PokerStars is the biggest poker site in the world with over 14 million players worldwide and over 25 billion hands dealt so far on all stakes and skill levels. PokerStars offers a great 24/7 customer support and excellent software features. PokerStars also sponsors some of the world’s most famous poker players, including Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein and WSOP Main Event champions Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem and Greg Raymer. Furthermore PokerStars is still accepting US-Players.
Software and Design
The PokerStars software is one of the best in the poker circus. It is stable, fast and highly customizable. To personalize the software, players can upload an image as their own playing-avatar. The software also has several gratis backgrounds and table layouts. Every player can find a combination that makes him or her happy.
PokerStars is trying to improve their software continuously and therefore has included a automatic update-feature. In late 2008, PokerStars also released a fully-functional Mac-compatible version of its software, allowing Mac players to access the software directly rather than through a third-party Windows emulator.
If you use Linux as operating system, you could also install the PokerStars software on Linux using Wine.
The PokerStars software provides a great variety of available stats. In the lobby, you can see the number of players, the average pot size, the players per pot percentage and the played hands per hour. If you highlight a table you can see the names of the players seated and their stack.
Hand data is available during play and can also be requested for analysis with PokerTracker or PokerOffice. In the game, the software provides a quick callback of the last 200 hands and notes on other players.
PokerStars offers a wide variety of cash-games and tournaments on all limits.
You can play the following variants:
- Fixed Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit Texas Hold'em
- Omaha Hi and Omaha Hi/Lo
- Seven-Card Stud Hi and Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
- HORSE and HOSE
- 2-7 Triple Draw
- 2-7 Single Draw
- Five Card Stud
- 8-Game Mixed
- Hold'em Mixed
- Omaha Hi/Lo Mixed
Tournaments are a big part at PokerStars. Sit & Go and multi-table tournaments are available at all limits. PokerStars itself sponsors a number of guaranteed tournaments such as the
- Sunday Hundred Grant
- 1 Million Turbo Take Down
- Daily Eighty Grant
- Sunday Warm-Up
- Sunday Million
- Sunday Second Chance
PokerStars also offers qualifying satellites for:
- World Series of Poker (WSOP)
- European Poker Tour (EPT)
- Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT)
- World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP)
- PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA)
- World Cup of Poker (WCP)
- Many other leading poker tournaments across the globe
Deposit & Withdrawal options
Depending on the country where you live, you have various deposit and withdrawal options. The minimum deposit account is 10$. If you want to know, which option is available in your country, visit the PokerStars Homepage
- VISA (Delta, Electron, Gift and Prepaid)
- Diners Club International
- cashier's check/money order/bank draft
- local bank transfer
- online bank transfer
- Paysafe card
- couriered check
- direct bank tansfer
Bonuses and Promotions
First Deposit Bonus
PokerStars offers a 100% First-Time Deposit Bonus up to $50. Just Make your first-ever real money deposit and PokerStars will give you a 100% bonus. Simply use the bonus code "Stars50" and collect the required number of Frequently Player Points
From time to time, PokerStars offers a reload bonus for existing real money players. The reload bonus goes from 25% up to 100% of the deposit you make.
PokerStars has a 24/7 customer support via email. Normaly you get your answer within one hour. A telephone assistance is not available till now.
Famous players sponsered by PokerStars:
- Daniel Negreanu
- Chris Moneymaker
- Greg Raymer
- Joe Hachem
- Barry Greenstein
- Isabelle Mercier
- Humberto Brenes
- Victoria Coren
- Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier
- Sebastian Ruthenberg