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PokerStars



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Summary

PokerStars is, by far, the king of poker rooms. With over 30 million players and regularly more than 200 000 active players at their tables, PokerStars guarantees everyone continuous action, no matter the game or the stake, day and night.

PokerStars had to withdraw from the American market in April 2011, following what is now known as Black Friday. Nonetheless, PokerStars straightened up rapidly, made sure everyone of its players got reimbursed, then went ahead and bought Full Tilt Poker. This should help refund most of the players of its old competitor. PokerStars is now recognized as one of the most honest online poker room in the business.

PokerStars rules the world of tournaments. As well with SNG as with multi table tournaments, PokerStars says it starts a tournament every second! They offer every single possible form and variant, for every budget, with a ton of freerolls. At peak hours, 150 000 players compete in tournaments on the site.

PokerStars' s software is usually considered as the best in the business, just like their customer support. It supports Windows and Mac.

Their loyalty program rewards its players well, especially at the higher levels.

Numerous pros, notably 2010 WSOP world Champion Jonathan Duhamel and Daniel Negreanu represent the online room.

PokerStars launched its mobile app in 2012, available for real money play in Canada. Since its launching, it has become a must and contributes largely to the room's popularity.

Highlights / Weaknesses

  • Highlights
  • Has the biggest online tournaments, week after week
  • Honest company that proved to be 100% secure
  • Weaknesses

Bonus and Promotions 8 on 10 - Very good

PokerStars offers a first deposit bonus of 100% up to 600$. This amount can be deposited in three separate amounts inside the first 90 days. It is unlocked in 10$ increments per 170 FPP (loyalty points) and the new player has 6 months to clear his bonus. To take advantage of it, use the link on this page and write "stars600" as bonus code.

Loyalty Program 6 on 10 - Medium

PokerStars started its program in 2006 but it has evolved since then. Originally started with 6 levels, PokerStars introduced a new level and different requirements to reach the lower levels in January 2013. PokerStars gives a lot of return on rake to its biggest players but leaves the vast majority of lower level players on their appetite. In fact, the program is one of the worst for 95% of its players. Each point cumulated can be traded for entries in tournaments, items in their huge store or for cash.

Game Variety 10 on 10 - The best

PokerStars offers the largest-by far- number of different games. Hold'em and Omaha are ever present of course, but PokerStars also offers 7Card Stud, regular, Hi/Low and Razz, Draw, Triple Draw 2-7, single draw 2-7, HORSE, 8Games mixed and Badugi. Only Pineapple and Crazy Pineapple are not available!

In 2012, PokerStars introduced its version of fast poker, named Zoom. Zoom Poker has the same attributes as the rest of PokerStars, perfect quality.

It's also comforting to know that not only are these games offered, but with PokerStars' s traffic, they are always running.

Tournament Traffic 10 on 10 - The best

As far as tournaments are concerned, again PokerStars is in a league of its own. The number, the diversity and the participation are by far unique and uncontested. Many series of tournaments, as the WCOOP, SCOOP, TCOOP, etc are offered regularly, always with the possibility of qualifying for free. The Sunday Million tournament is recognized as the biggest tournament online.

Ring Game Traffic 10 on 10 - The best

With an average of 23 000 real money players and a peak at 37 000, PokerStars has more than 5 times the number of players of any competitor!

Software quality 10 on 10 - The best

The software PokerStars uses is rightly considered as the best and most reliable in the business. It seldom has any problems. Pleasant visually, it offers everything players require and is compatible with all statistical software on the market.

PokerStars has its own software. His random card generator has been tested and approved by Cigital.

In 2012 PokerStars launched a mobile version that meets all the quality criteria that PokerStars offers usually.

Soft competition 7 on 10 - Good

PokerStars having many different limits to its games, the level of play varies a lot obviously. PokerStars being the largest online site, they also have the highest number of regular players at every level, even at the lowest ones. This elevates the level of play and makes it harder to win. However, good patient players will always find new weak, beginners and this makes for very variable levels of play at smaller limits. At higher limits PokerStars is definitely the hardest place to win. The best regulars find themselves there all the time.

The level of play in tournaments on the other hand is relatively lower than at cash games. In major tournaments, since many players qualify through satellites, the level is quite varied.

Support 10 on 10 - The best

With one of the fastest service, PokerStars takes a lot of pride in its efficient support. You can reach them via email24/7 and they are quick and good.

Security 9 on 10 - Excellent

The only security problems ever encountered on PokerStars were in May 2010 when collusion was discovered between a group of Chinese players. The case was reported and quickly solved by PokerStars and players were quickly reimbursed. PokerStars was also facing accusations of wrong doing in the United States but there again the room acted swiftly and fully collaborated with the DoJ.

Deposit & Withdrawal 10 on 10 - The best

PokerStars offers a myriad of deposit/withdrawal options. Their process is fast and efficient.

Deposit options:

eCheck, VISA (Delta, Electron, gift cards and prepaid), MasterCard (gift and prepaid), Neteller, Diners Club International, ClickandBuy, Moneybookers, Solo/Maestro/Switch, wire transfer (minimum $100), ELV, online bank transfer, Paysafe, WebMoney.

Withdrawal options:

Visa, Neteller, Moneybookers, ClickandBuy, WebMoney, check or bank transfer.

Final result: We give PokerStars a rating of 9.00 on 10.

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Details for PokerStars

Compatible with Windows

Compatible with Mac

Website name: PokerStars
Since: 2000
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Country: Isle of Man
Software: PokerStars
Review by PrinceOfPoker
Bonus and Promotions
Loyalty Program
Game Variety
Tournament Traffic
Ring Game Traffic
Software quality
Soft competition
Support
Security
Deposit & Withdrawal
Pros & Cons
  • Best worldwide traffic
  • Best software by a mile
  • The loyalty program doesn't fit micro and small stakes players
  • The level of players is relatively strong
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