“ Online Poker „
One of my indulgences in life is poker.
Not a vice you understand, I am quite aware that it isn't a way to 'get rich quick' and i play well within my limits, usually with less than a tenner on the table just for the enjoyment of the game. This is a hobby. The money I wager is already written off mentally so when I do have a nice win it's just a nice bonus.
I've played for around 6 or 7 years now and get along ok. While I find that the live game is much more intense - face to face with your opponent armed with nothing but your wits and a stack of clay chips (or a pile of banknotes, but not at the low stakes I play I assure you!), the online game is almost as good and there are now dozens of poker sites vying for market share.
Pokerstars is considered to be one of the originals, and certainly the most popular.
Established in South America in 2001, 'Stars quickly grew to be the site that players of all stakes were drawn to. In the early days it was in fierce competition with Party Poker, who sponsored the popular TV show 'Late Night Poker' and were easily the best known site due to TV coverage.
While PP was a favourite with new players to the game, Pokerstars had a much better following with the seasoned players and high stakes thrill seekers due to the volume and variety of games.
The company is now based in the Isle Of Man (probably for tax reasons, but who am I to speculate!)
At the last count, Pokerstars had well over 50,000,000 registered players worldwide (almost the population of Britain!) and has dealt almost 90 BILLION real money hands!
Pokerstars cash games are probably the best online. Log in any time of the day or night and you'll find anything from 100,000 to half a million players signed in!
Games very from the hugely popular No Limit Hold 'Em, which re-started the poker boom of the nineties's and noughties, to lesser played games such as Omaha, Stud and Draw and even encompassing mixed games such as HORSE (a level each of Hold 'Em, Omaha, Razz, 7 Card Stud and Stud hi/lo).
Buy-in amounts range from 'micro-stakes' where players can sit down with as little as 0.80c and play 0.01c/0.02c blinds*, to what the regulars call 'nosebleed' stakes where literally hundreds of thousands of dollars cross the felt on a daily basis at blind levels* as high as $1000/$2000!
There is no time limit or cashout restrictions in the real money games. You may sit in for a couple of hands or play for hours, and if the money you brought to the table runs out you may re-load as many times as you like through the cashier. Personally I only buy in once and usually leave the table once I've doubled up, starting another table with my original buy-in.
The cash tables are great fun, and a game can be found 24 hours a day at almost any stakes you wish to wager. Tables range from 2 seat 'heads up' games where it's one on one action, but 6 seat (shorthanded) tables and 9 seat (full ring) tables make up the majority of the games.
*Blinds are the forced bets designed to start the betting action in the game.
The 'dealer' position moves one place clockwise round the table each new hand.
The player immediately to the left of the dealer places the 'small blind' and the player next to him places the 'big blind'.
In a '$1/$2' game, the $1 and $2 denotes the small and big blinds.
After the big blind is placed, the rest of the players must wager at least this amount (or may 'raise' by betting more money) to remain in the hand. Otherwise they must 'fold' and forfeit their cards.
SIT & GO:
These games are good if you're in a hurry. A sit and go game basically means that it's a set buy in and a set amount of seats. For example, a game might cost $1 to buy into and have 9 seats. As soon as 9 players register, you're seated with a set amount of chips (usually 1500) and the game runs until one player holds all of the chips!
How many seats the game has decides the payout structure. Usually in a 9 seat game there will be 3 paid places, with half of the prize pool going to the winner and the other half split between 2nd and 3rd place.
Once again, there are dozens of different games to choose from. By far the most popular are the mid-stakes ($15 or so) No Limit Hold Em games, but buy-ins are available as low as a few cents and all the way up to thousands of dollars.
MTT'S (Multi Table Tournaments):
Clearly what sets 'Stars apart from the rest are their amazing selection of multi table tourneys. Same principle as the Sit and Go, but instead of a set amount of players these games have unlimited fields, with potentially thousands of players buying in before the start.
There are games kicking off every few minutes with buy-ins to suit every pocket, but my very favourite are the 'guarantees'.
All that means is that regardless of how many players buy in, Pokerstars guarantee a set prize pool. For example there is a $1 game which guarantees $50,000 in prizes even if it doesn't have 50,000 players - Pokerstars supply the shortfall.
