. They have their own proprietary software, tailor-made to suite PokerStars. Many different options are available for the players.
- Play directly in your browser.
- Download a poker client for Windows.
- Download a poker client for (Mac) OS X.
- Play on your smartphone.
- Play on your tablet.
Pokerstars bonuses and other perks
- Register with PokerStars and get a free no-deposit $20 welcome bonus.
- You get 100% bonus on your 1st, 2nd and 3rd deposit to PokerStars. If you take full advantage of this package, you get a total of $600 in bonus money.
- PokerStars always have several campaigns going on for their members, including satellites to tournaments where you can win travel packages to major live poker events. PokerStars is also known for having a lot of raffles and contests.
- PokerStars has a loyalty program where you collect points by playing poker for real money. Loyalty points can be used as tournament buy-in or be exchanged for bonus money or other good stuff.
PokerStars only offers email support. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no live chat, and you can’t call the support by phone. This is not ideal for the players, since it makes it impossible to get help in real time. There is an exception though, if you encounter a problem while trying to deposit money into your account you can get help in real time by sending an email to the Deposit Assistance Department (email@example.com).
PokerStars accepts a long row of transaction methods. Exactly which one that you can use will depend on your geographical residency.
Examples of popular transaction methods accepted by PokerStars are VISA, MasterCard, bank transfer, WebMoney, Neteller, Skrill (Moneybookers), Entropay, PaySafeCard, ClickandBuy, and Ukash.
Since PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker are owned by the same parent company, it is very easy to transfer money from your PokerStars account to your Full Tilt Poker account and vice versa.