Marketing Code: PSP20895£10 / $30 free (no deposit bonus)
100% up to $600 | £400 | €400 | $CAD650 for your first 3 deposits
- Average Players Online: 120000
- Games: Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi / Lo, 5 Card Omaha, 5 Card Omaha Hi / Lo, Courchevel, Courchevel Hi / Lo, 7 Stud, 7 Stud Hi / Lo, 5 Card Draw, Razz, Badugi, Triple Draw 2-7, HORSE,
- Online since: 2000
- Official Website: www.pokerstars.com
- Network: Independent
- Licensed by: UKGC
- Compatible with: PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone App, Android App,
Million Dollar CardHunt – From 3rd to 16th January at midnight all players get a new chance to collect CardHunt puzzle pieces to win a share of over $1 million. Complete the daily challenge puzzle board by playing in Texas Holdem cash games and collecting cards by winning a hand with the cards on your own board. Every time you complete the puzzle you are guaranteed a cash prize up to $5,000.
Live game satellites are running now for:
- Pokerstars Festival London – January 23rd to 29th 2017
- PokerStars Festival Rozvadov – March 2nd to 13th 2017
New Player Bonus
Deposit Bonus: £10 / $30 free plus 100% up to $600 | £400 | €400 | $CAD650
Time Limit: 120 days
Minimum Deposit: $10
Marketing Code: PSP20895
Link: Sign up here
PokerStars now have 2 codes for you to use when you first sign up. At the moment you have the choice of a one time bonus of £20 / €20 / $20 or a deposit match bonus up to $600.
There really is a lot of info relating to these codes and their different playthrough requirements so we’ve set up a dedicated page with full details of the latest bonus codes.
- World’s Largest Poker Site
- Highly recommended
- Huge Record Breaking Promotions
- Trusted brand
From the moment you download Pokerstars you know you’re playing at the largest poker site in the world. The huge player base is astounding with over 220,000 players often online at peak times. The game choice is huge with plenty to offer everyone at all stake levels, you’d be hard pressed to not find a game at PokerStars, whichever variation of the game you play. It’s the only site with a good choice of games in poker variations other than Texas Holdem, if you ever fancy a game of Omaha, Draw, Stud, Courchevel, Irish or even HORSE then you need to check out what you’ve been missing.
Established in 2000, the Pokerstars brand has become synonymous with trust – when the events of Black Friday meant the leading sites had to exit the USA market overnight, the only players to be paid promptly were those who held their bankroll at Stars. This and their recent ‘bailout’ of Full Tilt Poker has strengthened their position in the global market and now they are an unstoppable force dominating the poker world.
As you would expect at such a large poker room there are players at Pokerstars at every level, all the way from the complete beginner to the hardened professional. You are just as likely to find yourself sitting next to the guy next door as one of the poker elite like Liv Boeree, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier or Daniel Negreanu.
The weekly $1 million tournament attracts all of the big names and although it has a life changing first prize of $200k+, it perhaps represents the one problem with Pokerstars, it is sometimes just too big for tournament players. Rarely will you find an overlay, every tournament is fully subscribed and there are no easy rides. The prizes are good for the outlay but you are up against so many other players, it feels like the element of skill is diminished in comparison to smaller sites and you are unlikely to win any tournament without a good share of luck. Some bigger tourneys feel more like a lottery – I may complain but it still doesn’t stop me and I regularly compete in smaller satellites (from just 11c) to get the chance to ‘try my luck’ in the $200 entry Sunday Million. Nothing beats the thrill of competing for such high reward from so little money.
There’s so much I could write about what is going on at Stars every single day but to be truthful I could bore you to death and write 5000 words on it and I still wouldn’t cover the whole story, but suffice to day, Pokerstars is the world leader, they are there for a reason. Try them.
The very first thing you should do when you open Pokerstars for the first time is get to grips with the filter system. Believe me, you will thank me for it later (click the image for an enlarged version).
The software works well on all platforms, whether you want to play on a tablet, PC, Mac or your smartphone (UK only at the moment) the experience is always slick and professional. A lot of thought has gone into the layout of the lobbies and filters. You can queue for a seat or ask the software to find one for you, everything you would expect from a world leader.
Uniquely in the poker world at Stars you can set up your own Poker Club and invite your mates to join in and play the games YOU want to play when YOU want to play them. This revolutionary concept – Homes Games – is available exclusively at PokerStars.
For players, new and old, living in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) who have an iPhone, iPad or Android device there’s a PokerStars Mobile Poker App. Simply download the App from PokerStars direct from your phone after you have set up your account. You can even manage your account anytime, anywhere using your phone once you have downloaded the App with Web Cashier.