There are some superb series' on the site as well. A couple of times a year we are treated to the WCOOP (world championship of online poker) with some truly staggering prizes up for grabs.
Sadly, the buy-ins are often eye watering, meaning I've only played in a couple when I've managed to satellite my way in (explained in the next section).
Luckily for us low stakes players they have recently launched 'MicroMillions', a great tournament series comprised of 100 events played over 12 days which allows for low buy-ins but huge prizes. The highest entry fee is $22 (£15ish) and the prize pool for that game is $1,000,000!
Of course the fields are much larger, but it gives us little people a shot at the big-time.
To simply explain Satellites, these are low stakes games which act as filters into large games.
So a $100 big money game might have a satellite with ten $10 seats. Instead of winning cash, the winner of the $10 event will take a $100 ticket to the main event.
These games have always been popular, but never more so than 2003 when an amateur Pokerstars player won a $40 satellite, gained entry into a larger $90 satellite and won that one too putting him in a $500 satellite to play in the World Series Of Poker main event.
He won the ticket and went off to Vegas all-expenses paid with a seat in the $10,000 No Limit Hold 'Em main event to play against a field of nearly 1000 seasoned professionals.
Oh, and he won that too! A payday of slightly over $2.5 MILLION for a $40 investment.
His name was Chris Moneymaker...you just couldn't make it up!
One of my biggest concerns was cheating to be honest. Luckily Pokerstars have some pretty clever software to track collusion, so if two players consistently play at the same tables but avoid confrontations with each other, or use betting patterns designed to draw other players into the pot, the software red-flags them and their accounts will be closed if there is even a remote suspicion that they are defrauding other players.
There are strict regulations regarding the random generator and card shuffle facility of course, and Pokerstars use the most trusted available. The servers are some of the most secure on the planet, using 1024 bit encryption software (running random number generators impossible to externally hack) and similar client software coded to 512 bit encryption.
One or two of the poker sites of old have been hacked and programmed to favour specific players - if that happens once trust is lost forever, so 'Stars have made sure they're not susceptible!
Internally, Pokerstars have nothing to gain by cheating players.
In casino games if you lose then the house (or website) wins. In poker, the cash is passed between the players so the 'house' has nothing to gain.
They make their money by taking a 'rake' from the game. Usually when a cash pot reaches $1, Pokerstars will take a small percentage (usually 1% or 2%) and that is their fee for running the game.
In Sit And Go and MTT games there is a small fee built in to the entrance cost.
A $75 game might have $70 going to the prize pool and $5 being your entrance fee, Pokerstars profit.
At times I do feel as though someone has flipped my 'doom switch' when I can't seem to win a single hand, but to be honest all players will experience runs of good and bad luck - it's just common variance.
My best experiences of Pokerstars have been playing 'hobby poker'. By that I mean loading up a small amount of money and playing affordable stakes for FUN. A lot of people get carried away and play for sums of money they can't afford to lose. I'd be lying if I said I'd never put myself in that position before now, but that totally sucks the fun out of the experience.
I play for enjoyment, not to get rich, so I now have limits imposed in case I ever let my imagination run away with me and find my finger hovering over the buy-in button for a three figure tournament!
Setting deposit/staking limits is easy enough to do, Pokerstars fully understand that some players are vunerable to compulsive gamblers and others (like me) just get hung up in the moment from time to time.
For newcomers to the game, 'Stars run a training academy. Full descriptions of games with written and video tutorials are available, and when you feel ready there are a range of challenges posed for which you can earn extra money for your bankroll.
They also run a series of 'freerolls' - tournaments with a low prizepool but no entrance fee. These attract thousands of players and often require hours of play for a tiny reward, but they are fantastic training for new players who fancy a real money game without actually having to stake any of their own money.
Regular players can earn 'player points'. This is directly connected to 'rake' (mentioned above somewhere). I am a silverstar VIP (2nd tier from bottom) so for every dollar I pay in rake I receive 7.5 player points to spend in the Pokerstars shop or use for tournament buy-ins.
I've racked up a few thousand before and bought small items, but to give you some scale a deck of cards costs almost 1000pp's and a Porsche Cayenne is the most expensive item at 3,000,000 points!
