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Review of Pokerstars.com

Pokerstars.com is the poker site that all other poker sites aspire to be! They have the highest traffic, the best software, the biggest tournaments, and some of the softest competition on the Internet! Over the past few years, PokerStars.com have made the “poker dream” of winning big, or playing in a live tournament such as the WSOP a reality for so many players. They have sent the most players to WSOP, WPT, and EPT events combined, and continue to payout some of the biggest jackpots every weekend through their Sunday Millions tournament. Any player that is serious about playing poker online knows PokerStars.com.

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Play For Free Without Depositing

Like almost all poker sites, Pokerstars.com has a play chips option for players that are still learning the game and aren’t quite ready to make a deposit.

If you are looking to build a bankroll from playing in freerolls, this probably is not the site for you. Their freerolls usually get over 5000 players, run for 4+ hours and only pay under $10 for the winner.


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Software at Pokerstars

One thing Pokerstars knows how to do well is listening to their players. Over the years they have taken constant feedback from the players to help build the best online poker software. At first glance you may think I am crazy for saying that as it is very plain and definitely doesn’t have the fancy graphics that other sites have, but don’t worry, you can change that using custom themes! You can create your own pokerstars theme, or download a theme from a variety of different sites.

Now that the looks are out of the way, lets get to the fun stuff:
- Re-sizeable Windows – Do you like doing other things on your computer while you play poker, or do you like multi-tabling (playing multiple poker games at one time)? If so, you will love this feature. You can re-size the poker interface to make it full-screen, or a small screen that you can tuck away in the bottom corner of your monitor.
- Speed – Because Pokerstars doesn’t use fancy graphics their software is the fastest of all poker sites. This means less lag, faster games, and a lot less frustration!
- Custom Avatar – Upload a picture from your computer and use this as your avatar. This could be your favourite poker player, a picture of yourself, or something funny to taunt your opponents.
- Show Folded Hands – Fold your hand but want to know how it would have played out if you stayed in? The Pokerstars software allows you to see your folded hand when you move your mouse over your avatar so you can see what you folded.


Pokerstars Games

The following poker games and poker tournaments are available for real money play at PokerStars:
• Texas Holdem
• Omaha High Low
• Omaha High
• Seven Card Stud High Low
• Seven Card Stud
• Razz
• HORSE/HOSE
• Tournaments – Sit n Go’s, Heads-up and Multi-Table Tournaments


Pokerstars Tournaments

As mentioned above, Pokerstars.com is home to the biggest online poker tournaments. Here are some of their best tournaments where you can win the most money:
Sunday Millions – This is the biggest weekly tournament held by any poker site with prize pools averaging around $2 Million Dollars every weekend. You can buy-in directly for $200 or qualify through a variety of satellites which can be anywhere from a few dollars to several frequent player points (FPPs).
World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) – In 2007 there were 23 events, 40000 players, and over $24,000,000 in prizes… need I say anymore!
European Poker Tour – In its 4th season, this poker tour across Europe was started by Pokerstars.com. The majority of the players qualify through online satellites which have now become poker professionals due to their wins at the EPT. My own brother even won a trip to the EPT finals in Monte Carlo!

 

Pokerstars WSOP Freerolls

The Million Dollar Giveaway Round 1 freeroll tournaments run every hour (at 05 PAST each hour) and every day until June 27. Players can enter one (1) Round 1 tournament per week. Those finishing in the top 50 will win a ticket to the Million Dollar Giveaway Weekly Final.


Pokerstars Rakeback

Looking for rakeback at Pokerstars? It’s time to give up. Pockerstars has a strict “no rakeback” policy. Even though they don’t offer rakeback they still attract some of the biggest names in poker because they do treat their VIP players very well. In the next section we will discuss their VIP Loyalty program where players can earn things like trips around the world, and even a brand new Porsche!


Pokerstars VIP Program

The Pokerstars VIP program is based around the number of FPPs (Frequent Player Points) a player accumulates each month. Here is how you earn FPPs:
First Frequent Player Point (FPP) is awarded for playing a hand in which the rake reaches:
• $0.40 for fixed limit poker games with stakes $1/$2 and lower
• $0.40 for NL/PL poker games with blinds $1/$2 and lower
• $0.40 for "1-on-1" poker games (this applies only to "1-on-1" tables, not to regular tables which have only two players seated)
• $1.00 for all other games
Second FPP is awarded for playing a hand in which the rake reaches:
• $2.00 for all 6-max tables (this doesn't apply for games being played 6- handed at 10/9/8 player tables - just 6-max tables)
• $3.00 for all other tables
Third FPP is awarded for playing a hand in which the rake reaches $5.00.

