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- Current Players: 57,286 (Fri, Dec 13 2013, 12:18am EST)
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- NUTS: PokerStars is the largest online poker site on the planet, by far. Because of their popularity, they can offer some of the largest bonuses, greatest guarantees, and highest stakes. Their constantly evolving promotional system is considered to be one of the most player friendly in the business.
- BEATS: PokerStars has stopped accepting US players, which has hurt their traffic in the days since Black Friday. With that being said, they still remain the web's most popular poker destination. There is no "Instant Play" option with PokerStars, which means that users will be required to perform a standard software download and install.
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|No-Limit Ring Stakes||$.01 - .02 up to $200 - 400|
|Limit Ring Stakes||$.02 - .04 up to $1000 - $2000|
|Sit & Go Stakes||$1 + $.20 up to $5,500 + $100|
|US Players||No - [Bovada Poker is our #1 room for US players!]|
|Hands Dealt||— (as of —)|
|Resizable Tables||Fully Customizable|
Poker Stars.com Overview
PokerStars is the home to four of the last five Main Event Champions at the annual World Series of Poker – Pius Heinz (2011), Jonathan Duhamel (2010), Joe Cada (2009), and Peter Eastgate (2008). Joe Hachem (2005), Greg Raymer (2004), and even Chris Moneymaker (2003) have all counted themselves as part of the PokerStars family at one point or another. But WSOP Main Event Champions are not the only members of the exclusive PokerStars Team Pro. Viktor "Isildur1" is a former member, and current members include Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Jake Cody, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier and Daniel Negreanu, just to name a few.
Even if you are not a WSOP contender, PokerStars is the best online network for both tournaments and Sit & Go's. In fact, they have about 600,000 played per week, which is about one every second! They offer both for just about every popular variety of poker played today at a variety of limits, including Hold'em, Omaha, Stud, Razz, 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, and mixed games. Sit & Go's are very popular and run all day, everyday, with buy-ins starting from $1 .50 and going all the way to $5,000. Sit & Go formats available include Hypers Speed, Turbo Speed, 6-Max, Heads Up and Fifty50. One of the most popular formats is the 180 Man multi table tournaments that a lot of players use to fill in space on their screens while they are playing the bigger scheduled tournaments. These are available at the Turbo, Hyper and regular speeds, and start from $1, and go up to $35 Turbo Speed Tournaments.
With more than decent volumes, so much choice on offer and a player pool including those less able at all levels, if Sit & Go's are your thing, PokerStars is the best play to ply your trade. As for multi-table tournaments, PokerStars is not only the king, but the queen and the rest of the royal family. The variety of tournaments, buy-ins, guarantees, satellites, games, freerolls, and events are so much larger than any site today that they are beyond comparison. They offer a range of regular buy-ins from as low as $.10 up to the $1,050 Super Tuesday event. Among their most popular guaranteed tournaments are their "Daily Bigs". They also offer special tournaments based on the day, for example the Wednesday Hundred Grand is a $320 buy in event, with a guaranteed $100k prizepool.
Don't forget about their Sunday tournaments either, although it is doubtful that you could. These include the Sunday Million ($1,000,000 guaranteed), the Sunday Warm-Up ($215 buy-in, $500K guaranteed), and the Sunday Second Chance ($215, $125K guaranteed). These alone are larger than most other sites' Sunday main event tournaments, meaning PokerStars has the largest tournaments anywhere! But if these are a little out of your price range, PokerStars also run the $11 Sunday Storm, with $300k guaranteed, which attracts over 30,000 runners every week.
In addition to these weekly events, PokerStars also offer regular Poker festivals such as the WCOOP and SCOOP, and the very popular Micro Millions series. PokerStars lists a complete schedule for all of their tournaments on their website, and announces these festivals with enough time for players to plan the events they want to play, and in some cases, attract investors.
Finally, if you like ring games, PokerStars offers all their games as ring games with limits from $.01/.02 to $200/400. Because the player base is so large (with 14,000+ active tables), it doesn't matter if you have a $50 bankroll or $50,000 because you will always be able to find a table to suit you. PokerStars is a great place to polish your skills with hundreds of cash tables in all sorts of games.
All of this is backed up by an amazing VIP Reward system that lets players use points to buy bonuses or rewards. Their VIP ranking system lets players earn more FPPs based on how much you play, letting you earn points up to five times faster! This, combined with FTR's 100% initial deposit bonus, gives PokerStars one of the best bonus systems around. If you manage to reach the heights of SuperNova Elite, you can earn back up to 70% of your rake in bonuses.
With the recent addition of the PokerStars.EU domain, players from EU countries are now able to play on PokerStars without incurring large tax bills. This mainly impacts players from the Scandinavian countries, but you should confirm if you are effected by speaking to a professional.
Pokerstars is owned by The Rational Group, who are based on the Isle of Man, and are considered by many to be the best run operator in online gaming today. Pokerstars is licensed by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, and holds all player funds in verified segregated accounts to ensure the security of these funds, and they also hold other licences in jurisdictions such as Malta, France, Italy and Spain.
PokerStars User ReviewsOverall Rating: 4.04 / 5
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In terms of software, I’ve never had any problems. It does everything it’s supposed to and looks slick with lots of customisable options to suit your preferences. Tables are fully adjustable in terms of size and you have all the standard stacking and tiling options to help with multitabling. It’s easy and intuitive to use and I don’t know of many people who have had problems with it.
As for action, as previously mentioned, it’s the biggest site around. This means there is lots of action from micro stakes all the way up to high stakes and everywhere in between. For cash games most game types are covered and there’s a big crowd for everything so you shouldn’t find yourself waiting for too long to get in on a game. There’s tonnes of tournaments catering for all bankrolls and preferences so if tournament poker is your thing, once again you should find more than you can handle and plenty to keep you busy. Pretty much the same things can be said for sit n go games, with a wealth of options and again pretty busy at most stakes. As I type, games are filling up for no limit hold ‘em sit n gos up to a $1000 buy in.
As for the fish factor, I think it’s probably a bit tougher than some other sites, but it’s still easy enough to build a bankroll at the micro stakes as there is always stupid people doing stupid things so if you are going there to learn the trade it’s a fine place to learn, but as the stakes go up the games get increasingly tougher and if your sole purpose is to look for really easy games then maybe this isn’t the place for you, but if you are after a wide large player pool with a good mix of abilities then it’s ideal.
Overall, it’s either here or Full Tilt, so maybe try both and see how you feel.
PokerStars offer Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7-Card Stud and 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo. PokerStars is home to online pokers equivalent on the "World Series of Poker" the "World Championship of Online Poker" (WCOOP). Pot limit and No Limit action is also available at this site.
All in all PokerStars is a very userfriendly and rewarding online poker room. You can win the entry to World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker using an entry from PokerStars.