Takes some doing to earn those points, but they've given 7 Porsches away so far!
As a bit of fun, I would recommend Pokerstars to anyone. I've been a member for years and had lots of enjoyment out of it. Despite being a mid level low stakes player I have achieved some good results, even a couple of 4 figure wins.
In fact, I'd estimate that overall I'm not far from break even - maybe a couple of hundred quid down over 5 years which is pretty good going. If I can do that then anyone can, because I'm fairly mediocre!
The cash I've spent I attribute to entertainment value rather than gambling losses to be honest. If I lose a tenner over a night I just imagine that it's what I would have spent on a DVD instead.
I love the rush of the game.
Poker is (to my knowledge) the only professional game where an amateur can sit next to a seasoned veteran of the game and still have a shot at winning.
Money is the great equaliser - if you have the capital you can buy into the World Series and sit next to players like Daniel Negreanu or Phil Hellmuth and shoot the breeze while competing at top level Poker. That is basically like being able to buy a place in the FA Cup final and standing shoulder to shoulder with the worlds best footballers and I find that amazing!
To anyone who already plays poker, Pokerstars is a must! The selection of games is simply unrivaled on any other site. The only one which came close was Full Tilt Poker which closed its doors in the summer of 2011. And wouldn't you know it, Pokerstars have just bought it out (debts and all) and plan to relaunch this month!
Poker is still slightly looked down on by those who don't understand the intricacies of the game.
Yes it's technically gambling, but it's a game of luck mixed with a lot of skill. Anyone with a good head for mathematics and especially odds should be a winner long-term, but luck will always play a huge part in this game.
The luck aspect keeps the inexperienced players coming back, but the skilled players will always get their money in the end!
Top site. If you're looking for an introduction to poker, an intermediate game or a seat with the professionals, Pokerstars has it all!
Pokerstars is a down-loadable poker room. It prides itself upon being the largest online poker room with an average of 100,000 players playing at any given time! To be honest, I'm not all that certain on the history of Pokerstars, but then again most poker players are there to win money, not learn about the history of the site! I've been playing poker now for almost 2 years, and no, before you ask I'm not an addict! Pokerstars has a large number of features which gives it the edge over competitors eg.Full Tilt! Here are those features!
At first, the Pokerstars interface is a whole load of mumbo-jumbo! For a player who had just recently downloaded Pokerstars, It's easy to understand you feel in over your head! After downloading the software off of the website, the loading screen will appear! You are required to enter your details (to ensure your over 18) and select an alias! This is what other poker player will see you as, so choose carefully! I once saw someones alias as 'w4nk3r', i thought to myself 'what and absolute.....'! Anyway, after installing, the interface will appear! The screen will appear with a long list of poker games available, and to be honest it's very difficult to understand for a beginner! Pokerstars haven't made it user friendly for beginners, they use code words to explain what type of game your entering. For example, NL 6-max 100cap! I didn't have a clue what was going on! It's a daunting feeling not understanding what to do on a gambling site, one click and you've lost all your money. I exaggerate. I had memories of the first time I walked into a bookmakers, in at the deep end!
After my initial deliberations and ignoring the silly code words, the interface isn't all that bad! You have a series of pull-downs from the top of the screen whereby you can choose what game type you want to play! Hold'em, Omaha, Stud, Tourney, Sit & Go are all options you can choose from! Once you've chosen your category, you can decide what stakes you want to play. The options are High, Medium, Low and Micro. However, I was hoping that selecting these options would direct me to a game i wanted to play, 9/10 times it does not! You have o further refine your search, you can do this by selecting a feature in the bottom right of the screen, a filter! Here you can adapt the search to show games you wish to play in, for example, how many player you want to play against, how fast the blinds increase and more.
Before you can enter any game, you have to deposit money! Simply click on the cashier button to the bottom left of the screen and enter your credit card details, and you request will be processed immediately! There is a fast-track option whereby you can save your credit card details onto Pokerstars and you can add chips without entering your details again.
