Pokerstars: The benchmark in Online Poker
|Country||Isle of Man|
|Software Size||7.5 MB|
PokerStars is without debate the largest poker site in the world attracting huge masses of traffic from across the world. This can be attributed to many factors; for starters its huge variance of games, its solid poker software, and the great promotions giving away millions in cash prizes etc.
PokerStars offers almost all varieties of poker starting from Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Seven-Card Stud in all versions, H.O.R.S.E., H.O.S.E., 2-7 Triple Draw to Five-Card Draw, Razz, 2-7 Single Draw Lowball, Badugi, 8-Game, Mixed Hold’em and Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo. When it comes to tournaments, there are great daily and weekly tourneys and ample sit n go’s with double or nothing’s, bounty’s and satellites bringing in the spice.
With a solid software with lots of customization at offer, the traffic at PokerStars is at peak on all hours. It currently also acquired the troubled Full Tilt poker and re-launched it. The home games at PokerStars where players can create their own clubs and play amongst friends is a unique feature. Real-money player statistics as of December 2012 show 22500 ring-game players at peak hours and 155000 tournament players at peak hours.
Software and Security
The PokerStars software is its own and is the downloadable version and is solid and safe to state the obvious. The graphics are great and high on aesthetics with an awesome real poker feel and the software has many customizations too. The software is compatible with Mac as well and PokerStars recently also launched for iPhone, iPad and android platforms. Some of the key playing features of the PokerStars software include multi tabling, resizing tables, personalized avatars and auto rebuys on the tables. The latest addition to PokerStars pack is Zoom Poker where a player doesn’t have to wait after folding and is dealt a hand immediately. But, great software doesn’t leave any scope for errors or insecurity. PokerStars has ensured that no player below 18 years is allowed and only fair gaming techniques are used. Quality and authentication certificates ensure that a player’s personal data is stored. In addition PokerStars also plays its part by offering players restrictive gaming through their pack of responsible gambling.
While PokerStars does offer the standard 100%sign up bonus, it isn’t very good with giving away easy money to its players with reload bonuses are also lower than average. While tournaments and freerolls guarantee a lot of cash prizes but bonuses is never their high point. But depositor’s free rolls refer friend free rolls, guaranteed cash tournaments almost make up for the few lows. The very popular Sunday Millions is sought after and the maximum numbers of satellites for physical tournaments are also held here. The VIP program is twofold with players earning VPP’s and FPP’s. VPP’s determine your loyalty level while FPP’s are what finally fetch you prizes and cash redemptions. The famed Supernova status of PokerStars is something even the best of online poker players aspire to achieve.
Deposit and Withdrawal techniques
Deposit Options: VISA (Delta, Electron, Gift and Prepaid), MasterCard (Gift and Prepaid), Neteller, Diners Club International, ClickandBuy, Skrill (formerly Moneybookers), Solo/Maestro/Switch, cashier’s check/money order/bank draft (minimum deposit of $100), local bank transfer, ukash, ELV, online bank transfer, Paysafe card, WebMoney.
Withdrawal Options:Visa, Neteller, Skrill (formerly Moneybookers), ClickandBuy, WebMoney, check, couriered check, direct bank transfer.
While the customer support at PokerStars is limited but it is very effective and prompt. Players have only a choice to email but the site promises to reply through email or telephone within 4 hours.