PokerStars Review

FEATURES

  • Live poker tournaments
  • Online tournaments and cash games
  • PokerStars LIVE EPT, PCA, PSPC, and online events
  • Team PokerStars Pros

PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • VISA
  • PayPal
  • Mastercard
  • Paysafecard
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bank Transfer
  • Maestro

SOFTWARE OPTIONS

  • Mac
  • PC
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Web

PokerStars is the largest online poker room in the world and hosts major live events such as the European Poker Tour (EPT), PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC).

Launched in 2001 in Costa Rica by Isai Scheinberg and his family, PokerStars has become the biggest poker brand in the game, overtaking other brands such as partypoker and Full Tilt Poker. PokerStars bought the debt of Full Tilt in 2012 and PKR in 2018, paying out many players who would have lost money otherwise.

With a highly talented team of Team PokerStars Pros, PokerStars also offer the widest range of game formats in the game, with Texas Hold’em, Omaha and other mixed game formats all available.

You can download the PokerStars client right here and play on the biggest poker site in the world in both cash games and tournament play.

BONUS

PokerStars give players a 100% bonus (up to a $600 limit) when they make their first deposit, with bonus earned by reaching redemption points, which equate to 18 times the bonus amount. With your deposit bonus redeemable in $10 increments, there’s a good tracking system in the lobby so you can see exactly how you’re doing and what you need to attain to receive your next increment. Worth noting is the qualification that each PokerStars player has up to four months from the time each qualifying deposit takes place to earn the redemption points required.

If you prefer a more instant bonus promotion, then you can currently sign up by depositing $/£/€10 and receive an instant bonus of $/£/€20 in return. Players receive a free cash bonus and free tickets with which to play poker, something which appeals to beginners of the game more than experienced players looking to step up to ‘Stars.

You can sign up to PokerStars straight away, downloading the client in minutes.

TRAFFIC

PokerStars is the most popular poker site in the world, boasting up to 15,000 regular players daily. Having battled for supremacy with Full Tilt Poker and won the day, cash games at PokerStars are bigger than anywhere else online, and not by a short distance. The variety of game selection and returning U.S. Markets have only strengthened PokerStars position worldwide, with players from across the globe flocking to the site for both cash game and tournament play.

With new and innovative ways to play mushrooming in 2018 and 2019, PokerStars have solidified their position as the go-to place to play poker at the highest level and the biggest fields, prize-pools and titles remain on the site with the Red Spade motif.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

There are more poker tournaments on PokerStars than there are on any other site. The variety is second-to-none, too, with million won every day in popular regular tournaments such as the Super Tuesday, Sunday Million and SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) and WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker). But there are dozens of tournaments new and classic, including the Red Spade Open and ‘Big’ tournaments that have made their way into the poker parlance of players of all levels.

The online lobby on the PokerStars client is really easy to work your way around, and you can narrow your search by tournament variants such as Fusion, Zoom, Sit-n-Go and Spin-n-Go, along with festivals such as the Winter Series and Event qualifiers having their own tabs too. The variety of game variant PokerStars offer is unparalleled. Traditional Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo (8 or Better), Courchevel, Stud, Stud Hi/Lo (8 or Better), Razz, Five-Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw & 2-7 Single Draw, Badugi, HORSE, HOSE, Mixed Hold’em, Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo, Triple Stud and 8-Game Mix are all able to be played on PokerStars.

CASH GAMES

Cash games run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on PokerStars, with some terrific action for High Stakes fans. Cash game stakes range from $0.01/$0.02 up to the kind of nosebleed stakes that documentaries are literally made of. With Heads-Up, 6-Max and full-ring (9-player) tables available, there’s no end to the possibilities for cash game players on PokerStars, with the biggest games out there found on the site.

Reward points are accrued by playing cash games, too, so PokerStars reward their players for sitting down, although StarsCoin, the replacement for the old system of FPPs and Supernova Elite, has not been as popular with players. The reality is, however, that the biggest games remain on PokerStars, and although some players vehemently disagreed with changes made to the rewards scheme, the numbers on the site have been largely unaffected.

MOBILE

There’s no longer the need to be at home in front of your computer in order to enjoy the thrill of online poker. PokerStars offers their action-packed platform right in the palm of your hand with PokerStars Mobile. The mobile client, which is available for all iOS and Android, devices allows players to play in real money cash games and tournaments from any smartphone or tablet.

