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PokerStars


PokerStars has earned its way to the number one position as the largest online poker room in the world in regards to consistently active player traffic, averaging a massive 165,500 players online at peak hours. How does an online poker room achieve such phenomenal numbers? By offering the most lucrative tournament schedule in the industry, an enormous game variety, elite, privately developed software and plenty of promotions to keep players coming back.

While PokerStars presents the highest weekly payouts in guaranteed tournaments, it is the valuable, perpetual Freeroll tournaments that attract the attention of many players. $250 Freerolls occur three times each day, requiring only 10 points to enter. Freerolls that require nothing to enter generally award points or entry to bigger tournaments, but are a great way to rack up free points to enter the paying tournaments. More valuable Freerolls are held worth $1,000 and $10,000, but require a hefty number of points or exclusive invites.

SOFTWARE

PokerStars is powered by its own privately developed software platform, noted for its superior quality in just about every aspect. The poker client is loaded with user-friendly features, statistics and customizable options. PokerStars presents an eye-catching graphic interface that is also extremely customizable, including the option to upload your own player image or use at the tables. Player images can be toggled off for those who prefer a cleaner, less jumbled view.

Statistically, PokerStars is unmatched, offering every tid-bit of data that a skilled player might find useful, from Lobby stats to in-game, play-by-play updates. The pot size is recalculated after each player’s action, and players are able to instantly recall up to the last 200 hands with a full statistical layout for in-depth probing of previous game play. Stats are separated by individual game types. PokerStars has set the standard for poker software development and, as such, is compatible with just about every poker odds calculator on the market.

POKER STARS BONUS

Signing up a new real-money account with PokerStars grants the player a 100% first time deposit bonus valued at up to $50. New players must use the Bonus Code “First2008” to receive the bonus. In addition, using the Bonus Code “BLUE50” (in combination with “First2008”) rewards the player with entry to exclusive Freerolls and VIP tournaments, as well as subsequent reload bonuses. Essentially, the new player is ‘tagged’ for upcoming promotions that might normally be exclusive to VIP members of PokerStars. Players should use the Pokerstars Marketing Code when signing up to ensure they receive the correct bonus.

POKER STARS GAMES

PokerStars didn’t become the world’s largest online poker room by limiting its members to the standard game variety of Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo. They also present other variants and mixed games like Razz, 5 Card Draw, H.O.R.S.E. and 2-to-7 Triple Draw. The games vary between all limits – FL, NL and PL – with heads-up, short-handed and full table action available in all. Stakes start at micro-limits of $.01/$.02 in Hold’em and Omaha. At these limits, there is no rake taken. PokerStars sets themselves apart from most online poker rooms by providing tournaments in all game varieties, not just the standard games.

PLAYER TRAFFIC / SOFT COMPETITION

As I may have mentioned once or twice already, PokerStars has the absolute largest active player base in the online poker industry; not just by a few thousand, but double the second place leader. Peak hour traffic averages 22,500 in cash games and a whopping 155,000 in tournaments. This translates to very loose competition in low limit games and low buy-in tournaments and Freerolls, but extremely tight opposition in the highest stakes cash games and tournaments.

TOURNAMENTS AT POKERSTARS
PokerStars has the most lucrative tournament schedule in the online poker industry, paying out millions every single week; $1.5 million minimum on Sundays alone. The Sunday Warm-up is worth $500k GP, leading up to the Sunday Million, worth at least $1,000,000 GP. In recent months, due to the excessive player traffic and popularity of the Sunday Million, the guaranteed prize pool has exceeded its expected value, climbing as high as $2.4 million.

Freeroll tournaments are especially lucrative when you consider there is absolutely no cost to the player, and the regular $250 Freerolls often reveal very loose competition. These occur 3 times daily with a buy-in of only 10 Frequent Player Points (FPP). Need FPPs to enter the $250 Freeroll? Not a problem – there are tons of Freerolls that have no entry fees whatsoever, but award FPP to those who finish in the prize bubble. PokerStars even hosts Freeroll competitions that award seats in qualifiers and/or satellites to major events, like the WSOP, WPT, EPT, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, Aussie Millions and more. Direct buy-in for these qualifiers and satellite tournaments start as low as $2.

2008 WSOP – With the 2008 World Series of Poker just around the corner, I have to mention the current PokerStars promotion that is aiming to send more poker players to the WSOP than any other online poker room. Qualifiers and Satellites are running round the clock to award a multitude of prize packages that include the $10k buy-in into the WSOP Main Event, travel costs, accommodations and spending cash. Members of PokerStars who win a WSOP Main Event prize package receive even more perks for agreeing to wear PokerStars logos throughout the event, and more again for appearing on a televised table or winning the Main Event altogether. PokerStars has already awarded over 1,000 WSOP Main Event Prize Packages to its members, so don’t miss out on the chance to join the list.

DEPOSITS / WITHDRAWALS

PokerStars welcomes players from many countries. As such, you’ll find plenty of viable deposit and withdrawal methods to suit your needs, no matter your geographical location.

Deposits: Visa, MasterCard, Visa Delta, Visa Electron, Visa/MasterCard Gift/Pre-Paid Card, Diners Club International, Solo, Maestro, ClickandBuy, NETeller, Moneybookers, PaySafeCard, EC ELV, WebMoney, Local Bank Transfer, Online Bank Transfer, Instant Checks, Bank Draft, Money Order and Cashier’s Check.

Withdrawals: Visa, Solo, Maestro, ClickandBuy, NETeller, Moneybookers and WebMoney.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Customer support is only offered via email at this time; however, the knowledgeable staff is friendly, reliable and lightning fast to respond to all customer inquiries.


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