PokerStars is the largest poker site in the world and is available in over 25 different languages. The site began offering real money play in 2001, and in 2011 hand number 65 billion was celebrated. PokerStars was formed in Costa Rica but has since then moved to Isle of Man and has an Isle of Man gambling license. Unlike most poker sites, PokerStars offers downloadable poker clients for both PC and Mac.
As a new member you will receive 100% match bonus up to $600. While most poker sites offer a match bonus on your first deposit only, PokerStars will give you bonus on your first three deposits within 90 days from registering.
The welcome bonus is deposited into your account as you collect player points by playing for real money at PokerStars. 170 player points will release $10. You have six months to release the bonus.
PokerStars uses proprietary software and is not a part of any poker network. You can personalize the gaming experience in various ways in the PokerStars client, e.g. by uploading your own picture to use as avatar. PokerStars is popular among multi-tablers since it is possible to have 24 tables running simultaneously in the client.
There downloadable poker client is available in two different formats: one for Windows and one for Max OS. There is no special client for Linux, but the PokerStars client will work on computers running Linux provided that WINE v0.9.1 or later is installed (downloadable from winehq.com).
PokerStars has one of the richest assortment of poker variants online and offers the following poker games:
7 Card Stud
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
2-7 Triple Draw
2-7 Single Draw
The cheapest cash game tables are $0.01/$0.02 while the most expensive ones are $1 000/$2 000. If you like high stakes poker, pay a visit to Daniel’s Room where you can take on Daniel Negreanu and other high stakes players. Daniel’s Room is also open for spectators.
PokerStars arranges thousands of tournaments per week, from free rolls to tournaments with high buy-ins an huge prize pots. There is for instance the $215 Sunday Million with a $1.5 million guarantee, and two of the world’s largest online poker tours place at PokerStars – World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).
PokerStars have plenty of satellites to major tournaments online and offline, such as North American Poker Tour (NAPT), European Poker Tour (EPT), Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and of course World Series of Poker (WSOP).
PokerStars Women’s Poker League have special tournaments for women every day and a Ladies Luxury Event once a month.
PokerStars have support staff available 24/7, but they can only be reach via e-mail, not by phone or live chat. Although, some players report having received phone support after sending PokerStars an e-mail asking them to call. Also, if you fail to make a deposit a pop-up window will open and you will be urged to enter your phone number. Support staff from PokerStars will then call you and guide you through the deposit process.