Poker Stars

Poker Stars is a classic Canadian favourite

The online poker rooms at Poker Stars are in a sense the holy grail of anyone setting out to launch a new online poker application. Sitting atop the leader boards of online poker sites in Canada as well as across the globe, only Full Tilt comes close to matching this site’s dominance.

Graphics remain visually appealing, but simple. The layout is a classic table of green felt, with avatars as merely pictures of the player that occupy a seat. Speed is placed much more as a priority over the aesthetic. Regular games move smoothly and swiftly enough, but Poker Stars also offers those who crave an even faster pace the option to participate in their “speed” games. Speed games offer players less thinking times, and blinds are always placed automatically. Poker Stars also offers a wealth of tips and advice from some of the most successful online poker players in the business, accessible via the Poker Stars website – including one of the site’s newest team members, Canadian Jonathan Duhamel of Montreal. Having launched the careers of some of the world’s biggest poker names, new players can hope to follow in their footsteps.

Games and tournaments

Poker Stars offers a variety of tournaments and freerolls, which should be suitable to every player’s budget. Despite having produced many high-fliers in the online poker scene, average tournaments start at just $10 + $1, and progress up to $215. Freerolls at Pokers Stars can also offer as much as $20, 000 in guaranteed cash winnings, and cost nothing to enter. Their exclusive new Ultimate Home Games allows groups of players in Canada and other locations around the world to compete for prizes worth over $100,000. Satellites are also provided to some of the biggest live events in the world, including the European Poker Tour, Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure, Irish Poker Tour and Asia Pacific Tour.

Bonus and promotion information

With the Poker Stars rewards scheme, the more you play the more you stand to win. Players earn Frequent Player Points whenever they participate in a cash table with a rake, and points can be traded for tournament tickets and merchandise at the VIP store. Players also win VIP points the more they play, which allows them to advance through the player ranks, opening up further opportunities and the chance to earn more FPPs.

Poker Stars also offers newcomers a generous 100% bonus, which is good for up to $600. Players are allowed to make up to three separate qualifying deposits, and must win their bonus by earning VIP Player Points at real-money tables. Bonus money is added to the player’s account in increments of ten, and players are given a total of six months to claim as much as they can. The number of VIP Player Points required depends on whether you’re using Canadian dollars or choose a different currency, so be sure to check the website for terms and conditions.

Traffic volume

Currently sitting atop online poker polls as the most popular room on the web, Poker Stars enjoys a loyal fan base stretching from Canada to Australia, Asia to the Europe. Unlike many online poker applications which have barred entry to players from the US, Poker Stars still welcomes gamers in the States, which has counted greatly to maintaining its lucrative popularity and increased the site’s traffic during peak North American hours. Functioning as an independent network, player numbers tend to peak around afternoon and evening hours. Table numbers are huge, with hundreds on each type on offer 24/7, and as such player numbers often exceed the tens of thousands.

More information

The Poker Stars Team is one of the most powerful in the world. Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem and Tom McEvoy are all WSOP winners, along with poker powerhouses Daniel Negreanu of Canada, Barry Greenstein of the US, Isabelle Mercier – also of Canada – and online poker star Victor Blom of Sweden.

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Established: 2001

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