===At The Table===
When registered to a tournament, a screen appears automatically with the table you have been designated. The layout is fairly simplistic, with players located around the table. There is an option at the main interface which allows you to pick your preferred seat if you wish. By selecting the dealer position (or by right clicking anywhere at the table), you get a series of options which allow you to customize the table to your liking! You can change the table layout, the deck type and even request an email to see your statistics. I like this feature as it allows more experienced players to analyse how they play.
At the bottom right of the screen is where all the action happens! This is where the betting takes place. You have three options when you play a hand, you can check, bet or fold depending on the strength of your hand. There is a slider that allows you to vary the amount you want to bet, or can type a figure in the box provided! As with most things on Pokerstars, there are various options you can choose from to make the slider more personal.
Pokerstars prides itself on its unique tournaments! Unlike any other poker site they have specialist tournaments that you can only enter on Pokerstars. During the months of Spring, they offer entries into a unique tournament know as SCOOP events! This stands for Spring Championship Of Online Poker. It offers huge prize pools for small entry fees, making it one of the most popular events all year! There are around 50 events, divided into 3 sub-categories (small, medium and large) depending on the buy-in! The small events have small buy-ins where as the larger events have big buy-ins! Either way, you can end up winning $30,000 by investing on $11, not a bad opportunity hey! They offer similar style events all through the year such as the WCOOP. These events occur during summer months, and are knows as the World Championship Of Online Poker!
Pokerstars also offer a game type known as satellite events! These allows players to buy-in to small events (eg.$5) and if they win, gain entry to a higher buy-in game (eg.£50)! I'm sure all you poker geniuses know, Chris Moneymaker went on to win the 2003 World Series of Poker main Event after gaining entry via a $40 satellite game. He won $2.5 million! Thus, Pokerstars creates opportunities for amateur players to play in the big games!
Pokerstars is largest online poker site in the world, and it is so for a reason. Its offers unique events, it's reliable (Full Tilt has recently come under problems involving players not getting their winnings), it's easy to use and offers the user unique opportunities that can be found nowhere else! If there were one aspect where Pokerstars could improve, it would certainly be its user face!However, It is by far the Star of the poker world, and I suspect it to retain It's crown for many years to come! Full Tilt? I'd be tilted if my main competitor was head and shoulders above the rest of the competition!
This is quite a good poker site, easy to use, for those players wishing to play for fun. Real money play is avaliable, but please be careful, as poker can be very addictive!!!
Play money games are only avaliable in texas hold'em, but if you want to play for cash there are a wide variety of tournaments and cash games at low to high stakes on offer. Sit n Go's are also avaliable, where you just choose which game you want to play, register and then wait for other players to join you. The money in these pots goes to the winners or people placed. It always says in the lobby how many places are paid.
Hold'em, Omaha and Stud can be played as cash games, as can 8 game, which is a combination of 8 different poker games.
There are daily tournaments in 8 Game, Hold'em, Stud Hi Low at different stakes, to suit the level of player.
Weekly and monthly tournaments are also held, with quite large prize pools. Freerolls are often held for sattelites to these, you just need to check the lobby for the different events that are scheduled.
It is easy to get an account and money does not need to be deposited to open an account, although, you need a positive cash balance to play games which have a buy in.
Frequent player points are awarded to those people who play for cash, which can be used as buy ins for certain tournaments.
As I said above, a great fun site to play on, but BE CAREFUL, as gambling can be addictive!!
Pokerstars.com is an online website offering online poker. Pokerstars are one of the premium poker websites offering a variety of different poker styles to players. Players can be given the choice of whether to play for play money so as not to risk their hard earned cash or they can deposit money to their account through a load of different measures. Deposits can only been made in US $s.
There are all sorts of tables on offer for you to play on so if you are a beginner or don't have all that much to risk then you can play on a low stakes table for a couple of cents. If you feel more confident you can choose to play for higher stakes such as $1/$2. You can also play different types of poker such as stud or omaha.
If you feel more adventurous you can enter into tournaments, Pokerstars offers freeroll tournaments where people can play for free in an attempt to win a seat at a televised event. It is worth noting that there are a lot of entrants in freeroll tournaments so to make it to the final will take a long time playing. I have personally seen freeroll tournaments take over 12 hours to finish so if you do want to win these things then you do need commitment.
