It's the home of the last three World Series of Poker Champions, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem; it's managed by acclaimed poker author Lee Jones, and, pardon the pun, it's the star of the poker industry due to their excellent VIP Program, as well as the fantastic customer support they offer, the best e-mail support in the business.
There's always lots of tables at any limit you want, whether you want to play $100/$200 6-max Hold'Em, or $0.02/$0.04 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo. They have some of the biggest, most unique and best tournaments on the net, with fast, slick customizable software, it's safe to say Pokerstars are, if not the best, one of the best poker rooms on the internet.
PokerStars Software: The software is very easy to use, and is fast, with all table lobbys refreshing almost in real time. The graphics are slick, the cards are crisp and easy to see, and the software is highly customizable, ranging from using a four colour deck to turning on or off those annoying "Rounders" or "Tupac" avatars that you often see at the tables. Want to know how many times you've seen the flop? Or the amount of pots won at showdown? Pokerstars tracks all this for you, and also offers the ability to write player notes. The software also allows you to set up your own private tournaments. The software also allows you to trade real or tournament dollars, and has many more features that are a click away.
PokerStars Traffic: GMT Peak Time: 50,000 players. EST Peak Time: 80,000 players. Whatever the game, whatever the limit, you'll always be able to find it at Stars, which is also one of the best sites for play money players, with a lot more people taking it seriously.
PokerStars Game Variety: Pokerstars offers Limit, No Limit and Pot Limit Texas Hold'Em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo, as well as Limit Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo. They also offer a range of tournaments, some single table, some multi-table, with turbos offered too, and a large range of buyins, from $1 tournaments to $1000, and the microlimit offerings of games is something not found at the majority of other poker sites.
PokerStars Fish Factor: Pokerstars is sometimes known as a "rock garden", that attracts a lot of tight-aggressive players. Limit Hold'Em at Stars is particularly tightish. However, the games are still beatable, and the tournaments can be quite soft, as can many of the lower limit games. Stud & Omaha are also nice and fishy.
PokerStars Bonuses: Pokerstars do not offer a signup bonus, and with the launch of their VIP Club, haven't offered a reload bonus recently, so it is unknown whether they will continue to offer bonuses.
PokerStars Freerolls: Pokerstars offer freerolls each day, some for $20, others for $100, some as satellites into other tournaments.
PokerStars VIP Club / Loyalty Rewards: Pokerstars launched their VIP Program in January 2006, and have immediately shown why they are one of the leaders in this industry, with an incredibly thought-out, revolutionary VIP Program that treats players with respect, and offers some incredible options. Now, you earn VPP's, which are VIP Player Points. These are earned the same way as the old FPPs. Everyone starts off as a BronzeStar member, and have access to the regular FPP shop. However if you earn 1500 of these in one month, you are moved to Silverstar for that month, and the next month. Earn 4000, and you are Goldstar. Earn 10,000 in one month, and become PlatinumStar. The creme de la crop is when you accumulate 100,000 VIP Player Points over one calendar year, where you become Supernova, and will remain that way for the rest of the year. With each level, you gain access to new items in the shops, and other benefits.
SilverStar: 50% FPP Bonus. For every 1 FPP earned, you gain .5 extra. Access to Silverstar VIP store, where you can purchase Ipod Nano, Ticket to 500k tournament, Black wool letterman's jacket, 11.5 gram composite poker chip set, 2 deck card set, and ability to name a star. Weekly Silverstar $2500 freerolls. Access to satellites for the $100,000 freeroll reserved for GoldStar+ members.
GoldStar: 100% FPP bonus. For every 1 FPP earned, you get an extra FPP. Monthly $100,000 freeroll entry. Ability to purchase GoldStar only merchandise, including LCD TVs & Monitors, a poker table, a delux 500 chip set, a $500 Travel gift certificate, or the opportunity to have a single table tournament with one of Pokerstars major players, be it Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker or Tom McEvoy.
PlatinumStar: 150% FPP bonus. For every 1 FPP earned, you gain an extra 1.5. Monthly $100,000 Freeroll Tournament. Exclusive PlatinumStar store, where you can buy entries to major events including the European Tour, the World Series of Poker and the World Championship of Online Poker. Also can buy a 50" Plasma TV, gift certificates and more.
SuperNovaStar: 250% FPP Bonus, so for every FPP earned, you get 2.5 extra FPPs. Weekly Supernova Freerolls, $10,000 up to $26,000. Monthly VIP Tournaments. Access to exclusive Supernova store, where you can buy a WSOP Main Event Ticket, entry in the Pokerstars Carribean Adventure, or even a Porsche Cayman S!
This is an incredibly well thought out system, and is easily the best VIP Program on the internet today.
PokerStars Support: Pokerstars support is only reachable via e-mail, however their support team are without a shadow of a doubt the best on the internet. These are people who will read your e-mails and react accordingly, and if they don't know the answer, will find someone who will. These are people who are on the ball, ready to assist at any time over all kinds of issues. At final table in a tournament and want to work out a deal? Just send an e-mail to Pokerstars support, and within 1 minute they'll be at your table ready to assist in any deal making. Despite the lack of telephone support, their fantastic reputation and the excellent experiences everyone has with them gives them full points in this department.
PokerStars Deposit/Withdrawal Options: Neteller, Firepay, Central Coin, Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Solo, Maestro, Switch, Cashiers Cheque / Check, Money Order, Bank Draft. Neteller withdrawals are processed into your account IMMEDIATELY up to the deposit amount, and the rest is transferred within 24 hours.