- Minimum Blinds: 1c / 2c
- Maximum Blinds: $50 / $100
- Standard seats: 2, 6 and 9.
- Options: Heads Up, Deep, Ante, CAP.
- Games: Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi / Lo, 5 Card Omaha, 5 Card Omaha Hi / Lo, Courchevel, Courchevel Hi / Lo, Stud, Stud Hi / Lo, Razz, Triple Stud, Mixed Games, Badugi, 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, HORSE.
Pokerstars is a cash game player’s dream. There are plenty of tables around the clock with action available 24/7 at even the lesser known variants. At low levels it can be quite easy to find some soft games – remember, in general, the higher the player / flop percentage displayed in the cash lobby, the softer the game.
At high stakes the competition can be brutal, but not always, pick your table wisely, invest some time on choosing the right table for you. As the old saying goes ‘if you don’t know who the fish is at the table, then it’s you’, if you’re not comfortable at a table, then leave, with all this choice on offer you can pick and choose your opponents.
- Lowest entry: $0.02
- Highest entry: $1,050
- Usual starting stack: 3000
- Usual level increments: 10 minutes
- Buy-in fee: 10% included
- Options: Regular, Rebuy and Addon, Knockout, Shootout, Timed, Zoom (Fastfold), turbo, Hyper-Turbo, Slow.
- Games: Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 5 Card Omaha, 5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo, Courchevel, Courchevel Hi/Lo. Stud, Stud Hi/Lo, Razz, 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, Badugi, HORSE.
PokerStars can always be relied on to have plenty of tournaments to suit your fancy whenever you pop in. As well as the weekly $1 million, $500k and Daily Bigs (below), there are plenty of guaranteed tournaments running 24/7. They also have a healthy tournament programme in Omaha, Razz and HORSE.
As an official sponsor of the UKIPT, IPT, ANZPT, LAPT, APPT, PCA & EPT there’s a full programme of live game satellites for those players who want to experience the full bricks and mortar thrill. Satellites are running now, from just €1.10 or 100 FPPs, where it’s possible to win an all inclusive prize package which will include Main Event buy in, hotel and expenses for a small outlay.
The Daily Bigs, are guaranteed daily tournaments all at European player friendly times – the guarantees double on Sundays! Here’s a sample of what’s on offer every day to whet your poker appetite:
- The Big $22 ($22 buy in), 5pm UK, $25k Guaranteed prize pool
- The Big $109 ($109 buy in), 6pm UK,$50k Guaranteed prize pool
- The Big $11 ($11 buy in), 7pm UK, $50k Guaranteed prize pool
- The Big $55 ($55 buy in), 8pm UK, $100k Guaranteed prize pool
- The Big $162 ($162 buy in), 9pm UK, $75k Guaranteed prize pool
Satellites are running NOW from just $0.88 so you can win your seat to The Daily Bigs for even less!
The Hot Turbos are a schedule of daily guaranteed tournaments at UK friendly times. If you like your poker action fast and furious then these are for you, the cash prizes are doubled on Sundays. With buy ins ranging from just $0.55 to $109 – plus sats leading to these Hot Turbos – every player can afford to enjoy the thrill of turbo tournaments every day of the week
Satellites to the Major Sunday Tournaments run all day, every day from just $0.55, you won’t find guarantees anywhere else like these all on the same day:-
- Sunday Spark ($30k Guaranteed) 9.00 am UK / 4.00am New York time
- Sunday Kickoff ($100k Guaranteed) 1.00pm UK / 8.00am New York time
- Sunday Warm-Up ($500k Guaranteed) 4.00pm UK / 1.00pm New York time
- Sunday Rebuy ($200k Guaranteed) 5.00pm UK / midday New York time
- Sunday NLO8 ($30k Guaranteed) 6.15pm UK / 1.15pm New York time
- Sunday Storm ($300k Guaranteed) 6.30pm UK / 1.30pm New York time
- Sunday Million ($1m Guaranteed) 7.30pm UK / 2.30pm New York time
- Sunday PLO ($50k Guaranteed) 8.15pm UK / 3.15om New York time
- Sunday 500 ($300k Guaranteed) 8.30pm UK / 3.30pm New York time
- Sunday Second Chance ($200k Guaranteed) 9.30pm UK / 4.30pm New York time
- Sunday 6 – Max ($125k Guaranteed) 10.00pm UK / 5.00pm New York time
- Sunday Supersonic ($200k Guaranteed) 11.30pm UK / 6.30pm New York time
There are great tournaments all week at PokerStars – don’t forget the Omania for your daily dose of Omaha.
