PokerStars Review

PokerStars
Size 100
TPS/Player Feedback 98
Customer Service 96
Banking Options/Speed 94
Gameplay 94
Game Selection 97
Security 100
Overall Score 97

PokerStars is the largest and most popular online poker room where both the beginner poker player and the seasoned World Series of Poker professional can find a table and a game to match his or her wallet and skill level.

On any given day more than 200,000 poker players hit the tables at PokerStars (even more than that on the weekends) to try their luck at becoming the next Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, or Daniel Negreanu—poker professionals who play at and endorse PokerStars.

One of the reasons PokerStars has become the most popular online poker site is because PokerStars offers a host of satellite (qualifying) tournaments that allow you to win your way into high stakes events such as the World Series of Poker.

It’s not uncommon for players at PokerStars to win a seat in the World Series of Poker after spending only $5 to enter a qualifying satellite tournament. In fact, PokerStars sent over 2,000 Texas Hold’em players to last year’s World Series of Poker main event, and none of them had to spend the $10,000 it costs to enter the event (if you don’t win your way in).

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(PokerStars Lobby)

(PokerStars Lobby)

Another main reason why PokerStars has become the leading online poker site is because of the sheer volume of players that visit the site each day. At any given hour, on any day of the week, you’re sure to find a game or tournament to match the dollar amount you wish to play for.

From table games starting as low as $0.02/$0.04, and increasing to as high as $1,000/$2,000, to Sit N’ Go tournaments that fill up in a matter of minutes, once you sign up for PokerStars you can begin playing immediately.

Bonuses: Like most online poker sites, PokerStars offers a variety of player incentives. PokerStars offers Bonuses two different ways: through deposit bonuses, and through Frequent Player Points (FPP) rewards.

Deposit Bonuses: Any player who opens a PokerStars account will receive a 100% bonus up to $600. What this means is that when you sign up for an account, PokerStars will give you a bonus equal to the amount you deposit, up to $600.

And you don’t have to make your deposits all at once; you can make up to three subsequent deposits (within 90 days) which will qualify towards your bonus. Just enter the code STARS600 each time you deposit money.

You then earn your bonus by playing at PokerStars and collecting VIP Player Points (VPPs). The more you play, the more you earn, and you have six months to earn your entire bonus. So even if you lose some of the money you deposited (God forbid!), you still have a good chance of earning more than that back just through bonuses. It’s a great way to earn free cash!

PokerStars also occasionally offers Re-load bonuses for current players up to 50% of your deposit. Check back here often to find out when these bonuses are offered.

PokerStars Rewards Program: The more you play, the more you are rewarded at PokerStars. Frequent Player Points (FPPs) are earned throughout your play and can be used to play in World Series of Poker Satellite Tournaments; special FPP tournaments; regularly scheduled cash tournaments; or to purchase poker merchandise available at the PokerStars store.

Just think…you can earn your way into next year’s World Series of Poker without paying a single cent to enter! Just use your frequent player points to enter one of the WSOP super-satellites offered at PokerStars and you can play your way in without touching the money in your account.

The Facts about PokerStars

Limits: $0.02/$0.04 up to $1,000/$2,000

Games:

  • Texas Hold’em
  • Omaha Hi-Lo
  • Omaha
  • Seven Card Stud
  • Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
  • Razz
  • HORSE
  • Large collection of tournaments, qualifiers and special events open to all players.

Tournament Qualifiers:

  • World Series of Poker
  • European Poker Tour
  • World Championship of Online Poker
  • Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure
  • World Cup of Poker

Depositing Funds*:        ($10 minimum deposit)

  • E-checks
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Diners Club
  • Cashier’s Check/Money Order ($100 minimum)

*Above deposit options available for residents of the United States. Most other countries allow you to deposit using a variety of online payment providers including, but not limited to: Click2Pay, ClickandBuy, NETeller, Moneybookers, EntroPay, and more.

Site Security: PokerStars site security has been verified by outside consulting firms hired to inspect the integrity of the site. PokerStars takes extreme measure to prevent cheating and player collusion and is well-trusted throughout the online poker community.

Financial Security: Funds are held in segregated accounts managed by a leading European Bank, ensuring that “PokerStars can at all times fulfill its monetary obligations toward its online poker players, and will provide further reassurance that players’ funds are always secure with PokerStars.”

Cashing Out: PokerStars allows you to cash out any or all of your available funds. Payment is quick, with direct bank transfers appearing in your account within 3-5 business days, and cash-outs to NETeller and other online payment providers occurring instantaneously.

Rakes: Rakes (or fees collected by the site) are collected for cash games and are based on the pot size. PokerStars rakes are small— for example, there is only a $0.25 for every $5.00 in the pot when playing on $1.00/$2.00 limit tables.

Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian or Japanese.

Play Multiple Tables at Once: Yes

Play for Free: Yes (free tournaments and individual table play)

Site reliability: Very Good

Live help:
Yes

E mail response speed:
Fast

Established: 2001

PokerStars Table

(PokerStars Table)

The Verdict: PokerStars

Trusted, reputable, popular, and an enormous variety of tournaments and cash games available— we highly recommend PokerStars for all levels of online poker players, especially for tournament players.

From cash games, to free roll (events that are free to enter), satellite, high-stakes, and Sit-and-Go tournaments (tournaments that start when the number of participants is filled), we are thoroughly impressed with the diversity of the games and the tournaments offered at PokerStars.

We are also impressed with PokerStars 24-hour customer service, as well as the security measures PokerStars has in place to ensure your money is safe and to prevent collusion.

We also like the high volume of players that play at PokerStars. You never have to search for a game, and the tournaments are always full- ensuring top dollar prizes.

We say: Give it a try. There’s a reason it’s the number one online poker site.

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