It is also possible to set up your own tournament for friends whereby you can decide the buy-in level and how the prizes are paid out. I find that this can be a nice way of playing poker with my friends who are scattered at different universities around the country.
The software is very easy to use and is relatively straight forward to use. The software will also auto-update as and when it is needed.
Overall Pokerstars is a very pleasant way to play poker and will still be my program of choice. The graphics can be fairly basic but I think that when playing poker there is only so far you can go unless you try something radical like PKR.
Pokerstars is well known for being one of the biggest, if not *the* biggest online poker network. However, not much attention is really paid to the play money side of things. Pokerstars allows playing to play for play money instead of real money, meaning that you don't have to risk your hard-earned cash to have fun. It also means that you don't have to worry about credit card details.
Pokerstars offers a wide variety of games, such as the classic Texas Hold'em, Omaha and 7-Card Stud. Within these games it also offers you the options of different stakes. The site is supported by many well-known names such as Vicky Coren and Alex Kravchenko, showing how good the site is.
The graphics are wonderful, they are smooth and you have the option to change the table graphics if you don't like them to something that more suits your tastes.
The site also offers both tournaments and sit and play games, suiting everyone's tastes, whether you have the time to sit and play for a couple of hours or if you can only sit down for 10 minutes or so.
I would definitely recommend this site to any poker fan. It also has many bonus features you probably would not think you would need on a site like this, like the option to find certain players and go to their table and the option to make notes about players to help you play against them.
Pokerstars.com is the biggest independent online poker room. It has the best software, promotions and hosts some of the biggest guaranteed online tournaments online.
The poker software is the best around. It's free to download, updated frequently and has many adaptable features to suit every taste. There are numerous lobby and table skins to choose as well as the option to add a custom avatar to the table. The tables are clean and easy to use and the size can also be adapted.
Pokerstars.com offer generous and frequent bonus offers to its players starting with a first deposit bonus of 100% up to $50. There are often reload bonuses offered alongside other promotional events at the site throughout the year. Not only that, players can also trade in their hard earned Frequent Player Points (FPP) for instant cash credits and reward bonuses. These are available any time from the VIP store. Other promotions that are offered all year round include "Multi Table Tournament" and "Sit & Go" leader boards. These leader boards work by awarding points to players who finish highest in tournaments. There are leader boards running weekly, monthly and yearly with many great prizes for the leaders. One of the big positives about this poker room is the variety of games on offer. You can find Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Stud, 5 Card Draw, HORSE and Razz to name just a few, all of these games can be played as cash games or as tournaments and all qualify towards releasing bonuses, climbing leader boards or whatever other promotions players may be participating in.
The biggest weekly and seasonal tournaments can also be found at Pokerstars. The "Sunday Million" and "Sunday Warm Up" are just 2 of a range of large tournaments on offer throughout a normal week on the site. The Sunday Warm Up is the first to start of the two with a $215 buy in and a $750,000 guaranteed prize pool. This is followed soon after by the Sunday Million which also is a $215 buy in and a whopping $1,500,000 guaranteed. Seasonal tournaments include the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and the Spring Championship of Online Poker. Both are a long series of events with a wide range of buy ins and game formats to suit everyone.
Pokerstar's VIP club is one of the leading player reward systems online. Players earn VIP Player Points (VPP's) as they play games which determine their status on the site. VPP's earned are worked out as follows:
1VPP awarded when at least $0.40 of rake is taken from a pot in a cash game where the stakes a $1/$2 or lower. 1 VPP awarded when at least $1 of rake is taken from the pot for stakes of $2/$4 and above.
2VPP awarded when at least $3 of rake is taken from a pot on all tables with the exception of 6max games where only $2 of rake is needed.
3VPP awarded when at least $5 is raked from the pot on all tables.
For tournaments, VPP awarded is equal to 5x the entry fee.
VIP Categories are as follows:
Bronze Star is the base level at which all players start at. Players get 1 Frequent Player Point (FPP) for every 1 VPP earned.
Silver Star is achieved when players accumulate 1200VPP's in a single month. At this level players earn 1.5 FPP's for every 1 VPP earned.