The Pokerstars Women’s Club deserves a mention here, you can easily find a tournament to suit your bankroll as the Club is split into three real money levels – Diamonds, Hearts and Spades. Each level has three tournaments daily where ladies can win cash prizes, freeroll tickets and merchandise. Diamond tournies have a buy in of 100 FPPs for a 30 day ticket, Hearts play at buy ins of $0.10 and level Spades at $1.10. There’s even a play money level where you can win tournie tickets and vouchers for free gifts – all for nothing!
Whilst we’re talking about time you may have noticed that WET is often mentioned on Stars, and that’s not the weather but Western European Time which is the same as BST (British Summer Time) yes, it’s the time in the UK!
Sit and Go’s
- Lowest entry: $0.02
- Highest entry: $5000
- Buy-in fee: 10% included
- Usual starting stack: 1500
- Usual level increments: 8 mins
- Standard No. seats: 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 18, 36, 45, 90, 180, 360 and 990.
- Options: Regular, Turbo, Hyper-Turbo, Slow, Rebuy, Knockout, Shootout, Fift50, Steps.
- Games: Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi / Lo.
Pokerstars have a good range of 1 table and multi table sit and go’s, although strangely not $5 or $10 tournies which are standard elsewhere. The lower and mid range level buy-ins are $0.02, $0.10, $0.25, $0.50, $1.00, $1.50, $3.50, $7, $15 and $30. High rollers need look no further, they are well catered for too, with buy ins of $1000, $2000 and $5000. There are also plenty of satellite sit and go’s to all the major events currently featured.
Pokerstars was the first online poker site to have a VIP Loyalty Programme to reward their frequent players. Every real money player will earn points (Frequent Player Points – FPPs) as they play which can be exchanged for cash, used to enter online tournaments (including Live Game satellites) or spent in the excellent online shop. VIP Player Points (VPPs) determine your VIP level and are reset every calendar month – each time you earn 1 x VPP you will have earned at least 1 x FPPs, based on your VIP level. The higher your status the better your rewards will be. The moment you start playing at Pokerstars you become a Bronzestar VIP and can join the exclusive freerolls that are played at every VIP level.
Leaderboards & Leagues
The PokerStars Multi-Table Tournament Leaderboard come in three formats – The Weekly Leader Board, the Monthly Leader Board and the Yearly Leader Board. Every time you place in the top 15% you will be awarded Tournament Leader Board Points (TLB points) which count towards the following:
The Weekly Leader Board takes your best 10 results for the week and the player with the highest score gets to play, Heads Up, a Pro member of Team Poker Stars. You get to choose the game, but not the time, your challenge will be on Sunday at 7pm UK time. The prize pool starts at $1000 and is carried over to the next weeks’ match if the Pro wins!
The Monthly Leader Board will take your best 20 results from the previous month, then, if you are in the top 1000 players, you will get your share of the T$40000 prize pool. First place wins T$2000. T$ (tournament dollars) can be redeemed (used) in any online tournament.
The Yearly Leader Board takes your top 100 results from the previous year The top ten finishers will share in $200000 worth of Pokerstars Passports, the lucky winner will win a passport worth $50000, the runner up will get a $40000 passport and third place gets a $30000 passport. The Pokerstars Passport can be used in any online tournament series or sponsored live event.
Maximum: $640 per day, $2000 per month
Options: Bank Wire, Cheque by mail, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, entropay, Instadebit, Maestro, Mastercard, Moneybookers (skrill), Neteller, Paypal, Paysafecard, Qiwi Visa Virtual, Ukash, Visa,
Options: Bank Wire, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, entropay, Instadebit, Moneybookers (skrill), Neteller, Paypal, Qiwi Visa Virtual, Ukash, Visa,
Fast payouts, instant deposits and helpful support staff if something goes wrong, Stars are known for their reliability.
- Customer Service Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Customer Service Telephone: None
- Registered Address: 33-37 Athol Street, Douglas, Isle of Man.
The only area I feel Stars could improve, I’d love live chat support from within the game, or even from the website. At the moment the only way to contact them is via email and you can expect to wait at least a couple of hours for a response. Not bad in the big scheme of things, but it could be improved.
Languages SupportedEnglish, Bulgarian (Български), >Croatian (Hrvatski), Czech (Čeština, Česky), Danish (Dansk), Dutch (Nederlands), Suomi (Finnish), French (Français), German (Deutsch), Greek (Ελληνικά), Hungarian (Magyar), Icelandic (Islenska), Italian (Italiano), Polish (Polski), Portuguese (Português), Romanian (Română), Russian (Русский), Slovak (Slovenčina, Slovakia), Spanish (Español), Swedish (Svenska),
Countries accepted:UK, Canada, Australia, Europe, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Argentina, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela, South Africa, New Zealand,
Pokerstars last reviewed by DirectoryOnlinePoker.com August 2017. All rights reserved.