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Pokerstars Review

Pokerstars Poker Room Review

Summary

Player Traffic9/10
Player Quality8.5/10
Software 8.5 /10
Bonuses and Promotions9/10
Customer Support8/10


Overall Rating: 86%



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PokerStars History

PokerStars is one of the most well-known poker rooms today and it dominates the market as the number one top poker site worldwide. After their 2012 purchase of the Full Tilt network, this company will likely have no trouble maintaining its top position. Even though they no longer accept US players, they still remain a household name in online poker. Their professional players also add to their popularity and entice new players to the game, while encouraging current players to try their luck playing against the pros.

PokerStars Player Traffic 9/10

PokerStars may have been forced out of the US, but that has not greatly diminished their traffic levels. Even without the States, PokerStars still remains the biggest poker site online. While the peak playing times definitely reflect the mostly European player base, the sheer size of this site guarantees that no matter what time you get online, there will be a table for you to play at. The softest play will of course be during the most popular time slots when it is easy to find over 150,000 players online. However, these weaker tables can be somewhat harder to find at times of lower traffic.

PokerStars Quality of Players 8.5/10

PokerStars is known for their sponsored professionals, and one of the biggest selling points of their tournaments is the chance to play against the pros. This draws in some of the most aggressive and experienced players around, so the top games at PokerStars are not the ideal opportunities if you're looking for fish to pick off. Serious grinders can be found on tables with stakes as low as $.5/$1, although tournament play does tend to be softer than the ring games. However, high level tournaments draw in the professionals and players of the highest caliber, even in the satellite games.

PokerStars Games Offered

 
Limit
Pot Limit
No Limit
Scheduled
Tournaments
Sit'n'go
Tournaments
Texas Hold'em
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Omaha
Yes
Yes
Yes 
Draw
Yes
 
Stud
Yes
 
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
Yes
 
 
Razz
Yes
 
 
Budagi
Yes
 
 
HORSE
Yes
 
Yes 
Mixed Games
Yes
 
Yes
Yes 

PokerStars Software 8.5/10

With its iconic and easy to use software, this is another area in which PokerStars excels. Your table can be easily personalized using themes, and players can upload a tiny avatar photo which is quick and easy to change. There are also a number of different tools to make playing convenient and easy. There is an excellent search and filtering system, with new features added in regularly. The software is further enhanced by the safety and security offered by PokerStars. With independent verifications, frequent security updates, and a dedication to fair play, PokerStars' staff makes this a very pleasant place to play poker.

PokerStars Bonuses and Promotions 9/10

PokerStars has a huge selection of promotions. Their VIP points system is generous, although it can take time for new or inexperienced players to earn the points required to climb the ranks up to the best reward levels. The highest VIP levels are very coveted and are typically held only by players who spend a significant amount of time (and money) on the site. PokerStars points can also be cashed in for all the typical rewards: cash, tournament entries, gifts, and merchandise. There are also plenty of freerolls and many chances to win seats to big live events through cheap satellites.

PokerStars Customer Support 8/10

PokerStars support can be accessed directly through their software, although most of your contact is going to be email based. This limited range of options for support has is one of the biggest complaints about Poker Stars, though the quality of their support more than makes up for the email-only limit. Their support staff is available 24/7 and has access to extensive records to help them resolve any issues you may run into. PokerStars does boast a very quick response time to emails, and their customer service staff is top notch and knowledgeable.

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