You name the game, from No Limit Hold’em to Pot-Limit Omaha and every poker variant in-between and PokerStars has a game running. Having the largest online poker player base in the world, PokerStars Mobile allows players to find a game anytime, anywhere.

The PokerStars mobile application is available to customers in the same jurisdictions where online poker is legalized and regulated. Downloading the app to your iPhone, iPad or Android device is easy and free allowing for the ability to play both cash games and tournaments.

  • While PokerStars is able to bring you just about everything from their desktop client, not everything is available while on the go.
  • Select poker varients are unavailable on mobile.
  • For some, four/five tables is not enough.
  • Security settings are unable to be changed.
  • Account information, including mailing address, password, etc. are unable to be changed.
  • Gaming settings including Preferred Seat, Always Decline Rematch Requests and BOOM! Hand Sharing are unavailable.
  • Third-party software, including HUDs, are will not work with your mobile device.

LIVE EVENTS

PokerStars LIVE events are a huge part of the poker brand’s offerings and these center around a variety of worldwide Main Events. From the year-opening PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) to the all-year-round European Poker Tour (EPT), PokerStars-branded have provided many of the headlines he centerpiece of the galaxy and provide a major part of the live poker landscape for players. There are also international tournament series set in specific continents, such as the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) and Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), with smaller, more localized events such as historic success the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) gaining the poker site many fans.

FEATURED EVENTS

As well as live events, PokerStars host a number of widely-populated online events, such as WCOOP and SCOOP. For many years, the Sunday Million has been the tournament to play on Sundays at the end of the week, with anniversary editions breaking records for online poker tournament attendances. With a plethora of other events to play, PokerStars online has become the home of big money tournaments and, more importantly, big fields.

The PokerStars Team Pro roster includes some of the biggest poker names on the planet, including Daniel Negreanu, Jake Cody, Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, Jason Somerville and Jaime Staples. With sports ambassadors includING Usain Bolt, Fatima De Melo and both Ronaldos, PokerStars has long been the poker site to be seen with. Even celebrities have got in on the act, with Aaron Paul and Kevin Hart both playing at a recent PokerStars PCA.

SOFTWARE

PokerStars have an award-winning support team and host their games on industry-leading software. They are proud of a great speed of clearance on both deposits and withdrawals and work on all known platforms, including tablets and mobile, their fastest-growing platform.

It takes seconds to download the latest PokerStars update and with the web client available on both Windows and Mac computers, as well as PC available, you can start playing on PokerStars almost right away.

LOYALTY PROGRAM

PokerStars have changed their rewards program in recent times, with a Chest-based program providing the thrills and spills of revealing different rewards. With PokerStars rewards tailored to the player, you’ll be earning reward points virtually every time you play on the site, so you can keep completing your progress bar in the lobby and see exactly where you’re at and when your next rewards will be available.

The rewards themselves include StarsCoin, free play, and ticket-based bonuses, with six different types of chest available to be unlocked. You can read all about the details of the Stars Rewards on their information page right here.

Anyone looking for a more high-stakes club can join the PokerStars High Roller Club, which hosts a number of big buy-in tournaments with even bigger guarantees. Buy-ins kick off from $530 (although you can satellite in for a lot less) and there’s a high roller schedule to play every day.

BANKING OPTIONS

All the usual banking methods are available with the Isle of Man-based poker site, including but not limited to: VISA, PayPal, Mastercard, Paysafecard, Maestro, Skrill, Neteller and Bank Transfer.

Withdrawing your winnings is a painless experience, too, with waiting time the only real issue, but it doesn’t take long at all to transfer your winnings into your bank account and PokerStars boasts a highly secure environment for your funds, as evidenced by success buyouts of Full Tilt Poker and PKR, with PokerStars paying back players who had money on both sites out of their own funds.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

PokerStars’ Twitter page, Facebook page and YouTube channel don’t just offer advice, training and support. They also keep their millions of fans up to date with live streams, featuring Joe Stapleton and James Hartigan and live and online event updates as well as new promotions, such as the 300+ Platinum Passes given out to players which puts them in contention to win a $4 million+ top prize at the 2019 PCA.

CONCLUSION

PokerStars has been the market leader in poker for several years and with new innovations both in terms of online game formats – 2018’s Fusion variant, in particular, grabbing headlines – and the upcoming live event of the PokerStars Players’ Championship notable additions, the future looks to be led by the Red Spade.

With a vast array of tournament formats, events and variants available online, PokerStars lead the way in the digital sphere too, with the world continuing to make the most of a poker site which is seemingly busy whatever time of the day or night you choose to play.