Since its inception in 2001 the site has grown to over 50 million registered players and also has the reputation of producing the 2003 WSOP champion, Chris Moneymaker. The poker site is licensed and regulated by the Isle of Man authorities and offers downloadable poker clients for Windows and Mac operating systems in addition to a mobile client for iOS devices and Android. PokerStars bought its competitor Full Tilt Poker in July 2012 while Amaya Gaming Group bought over the PokerStars in August 2014. The site offers a secure gaming platform and apart from having the largest game selection it hosts the biggest online poker tournaments.
Uses stable state-of-the-art software and Mac friendly downloadable client
Unrivalled selection of cash games and tournaments
Large traffic any time of the night or day
Home of fast fold ring game format Zoom Poker
Features less popular games like Badugi and Razz
Flawless security features
Hosts weekly Sunday $1 million guaranteed tournament
Software and Graphics
PokerStars delivers a state of the art poker client developed by its in-house team. An intuitive games lobby allows you go start playing with a few clicks of the mouse. Some of the outstanding features of the poker client include the fully customizable lobby, auto top of stack in cash games, preferred seating, various table themes, and more. The PokerStars lobby has all the games, including tournaments and cash games, listed by category and sub-category. Finding a table to play or searching for other players through drop-down menus is easy as apple pie.
The software is great for multi-tabling too while there is a downloadable app for Macs. The client is smooth and easy to navigate and also has some other great features such as hand-history, replay and search, and the option to set up private games. The Mac friendly poker client is also feature rich, which adds more brownie points to PokerStars.
Poker fans are spoiled for choice when it comes to game selection and variety, which includes cash games and tournaments. There are fast fold variants of Hold’em and Omaha, Five Card Draw, Seven Card Stud, Razz, Single and Triple Draw Lowball, H.O.R.S.E., and much more. At the moment, PokerStars offers one of ring cash games. Apart from those mentioned, there is Badugi, 8-Game, and Mixed Hold’em and Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo. Since the site has a large players’ base, there is always something new to play.
PokerStars stable of resident pros is impressive while it also plays host to the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), a top notch online poker tournament worldwide. So, players looking for low stakes or high stakes, nosebleed action, will find it all in PokerStars lobby.
Zoom Poker is PokerStars’ signature offering with fast fold games features up to 300 hands per hour on each table a player sits at. Once players fold they are taken to a new table with new opponents and are dealt a new hand. Currently, it’s billed as the faster way to play online poker with plenty of rewards along the way.
Tournaments and Freerolls
PokerStars is undoubtedly incomparable when it comes to tournaments and freerolls. The site boasts of the largest number of online poker tournaments and guaranteed prizes as well. You will find a great selection of tournament types including Sit N Go Double or Nothing and Steps, Shoot out Multi-table tournaments , satellites, re-buy tournaments, Turbo tournaments, deep stacks, and much more. There tournaments offer a lot more in terms of prizes as compared to ring game tables.
Again, PokerStars is so enormously popular that you can find any game at any stakes with any level of player at any hour of any day that you’d like. PokerStars also offers more game variations than just about every other site with: Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha-8, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi/lo, Razz, H.O.R.S.E., Five Card Draw and Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. Its stable of resident pros is extremely impressive and its annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is the top annual online poker tournament in the world.
At the poker site, you will find tourneys played every day while the action heats up on weekends for the Americas. The Stars Sunday Million with a prize pool of $1.5 million or more offers plenty of action every week. There are special events such as the Stars’ WCOOP and SCOOP series with nifty prizes that cross tens of millions.
PokerStars offers smartphone and tablet users the chance to follow all the action and gamble on the move through PokerStars Mobile apps. These are compatible with a range of devices including smartphones, iPhones, iPad, and Android devices. Game play is as exciting since there is always a large player pool any time of the day or night. The app is free and can be accessed via the QR code or by placing an SMS or email request.
Bonuses and Promotions
While PokerStars offers everything in terms of game variety and tournaments, bonuses are not their forte although they do offer a few solid signup bonuses even though they may be well below what is expected from a top quality online poker room. The site currently offers a decent 100% match welcome bonus up to $600. PokerStars will match the first three deposits made y new players up to a maximum of $600. Alternatively, new players can opt for a free $20 bonus and have the additional amount added to their account on a deposit of at least $20.
PokerStars will never disappoint when it comes to special offers. From promo events for women to deep stack Play Money tournaments, $1 million guaranteed tournaments on Sundays, and 100K Privilege Freerolls, there is never a dull moment at PokerStars.
PokerStars rewards every player with entry to its 7 tiered VIP program where the benefits keep getting better as players move up the ladder. Every player gains automatic entry to the BronzeStar level and can accumulate points to move up to a higher VIP status. The perks range from comp points that can be redeemed in the VIP Store to free entry to $100K freerolls, dedicated VIP manager, free entry to VIP $100K Monthly Tourneys, priority Support and Concierge service, and much more.
Banking and Security
PokerStars offers all the common banking methods that include credit and debit cards Visa, Visa Delta, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Diners Club International, Solo, Maestro; eWallets such as Neteller and Skrill, and prepaid card options as well. Withdrawals can be made money order, cashier’s check, bank draft and wire transfer. Security measures are in compliance with regulations where all transactions are secured with encryption and SSL technology.
Customer Service and Support
Should members need assistance, PokerStars’ customer support team is reachable via email and phone service available in English or Spanish. The staff tend to respond to emails within 4 hours. The site also has an extensive FAQ section with answers to common poker related queries.