Poker Network: Independent
Network Size: Largest
Mobile Poker Support: Android, iPhone & iPad Poker Apps.
Available Games: Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, Razz, Draw, Mixed Games, Badugi, Courchieve.
Poker Bonus: 100% up to $600 & Free $20
- Restricted Countries: USA
PokerStars are a true giant in the online poker world with the largest poker network on the internet, not only do they provide the largest number of games available, they are also home of the most professional poker players such as Daniel Negreanu, Liv Boeree, Bertrand Grospellier and Jason Mercier to name but a few.
They are the original home on tournament poker providing non-stop action 24/7 on their network as well as offering the biggest weekly online tournament which is the Sunday Million. They also provide qualifiers to exclusive live tournaments such as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), European Poker Tour (EPT), Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) and the UK & Ireland Poker tour (UKIPT) and qualifiers to all major poker events such as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) of which they send more players to than any other poker network.
Overall as the biggest online poker room, there is something for everyone at PokerStars. As well as able to play PokerStars on PC & MAC, they also offer their players mobile poker on iOS and Android devices using a native mobile poker app.
- 100% First Deposit Bonus up to $600, use Code: STARS600
- Free $20 limited time offer, use Code: FREE20
- VIP Club with a variety of different rewards
PokerStars offer a variety of first deposit bonuses as well as ongoing promotions and loyalty rewards, currently their offer for first time poker players with PokerStars is a 100% first deposit bonus (Which is up to $600) and players also receive a ticket to play their 100k Privilege Freerolls.
For a limited time PokerStars is offering alternative bonus for new players making their first deposit. Deposit at least $20 using bonus code “FREE20” and you’ll receive a $20 Free Bonus in 36hours as well as their 100K Privilege Freeroll tickets.
As well as the deposit bonuses; PokerStars has its very own VIP Club with rewards for each level including exclusive deposit bonuses, poker freerolls and satellites. The reward levels are as follows; BronzeStar, ChromeStar, SilverStar, GoldStar, PlatinumStar, SuperNova and SuperNova Elite. (Full Details of the requirements can be found on the PokerStars website) Achieving the VIP levels are dependent on the level and amount of play. Each time a player participates in a game or a tournament, they earn VIP Player Points (VPPs), as well as reaching the higher levels these points can be converted into cash or goods which in effect is not dissimilar to receiving rake back.
As well as the PokerStars VIP Club there is also an exclusive PokerStars Women’s Club offering daily tournaments with great cash prizes and exclusive PokerStars Goodies.
Unlike many other online poker companies, who operate as a “Skin” on poker networks such as Boss Media and Ongame, PokerStars operates on their own exclusive network. Graphics are sharp and animations are very fluid, this is on both their PC and their mobile poker applications. Tables can be arranged as well as resized to make it suitable for playing multiple tables or for ease of play.
There is also an extensive menu selection on the poker client allowing players to search for other players, filter the games they want to play as well as the option to group tournaments and game types to make easier selection of which games to play. Other options allow poker players to choose four colour decks as well as choosing seat positioning to further enhance their gameplay.
Mobile players can check out our review of PokerStars Mobile on iPad here.
As PokerStars are the biggest poker network, there is no shortage of action and activity on their site. Their peak number of players have been over 90,000 with an average of around 39,000 players on at any time, this includes on average 20,000 cash players giving PokerStars a healthy mix of poker games available to their players.
With the sheer number of poker players present at PokerStars, players can find very soft games both on the sit and go’s and cash tables, if you are a specialist in a particular game such as Omaha Pot Limit or one of the lesser known games such as Badugi, there is no shortage of loose and poor players on the PokerStars network. Where competition is strong is amongst the higher end tournaments and high end cash games, where many pros have made PokerStars their home.
Tournaments and Cash Games
PokerStars are home to the biggest online poker tournament; The Sunday Poker Millions, with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000.00, which attracts thousands of players with a buy in of just $215. As well as this mammoth poker game, there is no shortage of other poker tournaments available in all genres of games, from the popular Texas Holdem, Omaha, Stud, to the more obscure such as Badugi, or 2 7 triple draw.
PokerStars offer daily big tournaments, small buy-ins, multi-table sit and goes, exclusive women tournaments, the bottom line is that their claim to being home to Online Tournaments is backed up by the sheer number of choice of play in all levels and types of online poker tournaments.
Cash Games on PokerStars include Texas Holdem, Omaha (Including Hi/Lo) 5 Card Omaha (including Hi/Lo), Courchieve (Including Hi/Lo), Stud (including Hi/Lo), Razz, Five Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, HORSE, 8-Game Mix, Holdem/Omaha, Triple Stud and Badugi. Whatever your poker game is, you will find it at PokerStars.
PokerStars offer their players support 24 hours a day, this is either via the client, using their online support system, by filling out a support ticket via the poker client menu. Further support is available via email and they also provide a DAD support (Department Assistance Support). As well as the support in place, PokerStars have a comprehensive FAQ section where most questions and queries can be answered, there is also an extensive poker tutorial system in place to help players develop their poker game.
Banking & Security
PokerStars offer the biggest range of deposit and withdrawal methods available as an online poker room, this includes all major credit and debit cards, online processors such as Neteller and Skrill (Formally known as Moneybookers) as well as online, instant and traditional banking methods. Other methods include using top up vouchers such as paysafecard, Ukash and they have their very own PokerStars Top up Voucher that can be purchased from PayZone and PayPoint shops.
PokerStars uses the very latest in security to ensure that player’s money and accounts are protected with their data encryption software guaranteeing players to have peace of mind whilst playing poker at PokerStars.