Five (5) FPP credits are awarded for each $1 in tournament fees paid.
As you accumulate more and more FPPs every month, you will be eligible for more prizes which include better merchandise, free tournament entries to $20,000-$100,000 tourneys, plus much more!

The highest level you can reach is Supernova Elite (yes there are players at this level). To get to this level you must earn at least 1,000,000 FPPs per year which definitely isn’t easy, but the rewards are pretty incredible. They include:
- Special access to the Supernova Elite VIP store where you can buy a Porsche Cayman S with your player points
- Any two packages from PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, WSOP Main Event, EPT Monte Carlo, APPT Sydney.
Option B: Any one of the above packages plus $10,000.
- Free entry into the online main event for the WCOOP

Poker Stars

Pokerstars.com is home to some of the biggest names in poker. They have several big name pros on Team Pokerstars, some of which even got their start on the site. These include: Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein, Joe Hachem, Isabelle Mercier, Humberto Brenes, Katja Thater, Dario Minieri, Tuan Lam and many more!


Security at Pokerstars.com

Pokerstars.com is one poker site that you won’t be able to hack! I have never seen a poker site with better security than Pokerstars.com. They have even gone as far as disqualifying winners of major online tournaments because they were found to be colluding with other players, or had other suspicious activity tied to their account. They scan for bots regularly making it practically impossible to cheat on Pokerstars. At the time of this review there are no known security issues with Pokerstars.

The software itself also has built-in security features which include:
• A CA certificate key that is 1024 bit length.
• Client software that uses the certificates issued by their own Certificate Authority (CA) to authenticate their servers
• Client software that uses the industry standard SSLv3 protocol. It is configured to use RSA for authentication and key generation and triple-DES (EDE3, in outer-CBC mode) for encryption. Currently they are using 512-bit RSA key, which according to [1] is sufficient for short and medium-term (up to several years) secrets. As they update server private keys every three months, we are secure with a good safety margin. The use of Triple-DES EDE3 for session encryption is considered even safer.
• No private data, such as pocket cards, is ever transferred to other players


Deposit / Withdrawal Options

Currently, real money deposits into your poker account are accepted using several different methods shown below. Minimum deposit across all options is $10 (unless otherwise stated).

* eChecks - Available in US and Canada
* ClickandBuy - Available to players from any country other than US.
* Moneybookers - available everywhere, except in US, China, Malaysia, Israel, Turkey and Ukraine
* NETeller - (not available for players in the US, Canada and Turkey) Deposit in USD, EUR or GBP
* VISA / VISA Delta / VISA Electron / Gift and Prepaid VISA - Deposit in USD, CAD, EUR, GBP, SEK, NOK, DKK, AUD
* MasterCard / Gift and Prepaid MasterCard - Deposit in USD, CAD, EUR, GBP, SEK, NOK, DKK, AUD
* Diners Club International
* Solo / Maestro - available in UK and Northern Ireland only
* Cashier's Check / Money Order / Bank Draft - Minimum deposit only $100
* Local Bank Transfer - available in Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, Vatican City and Viet Nam.
* ELV - available in Germany only
* Online Bank Transfer - available in Austria, Germany and Netherlands
* paysafecard - available in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and UK
* Paypal – Currently Pokerstars does not accept paypal deposits or withdrawals.

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About the Company: Pokerstars.com

In 2001, Pokerstars.com was established. Pokerstars.com is a registered legal business located in the Isle of Man, in the British Isles.
Credit card transactions are processed through Rational Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, Douglas Bay Complex, King Edward Road, IM3 IDZ Onchan, Isle of Man.
Who owns Pokerstars? Pokerstars is owned by Rational Entertainment Enterprises Limited: 10 Hill Street, Douglas, IM1 1EF, Isle of Man.


Pokerstars Support

Contact Phone Number: Pokerstars does not offer phone support. Their email support is amazing though and will typically send you a response within a few hours. Simply send an email to support@pokerstars.com and you should receive a response within a few hours.

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Pokerstars Review Score
Security: 10
Software: 9
Traffic: 10
Bonus: 8
Support: 9
Soft Competition: 8
Game Variety: 9
Total Score: 9


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PokerStars Info
Name: PokerStars
Web Site: PokerStars.com
Established: 2000
Country: Isle of Man
Auditor: PWC
Network: Poker Stars
Traffic: HIGHEST
Email: support@ pokerstars.com
Telephone: N/A