One of the toughest decisions for those new to online poker is choosing a poker room. With hundreds of rooms to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out the best room for you. There are many factors to consider when looking for the perfect room, including deposit bonuses, number of players, types of opponents, customer support, and VIP/rakeback programs.
One of the few sites excelling in all of these options is PokerStars. What keeps me coming back to PokerStars is their excellent customer support. No other poker site responds to your questions and concerns as quickly as PokerStars. On top of their quick response time, PokerStars seems to listen to concerns about their software and VIP Programs, altering them frequently due to customer requests.
Besides their customer support, PokerStars boasts the largest player base of any online poker site in the world. Even during non-peak times there can be more than 200,000 players online, providing a lot of games and a lot of fish. Not only does PokerStars have a huge player base, but the players themselves can be quite fishy. Even at higher-stakes there are plenty of bad players to be found, which is great for those who enjoy those games.
Besides cash games, PokerStars also has the largest tournaments on the internet including the $1,500,000 Guaranteed Sunday Million, the $750,000 Guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up, and the $200,000 Guaranteed Sunday Second Chance. The Million typically has an excess of 8,000 players paying the $200+$15 fee which players can satellite into for as little as $1. For those who prefer SNGs over MTTs, PokerStars has you covered as well. The amount of SNGs which run on a daily basis is mind-blowing. Even at the $50+$5 level there might be 20 games running simultaneously. Enter those games with caution, as they tend to have very tough players who prefer SNGs over cash games due to PokerStars' VIP Program.
The VIP Program, which rewards players for generating rake in cash games or tournament fees in SNGs and MTTs, is one of best found online. There are six levels in the program, each offering more benefits and options than the one before. Those reaching the highest level, Supernova Elite, can earn over $120,000 in bonuses and tournament entries over the course of a year. To earn all of those prizes a player needs to generate approximately $200,000 in rake over the course of a calendar year. If you cannot reach such a high level, do not fret, as even the Platinum Star Level will result in approximately 20% rakeback through cash bonuses. Their VIP Store not only contains cash prizes, but also electronics, tournament entries, and even a Porsche!
Finally, PokerStars has recently introduced a $600 first-time deposit bonus, a huge upgrade over their previous $50 bonus. The $600 will be released into your account in $10 increments every time you earn 170VPPs, which is a pretty decent rate. PokerStars also gives you six months to clear the bonus, which is plenty of time for even the lower stakes players.
With the best customer support in the business, the largest amount of players, and a great VIP/Rakeback program, PokerStars is clearly head-and-shoulders above the rest of the online poker rooms. On top of everything, PokerStars is one of only a handful of major sites still accepting US Players. So, the next time you’re looking for a change be sure to check out PokerStars, where you can “find the Poker Star in you.”
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