Gold Star is achieved when players accumulate 3000 VPP's in a single month. Players earn 2 FPP's for every 1 VPP earned.
Platinum Star is achieved when players accumulate 7500 VPP's in a single month. Players earn 2.5FPP's for every 1VPP earned.
Supernova is achieved when players accumulate 100,000VPP's in a year. Players earn 3.5 FPP's for every 1 VPP earned.
Supernova Elite is achieved when players accumulate 1,000,000 VPP's in a year. Players Earn 5 FPP's for every 1 VPP earned.
FPP's can be used to buy entry into tournaments or used in the VIP store to purchase items in the store. Some items are only available to players in the higher categories.
In my opinion, Pokerstars.com is probably the best online poker room going. There are numerous promotions and tournaments on offer that you just won't find on any other site. Coupled with the great software and low deposit limit of just $10 this makes a perfect place to play for any player, especially recreational players. Unfortunately for the more serious player there is no rakeback deals or smaller tournaments on offer but this can be justified by the VIP store and other promotions on offer.
Pokerstars is a great site. The sheer size if Pokerstars (average of 100,000 players at any one time) means that all tastes are catered for, which is particularly good if you are keen on the variants such as Omaha, Razz, Stud and the increasingly popular HORSE format. There is also a better range of deepstack tournaments than its competitors.
The other added benefit of Pokerstars size is that you never have to wait for a game, sit and gos are starting up every few seconds.
The Sit and Gos are excellent they are slightly longer in duration than Full Tilt sit and gos this is due to the slightly longer levels. Additionally the Pokerstars Sit and Gos are the only ones I have played which introduce antes at the 200/400 level, which I think is brilliant.
The heads up sit and gos are also excellent, they have both normal speed, turbo and deep stacked which are very interesting.
Another advantage derived from the size of Pokerstars is the big Sunday tournaments such as the Sunday Warmup and the Sunday Million. The buy in for these is $215 and you can satellite your way from as little as a few dollars and have fun deep-stacked with the prospect of winning a lifechanging amount of money on a quiet Sunday evening.
At low stakes the quality of play on Pokerstars is better than on most sites which is refreshing, because it can be extremely hard work playing a sit n go against 8 calling stations.
Cosmetically Pokerstars is an attractive site with a good choice of skins for the table including jungle scene and tropical beach. the other quirky aspect of Pokerstars is the fact that you upload your own image to use as your avataar.
One of the disdavantages of Pokerstars is, I believe, a downsiide of it's size. Many of the multi-table tournaments have thousands of entrants which means you need a large bankroll and a lot of time in order to play enough of these for it to be profitable.
Others have commented about the lack of rakeback for cash players. This doesn't really affect me because I play mostly tournaments and never usually gain much from bonuses. Although I am quite happy with the Pokerstars reward system, I have cashed in some freerolls using the points as entry and I also earned enough points to buy the Harrington on cash book. So I have got some good freebies.
I don't really think there is a need to explain what an online poker website is or does like some other reviews.
Yes you can play poker here, but the differences to other sites is the key here.
At stars you do not get any form of rakeback, so the rake you pay all stays with stars. Unlike some other major sites like fulltilt where you can get 27% back here its Zero. This makes a huge difference to high to medium volume players. If you are a occasional player at low levels then it does not really matter.
The points you get as you play are good, you can spend them on pokerstars products like hats, t-shirts and entry to some MTT's.
The most appealing thing that attracts people to stars is the variation in games available and the volume of traffic. You can login at any time of the day or night and sit at a table with other players.
It has the biggest MTT's online, the Sunday $1m being a good example, and the Sunday warmup. Both of which attract 1000's of players. So if you willining to spend 12hrs playing poker to win some huge money this is ideal for you.
Like others have said the signup bonus is poor for stars, 20% bonus on your initial deposit which only gets given to you the more you play.
The standard of play varies as you would expect but there are alot of softer sites for you to play on.
PokerStars is the largest poker site in the world, offering massive volume in cash games and tournaments and action at almost any game and limit 24 hours a day.
It really sets the standard in the industry as far as tournaments go, with an unmatched selection and sit-and-gos at all stakes starting up virtually every second.
