PokerStars is the largest poker room online, measured in traffic, turnover, cash game selection and tournament schedule. It is an independent poker room that isn’t a part of any network. PokerStars have their own proprietary software and offers downloadable poker clients for Windows and Mac OS. You can also play directly in your browser. Want to play on your mobile device? No problem, PokerStars offers real-money play on both smart phones and tablets.
To comply with national European gambling laws and obtain national gambling licenses, PokerStars have set up separate poker rooms for the players of certain European countries, such as Italy and France. There is also the PokerStars.eu poker room which targets players from various European countries. PokerStars.eu is run from Malta with a Maltese gambling license, even though PokerStars is headquartered on Isle of Man and has a gambling license from this jurisdiction as well.
Short info about PokerStars
- PokerStars premiered in 2001.
- PokerStars was originally based in Costa Rica, but is now based on Isle of Man.
- In 2012, PokerStars acquired its former competitor Full Tilt Poker.
- PokerStars is owned by a huge Canadian gambling company named Amaya Inc.
PokerStars welcome bonus package
- You get a $20 welcome bonus when you sign up. This is a free no-deposit bonus.
- Your get a 100% welcome bonus on your 1st, 2nd and 3rd deposit. You can get up to $600 in bonus money from this offer.
Poker variants offered by PokerStars
PokerStars has a very big selection of poker variants. Here are examples of poker variants that you can play here:
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Zoom Poker is PokerStars version of fast poker, the type of poker where you are moved to a new table as soon as you discard your hand. Zoom Poker is very similar to the type of fast poker offered by other poker rooms and poker network.
Compared to other poker rooms and poker networks online, PokerStars’ selection of poker tournaments is huge and extremely varied. There is something for everyone here, free rolls and satellites to high roller tournaments. Have your choice between lots and lots of Sit & Go’s and a jam-packed tournament schedule.
Two of the highlights of the PokerStars tournament year are PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). These are very popular multi-day events that includes a myriad of tournaments and a lot of special contests, challenges, etc.
PokerStars sponsors plenty of offline poker events, and there is of course possible to win buy-ins or complete travel packages by playing in qualifiers at PokerStars online. Examples of offline events to which you can win a complete travel package by playing in PokerStars tournaments online are European Poker Tour (EPT), North American Poker Tour (NAPT), Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) and Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). A travel package will typically include buy-in to the main event, hotel accommodation, air fare, pocket money and merchandise.
PokerStars also have qualifiers and travel packages available for certain big events that they do not sponsor themselves, such as World Series of Poker (WSOP), World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) and Aussie Millions.
Support & Transactions
The PokerStars support can only be reached by email. You can’t call them or get help trough live chat. The email address is email@example.com.
If you are trying to make a deposit into your PokerStars account and encounters any problem, you can send an email directly to the Deposit Assistance Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) instead of going through the general support.
PokerStars accepts a long row of transaction methods. The exact assortment varies from from country to country. From most countries, you can use cards such as VISA, MasterCard or Paysafecard, or e-solutions such as Skrill (Moneybookers), Neteller, ClickandBuy, Entropay, Ukash or WebMoney. If you have internet banking, bank transfers are usually possible for both deposits and withdrawals.
Since PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker are owned by the same company, it is easy to move money from a PokerStars account to a Full Tilt Poker account and vice versa.