RATING: 8.0/10   Full Ratings
Established:
1998
Licensed in:
Isle of Man
Email:
support@pokerstars.eu
Website:
Software:
Poker Stars
Poker Stars Americans Allowed no
Americans Allowed:
no
Max VIP:
74% → Get It!
Banking:
Credit Card, EntroPay, eWalletXpress, Moneybookers, Neteller, Ukash, WebMoney, Bank Transfer, eCheck
Games:
Texas Hold'em, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Draw, HORSE, Badugi
Reviewer:
Staff
Stars has recently claimed the title of biggest online poker room. Stars have a sizeable player base, including a lot of fish who are still being attracted by Daniel Negreanu and Chris Moneymaker (the guy who played a PokerStars super-satellite, then won the online qualifier, then went to the big show and won it all).

Poker Stars have one of the better software packages of all internet poker sites. The tables look good, and the action buttons are huge. The software has proven more stable for me than any of the other sites and allowing personal avatars is a nice touch.

Poker Stars is rightly famous for its tournaments. They have the best selection of events, the most generous starting chips, and slowest blinds increase of all the sites. This means that the events are more about skill, and less about luck.

Poker Stars cashouts are very quick; most are between 6-12 hours. Support is also quick (I've had emails answered as quickly as 15 minutes before) and knows what they are doing - responses actually answer your questions and are written in English.

Finally, Poker Stars offer much smaller-limit ring games than most other sites, which makes it a great place to start - you can deposit $50 and play in the small games until you've built up a bit of experience and bankroll.

RED FLAGS:
Pokers Stars is notorious for employing in-house players. They will hire and stake professional players in exchange for a share in their profits. Stars is also known for being soft on players guilty of collusion. Both of these factors can make for some very tough games, particularly at the mid to high stakes.
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Deposit Bonus Information:   (Updated: 04/17/2014)
Poker Stars bonuses clear at about $8 an hour for a $1-2 player (you can try clearing them at the microlimit tables, but below 50c/$1, it's much slower). It's worth having an account prepared to recieve the bonus (plus this is *the* place to qualify for big real world tournaments).
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Poker Software
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Games & Players
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Customer Support
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Bonus & Promos
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Bonus Offers

Match Bonus
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VIP Rewards
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Before you make a start it is a good idea to ensure that you know what all the various bonuses are. Bonuses can also apply to things like Internet Poker Game Typical Internet Poker Game bonuses that are being offered are: No Deposit Bonus - this is a true no-strings-attached deal and is exactly what it says, 'no deposit'. You aren't required to deposit any kind of currency to try this bonus out on any games that you fancy. Matching Bonus - when you start a new account with an online casino you will be given a matching bonus amount. These can change from site-to-site and may be a like for like match up to a certain amount, or the casino may increase by large amounts the amount of your deposit. Check the sites for yourself to ascertain where you can get the best deals, especially when to comes to Internet Poker Game. Monthly Casino Bonus - this is a fashionable offer at plenty of well-known casino websites. Once you sign up you are guaranteed to be given a certain amount of free chips each month to play as you wish. Percentage Bonuses - these are virtually the same as the matching bonuses, but are calculated to an exact percentage of your deposit. For instance a 50% percentage bonus would let you receive $100 worth of free chips with a $200 deposit. Cashback bonuses - these are pretty desirable and a lot less common than most other top casino bonuses. With a cashback offer you will be repaid the amount of your losses during a specific time of play. A Friend - this is another bonus offer that is specifically designed to help the casinos build goodwill and a stronger customer base. Whenever you invite others to join and play you have the opportunity to add chips and money into your account. If your friends decide to join you will have cash deposited into your account by the management.