PokerStars in my opinion has one of the best loyalty programs on the net. Frequent players points can be exchange not only for tournament entry but for a variety of Pokerstars merchandise and even a Porsche Carrerra.
The software is also top-notch and offers fast play, high reliability, great multi-table options and a high level of customization - it pretty much sets the bar for the industry there as well. With almost 20 different skins for the table and lobby layouts, everyone will find a layout that will suit them.
If you're looking for a downside, though, it's probably the inconsistent competition. Because of the huge player base, the opposition can range from super soft at one table to unbelievably aggressive just the next table over. If I was to be honest, I would not suggest Pokerstars as place to learn the game. For the total novice I would suggest Titan Poker or McPoker where the skill levels are more constant at the lower stakes.
Lower limits and tournaments are still flush with bad players, say up to the $6 and $11 SNG level, but there are literally thousands of strong players trolling PokerStars daily looking to make a living, so expect some tough competition scattered throughout your games.
If you like more obscure poker variations, PokerStars is for you, with a wide spread of games offered - Texas Hold'em, Omaha and Seven-Card Stud in all versions, H.O.R.S.E., H.O.S.E., 2-7 Triple Draw, Five-Card Draw, Razz, 2-7 Single Draw Lowball, Badugi, 8-Game, Mixed Hold'em and Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo. More are added every few months.
Overall, PokerStars keeps its spot at the top of the industry for traffic by offering a real "feel for poker" and responding rapidly to player feedback.
Bottom line, it does what it does very well, and if the competition wasn't so tough at the higher stakes and there wasn't the occasional inconvenience that comes with such a huge site, it would be tough not to rank PokerStars higher.
Real-money player statistics as of January 2009 show 22,500 ring-game players at peak hours and 155,000 tournament players at peak hours.
I would suggest Pokerstars for the beginner poker player who already knows the game. I feel that Pokerstars is not the place to start your poker career and likewise experienced high stakes players would feel more at home at Full Tilt poker where there is more money to be made.
Ive been playing poker on and off for the last 2 years and have recently signed up to pokerstars this week. Ive currently played on Full Tilt Poker and Titan Poker.The first thing i noticed about PokerStars was the amount of different games on the site - from ohama to badugi. There are also many different limits. The lowest is 0.01/0.02 then 0.02/0.05. This is a nice change from other sites where the lowest is 0.05/0.10.The interface is also very easy to use and customisable, with different themes. You can deposit as small as $10, there is also a sign up bonus of 100%.The only bad comment i have for the site, which isn't a big complaint is that there is no "Bet Pot" button, but i can live without it!
I wouldn't say that I am a big gambler, however I do like a flutter from time to time and recently I found myself playing on jackpotjoy site. I would put a great deal of money on my account however if you lost it seemed to get swallowed up pretty quick and the I wouldn't put no more on.
I have played poker a tiny little bit for the past couple of years but always found I could never get the hang of it, I knew when I had got a decent hand but it was the betting aspect of things that always confused me and thats why I had never played in an actual poker game.
When I met my boyfriend I found that we had more than enough things in common and the casino was one of them. He had been on poker stars for a while and was the person that introduced me to the site.
Poker Stars is a poker only game site, in which people register on from all over the world, which is great because when playing you get to chat to different people from different countries whilst you are playing because you have instant messaging on you screen as you are in a game.
Poker Stars is really easy to register you just complete the application form and away you go, as soon as you have downloaded the software to play on. Initially you can play for free and they give you toy money on play tables, however is you wish to play for money you have to prove that you are over 18 and give them your driving licence and passport details so that they can confirm your details. If you do not have this information unfortunately you are unable to play.
The have various games of poker on there, starting from1 dollar games. I normally play the 1 dollar games of Texas Hold Em and you can choose whether you want to play on a table with 4, 6 or 9, however playing with another 8 players normally lasts a lot longer and the top three of the game all win a stake of the pot.
On the site you can earn points as you play which you can spend in the poker stars VIP room for various different merchandise which some people are very poker orientated and will do this.
The site is a lot more cost effective is you like a flutter as it doesn't swallow up you money and you can be in one game for a good hour, depending on how good you are. If you ever try this out, good luck!!