PokerStars is an important part of online poker, representing about 20-40% of the total business in the online gaming industry.
The service is offering the new customers a 100% welcome bonus of up to $600.
PokerStars is not tops in terms of free money. However, it gives an opportunity to gain some VIP player points (VPPs) and participate in FPP (frequent player program).
Website and Software
Its website is functional, informative and appealing. PokerStars software Aside is stable and aesthetic but also fast and highly customizable. However, there are no avatars available for players.
Players are able to find any game at any stakes at all levels of player’s skills. The service also offers numerous game variations with Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha-8, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi/lo but also Razz, H.O.R.S.E., Five Card Draw and Deuce to Seven Triple Draw.
PokerStars hosts the biggest guaranteed tournaments in the world, such as the renowned PokerStars Sunday Million. For players looking for the ultimate in online poker tournament series the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) may also be strong arguments for this service. Both of them have offered a staggering $30 million guarantee in the past with awarding over $1 million to the first place. Apart from the guaranteed tournaments, this poker service runs numerous satellite tournaments to major live and online poker events. There are the World Series of Poker, the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, Latin America Poker Tour and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and more.
It is estimated that PokerStars has more than 120,000 active players. There are plenty of soft games at the micro-stakes but the competition becomes more difficult as the stakes increase. Due to the huge player base there are some very fierce opponents as well.
There are special email addresses listed on the website that operate 24/7. Qualified consultants send back an informative response within 4 hours. As there is no 24/7 phone service, players are able to email and request a telephone contact (either in Spanish or English).
PokerStars is said to set the standards in the industry for online poker tournaments, so choosing it seems natural even for advanced players.