PokerStars is the largest online poker room in the world with its over 50 million players and over 2.2 million poker hands played every hour. It is available for desktop PC and Mac computers, as well as for the Android mobile platform, being thus available for millions of smartphone and tablet PC users all around the world.
PokerStars launched the first beta version of its money-only online poker site in September 11, 2001, the site going final and public in December.
Originally a Costa Rican company, PokerStars operator Regional moved its headquarters later to the Isle of Man.
PokerStars holds several records, including the one of the largest online poker tournament in history – almost 150.000 players participated at the first $1 entry fee tournament in 2009, but this record was later broken by the event in 2001, when the large number of participants led to the crash of their servers for 20 minutes.
PokerStars offers the largest selection of online poker variants, including the classics, Texas hold ‘em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo (8 or Better), Stud, Stud Hi/Lo (8 or Better), Razz, Five-card draw, 2-7 Triple Draw & 2-7 Single Draw, but also offers games like HORSE, Badugi, TripleStud and several types of mixed poker games.
PokerStars organizes a variety of online tournaments, including a weekly event called “Sunday Million” with a guaranteed $1 million prize pool and a $215 entry fee. PokerStars also organizes the World Championship of Online Poker, the online equivalent of WSOP, Spring Championship of Online Poker with different buy-in stakes and Micro Millions, an event dedicated to recreational and micro-stakes players.
PokerStars is available in several languages, including English, French, German and a selection of other European languages, but also in Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean.
PokerStars offers 100% First Deposit Bonus, amounting up to $600 with the bonus code STARS600 – this bonus need three qualifying deposits in 60 days. Alternatively, players can claim $20 in free play at depositing with the bonus code FREE20 and benefit of a ticket for 100K Privilege Freerolls. This bonus is also available in EUR (500), CAD (600) and GBP (400).
Funds can be deposited and withdrawn through a great selection of payment providers, including VISA and MasterCard products, bank transfer, wire transfer and such. Not all options are available in every country, so be sure to check the “Real Money” section of PokerStars before making a hasty decision.
PokerStars offers a 24/7 customer service. Most issues are covered in the extensive “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the site, for other issues you can send an email or use the support form provided via the PokerStars application. For help about deposits you can contact Deposit Assistance Department (DAD) via live chat.