Pokerstars Review

Poker Lobby

If you have ever played poker online before, then the odds are fairly good that you already have a Poker Stars account.  Pokerstars does a great job in attracting new players with their endorsements and television ads.  One thing they don't, and can't tell you in their ads, is that you are eligible for a new player bonus to welcome you to the Pokerstars poker room.  If you have yet to sign up at Poker Stars, you will be able to claim a 100% match bonus up to $600 at Pokerstars.com.  During your first deposit you will need to use the universal Poker Stars bonus code "STARS600".  New player promotions such as this bonus, do not happen often at Poker Stars, so you should take advantage of it while you still can.
    Poker Stars is not just full of new players, they also do an incredible job in retaining their loyal players.  You can take advantage of an extensive VIP program that can reward you with much of your rake back.  There is also reload bonuses and special promotions throughout the year at Pokerstars.com.  This is by far the most efficient and best run poker room on the Internet.  There is no other online poker room that can even come close to matching the number of poker players that play at Pokerstars.  If you combined the players from all the other existing poker rooms, you would still have a poker room that plays second fiddle to Poker Stars.  If there is one poker room that Americans would dream of coming back to the U.S. market, Pokerstars would be it.
    Poker Stars is the home of 4 Poker Champions, Chris Moneymaker in 2003, Greg Raymer in 2004, Joe Hackem in 2005 and Jonathon Duhamel in 2010.  There are many other poker professionals that promote this site including; Daniel Negreanu and Tuan Lam. That might seem surprising until you look at the number of players at Pokerstars.  Pokerstars has had over 360,000 players playing simultaneously and over 70,000,000,000 hands played.  With that kind of traffic players can easily select the type of table they want to play and at the right stakes.  Tight games, loose games, soft games, and tough games are easily found.
    Pokerstars has a Mac compatible poker room and it is currently the largest online poker room by a big margin.  Poker Stars would be your best option, whether you are a serous poker player, a casual player or a player looking to play for free.  To get a head start you should use the bonus code "STARS600" on your first deposit after you are done signing up at Poker Stars in order to guarantee that you are eligible for the $600 Poker Stars bonus.



Pokerstars Promotions

You can claim a 100% deposit bonus up to $600 at Poker Stars with the Poker Stars bonus code "Stars600".  You should use the bonus code when you are making your first deposit.
    To earn the Pokerstars bonus, you will need to play at Pokerstars and collect the number of frequent player points equal to 10 times the bonus amount. You have 6 months after your first deposit to earn all the FPPs you need to cash out your bonus at Poker Stars.
    Poker Stars also has a frequent player point program and a VIP club. With these points players can buy into special tournaments or buy merchandise at the Poker Stars Store. For more information on the Pokerstars bonus, check out our Poker Stars bonus code review.


Pokerstars Freerolls

Poker Stars has satellites to a $1000 weekly freeroll running many times a day. Poker Stars has a $100,000 monthly freeroll for VIP members which is one of the biggest out there. Many other special freerolls are available if you become a VIP member.  Single table tournaments are available with Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joseph Hackem, or Tom McEvoy. $2500, $5,000, and $7,500 weekly freerolls for different levels of VIP members.


Poker Tables

Poker Stars Table

There are hundreds of tables to choose from in the micro stakes and the low stake ring games.  Ring game stakes move up slowly ($.01/.02, $.02/04, $.05/.10, $.10/.25, $.25/.50) to make it easier for beginners to get comfortable playing for real money.  I have found that the low and micro stakes games have been consistently soft, but the higher the stakes, the more you will have to pick and study your table.  Pokerstars players should take their time choosing a table at the $2/4 stakes and up.
    The highest ring game stakes are $100/200 for fixed limit Texas Holdem, $10/20 stakes for no-limit Texas Holdem, $75/150 stakes for Omaha H/L, $15/30 stakes for Omaha and $30/60 stakes for both Stud games.  There is not a single online poker room that can even come close to matching the traffic that Pokerstars has on a regular basis.


Poker Tournaments

If you prefer to play poker tournaments, then the Pokerstars tournament schedule have what you are looking.  There is a lot of action in the tournaments at all stake levels.  Players interested in playing a $2 to $20 poker tournaments will be able to enter a poker tournament at any time.  It is common for Pokerstars players to never have to wait for a poker tournament to start.  They also extend the registration time, so that you can enter in a tournament already in progress.  This gives you an even bigger selection of poker tournaments to choose from.
    Virtually every type of poker tournament that you can think of, can be played here.  Double stacks, turbo, hyper-turbo, short stacks, knockouts, heads-up tables, timed tournaments, guarantees, no-limit, fixed limit, pot limit, Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha H/L, Stud, Stud H/L, Badugi and many mixed game tournaments can be played here.  The only tournaments I don't see anymore is a poker tournament with an overlay.  Pokerstars is so efficient that it has been years since I have played at a tournament that has had an overlay.  Tournaments can run from fifteen minutes to over six hours depending on the type of tournament and the number of entries.
    The most popular tournaments here is the $1,500,000 Guarantee, the $250,000 second chance guarantee and the Sunday 500 ($500k) on every Sunday afternoon.  There is also many of the WSOP Main Event qualifiers throughout the year.  Poker Stars also has a reputation for breaking some sort of new world record every six months or so, for the biggest tournament, the biggest prize pool and most participants.
    Note: If you have never played online before and if you are thinking of playing the $1 to $5 poker tournaments, you might want to be prepared to get the odd bad beat.  Many of the poker players at these stakes are wild cats and will go all-in with virtually anything.  This is great, because it insures that the better poker players will win in the long run, but it can also be frustrating to lose to some of the biggest donkeys in poker.  If this happens to you, don't get mad.  Try to remember that this is a $4 tournament and that the player did exactly what you wanted him to do, just that the result was a short term loss.  Think about it, it's a bit ridiculous to get mad at a player that makes a bad play against you.


Pokerstars

Score

Promotions

10

Freerolls

6

Game Variety

10

Competition

7

Rake

7

Financial Security

10

Total

8.8


Pokerstars Facts

Bonus: 100% up to $600
Bonus Code: Stars600
URL: pokerstars.com
Established: 2000
Support: E-mail, FAQ


The Good
Best tournaments
Lots of players
Great for high and low stakes


The Bad
Tough games to beat


Game Variety
Holdem (NL, PL, FL)
Omaha (PL, FL)
Omaha H/L (NL, PL, FL)
7-Card-Stud (FL)
7-Card-Stud Hi-Lo (FL)
Razz (FL)


Payment Options
Visa/Master Card
Cashier's Check
eChecks
Moneybookers
Money Order
NETeller
Western Union
Wire Transfer


Rake
Max 5%
Max $3
2-3 players  Max $1
4-5 players  Max $2
No Flop - No Drop


Software
Flop%
Hands/hour
Average Pot
Hand History
Friend (fish) Finder
Preselect buttons
Multi-tabling