Quite simply the nuts of the online poker realm, PokerStars boasts a massive player base that caters for beginners and pros alike. Founded in 2000, PokerStars has been top of the industry for over a decade, and is home of WSOP legends Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker and Joe Hachem. An extensive, multi-national community has seen PokerStars organise live events such as the PCA Caribbean adventure and ‘The Big Game’, and become primary sponsor of the European Poker Tour. Its extensive FPP VIP program enables players to reach Supernova Elite status, and follow in the footsteps of Dario Minieri by purchasing a Porsche Cayman purely with loyalty points.
Bonus and Promotions
Recently, PokerStars emulated rival Full Tilt Poker by offering a 100% up to $600 initial deposit bonus. This is released in increments of $10, at a rate of 17 VPP per $1 of bonus. PokerStars has stolen a march on its rival by allowing two reload bonuses and giving players a six month completion time. Your VPP level determines the rate of which you can acquire FPP points. These in turn can be exchanged for a range of novelty items in the online store, or used in tournament satellites.
PokerStars boasts a diverse range of promotions. Whether you’re a seasoned online veteran looking for a spot in ‘The Big Game’, or a small-stakes SnG grinder looking to top the monthly rake-race charts, PokerStars offers plenty of incentives. If you want to build a bankroll from scratch, PokerStars is the place to start. Country specific Freerolls such as the Nordic Summer series offer a $4,000 guaranteed prize pool. It is reported that Justin Bieber was bought a Lamborghini Gallardo by rapper P Diddy for his 16th birthday, and you too can secure your own supercar by competing in the Lamborghini Freeroll.
If any poker site symbolises the American Dream and land of opportunity, it’s PokerStars. Tournaments run with buy-ins as low as 5FPP/$0.10 daily, and although they attract monster fields, players have the chance to win big bucks from minimal investment. For more experienced players, the WCOOP and SCOOP online ‘festivals’ can help propel you to international stardom. Team PokerStars Online features a crop of burgeoning young talent who achieved sponsorship just by playing online. With over 22,500 ring game and 155,000 tournament players operating during peak periods, waiting times are non-existent. Every poker variant is well represented, including Razz, 2-7 triple draw and Badugi. The PokerStars player base is an interesting mix of complete novices and savvy regulars, so the learning curve is steep as you climb up the stakes. Be sure to check average pot size and the percentage of players going to the flop stats with regards to table selection, so you can single out the fishiest games.
PokerStars offer a sound, functional software package. The detailed game filter options maximise accessibility. Everything is customisable, from player avatars to background skins and card decks. PokerStars is fully compatible with Poker HUD / tracking software, and a virtual hand re-player provides basic information on opponents. PokerStars features a handy player search tool, and efficient cash transfer option, which makes it ideal for staking. PokerStars is a dreamland for aspiring multi-tablers, with up to 24 cash game windows supported.
Just like Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars offers no live-chat feature, but compensates with prompt e-mail support. Pre-paid cards Paysafe and Ukash are available for European customers, whereas e-Check allows instant deposit and withdrawal for American players.