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Bonus Code: First2007
 
Deposit Promo: 100% up to $50 on first deposit

Summary

Poker Stars is one of the major poker rooms still accepting players from the United States. As such, many players that used to play at other rooms such as Party Poker, who have pulled out of the US market, have switched over. This has lead to Poker Stars having extremely high levels of traffic, which allows it to run an extensive range of games and limits, all active, which further attract new players. This activity combined with the large bonuses, highly functional software and a generous loyalty scheme make Poker Stars one of the best places to play poker, particularly if you are from the US.

Poker Games Available

Poker Stars has an enormous range of games to choose from including Texas Holdem (fixed, pot and no limit), Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, Razz and number of games you are unlikely to find elsewhere such as 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, Horse and Hose. The variety of limits is the largest you will find anywhere with Texas Holdem fixed limit blinds ranging from a micro $0.02/0.04 to a whopping $1000/2000! No limit blinds range from $0.01/0.02 to an incredible $200/$400.

Complementing the vast selection of poker games is single table SNG and multi table tournaments in all standard poker games. Single table Texas Holdem SNG’s start at $1+$0.10 and go all the way up to $1050+$50. There are also a significant number of signature tournaments where players can win mega money and seats in some of the largest live poker tournaments including the European Poker Tour and World Series of Poker.

Software

Poker Stars has some of nicest and most intuitive software that poker rooms offer which it needs, given the level of traffic using the site at any given time. The lobby at Poker Stars is easily filterable and provides users with all the stats required to select a suitable table including the number of players at the table, the number of players waiting, the average pot size, the average percentage of players seeing the flop and the average number of hands which are being played each hour. Once you click on a table name you can see the names of the players at the table, where they are from and how many chips they have.

The table view whilst not as visually appealing as other large poker rooms remains highly functional and attractive with each user having their own avatar. The avatar can be personalised, for example, by uploading an image, and so players are not restricted to using a number of pre-existing ones. You can also switch between a number of themes. Moving the mouse over each player enables you to see where the player is located and by right clicking you can add player notes recording tells and other notable habits.

Limited stats are provided at the table through the stats tab, but further information can be found via the hand histories tab. A useful link, not found at other poker rooms, is a link for all the hand histories played during you current session. Furthermore, if you are a stats junkie, Poker Starts is compatible with the major poker stats software such as Poker Tracker.

For those that like to play at multiple tables you will be pleased to hear that the tables can be resized so you can view more than one at the same time and the software will automatically switch you the table that requires action. That’s of course unless you don’t want to in which case you can deselect it in the options menu.

Bonus

If you decide to join Poker Stars use the bonus code “First2007” to take advantage of the generous new player bonus. You will receive a bonus of 100% of your deposit up to a maximum of $50. In order to have the bonus credited to your account you need to gain 10 times the bonus amount in frequent player points. Frequent player points are earned playing in ring games and tournaments.

Loyalty Programs

Poker Stars, like many other poker rooms operates a loyalty point scheme that is called “Frequent Player Points”. These are earned by playing in cash games and tournaments. You can use frequent player points to enter tournaments, satellites any purchase poker branded apparel and other equipment from the Poker Stars store. You can always check your frequent player point balance easily in the cashier box below your address.

Linked to the frequent player point scheme is Poker Star’s VIP loyalty scheme that has a number of tiers ranging from Bronze to Supernova. The tier you are on depends on how often you play and at what limits. At the top end you will get entry into exclusive VIP member freerolls, signature events and major tournaments such as the European Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.

Poker Stars also offers reload bonuses on a frequent basis which will be advertised by email, on the website and in the Poker Stars Lobby.

Support

Poker Stars has a dedicated support team who you can contact via email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is also a very detailed FAQ section. Surprisingly, and rather disappointingly for a poker room of such size there is neither any telephone or live instant messenger style support

Account Funding Methods

Poker Stars accepts deposits from: VISA, MasterCard, Debit Card, Western Union, Neteller, eCheck, Cashiers’ Cheque, Money Order, epassporte, Diners Club International, Wire Transfer, Online Bank Transfer and paysafecard.

Account Withdrawal Methods

Poker Stars processes withdrawals using: Switch, Maestro, Solo, Visa, Central Coin, Neteller, epassporte and eCheck.

Legalities

Poker Stars a registered legal business located in San Jose.

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