Poker Stars

Date reviewed: Friday 23rd of November 2012

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Poker Stars review

Poker Stars arrived on the scene in late 2001 and has grown into the most popular poker platform on the planet. Its phenomenal rise in popularity can be partly attributed to the team of poker pro’s that endorse the Poker Stars brand, such as WSOP champions Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker to name a few. Due to its massive popularity, Poker Stars offers one of the widest ranges of poker variations, making it a popular destination for those that enjoy the more unusual types of game. The high quality, glitch free poker software makes playing poker here a pleasure. There are enough features in the Poker Stars software to make games exciting, but not too many to make it confusing.

Poker Stars is licensed through the Kahnawake gaming commission, ensuring tight regulation and control of all poker games played. Kahnawake is recognised as one of the most stringent commissions in the gaming business, which is good to know.

Poker Stars lobby and table format

Gameplay - 9/10

The games offered at Poker Stars are vast and include Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold'em as well as both Hi and Hi-Lo versions of Omaha and Seven-Card Stud. They also have No-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo games, H.O.R.S.E., H.O.S.E., 2-7 Triple Draw, Five-Card Draw and Razz. Poker Stars were the first to offer the micro-limit tables with games for as little as 1¢ or 2¢ in Hold'em and Omaha Hi Lo, with no rake! Overall, the games at Poker Stars vary between No-Limit, Pot-Limit and Fixed-Limit. Full-table games, short-handed and heads-up tables are all available. Due to the amount of players from all over the planet that play at Poker Stars, action can be found at pretty much at any hour of the day.

Poker Stars offers plenty of tournaments and freerolls that attract hundreds of thousands of players daily. These tournaments sometimes feature some of todays poker stars such as Canadian prodigy Daniel Negreanu and American poker legend Barry Goldstein.

Promos - 7.5/10

Players registering a new account at Poker Stars can enjoy a 100% matched bonus up to £400. There are also weekly entries to freerolls, that have very decent sized winning prizes.

As you play at Poker Stars you will automatically pick up Frequent Player Points (FPP). These points can be collected and used to buy Poker Stars merchandise or to enter tournaments. The great thing about these FPP’s is they will keep racking up without you having to think about them.

Transactions - 8.5/10

There are a wide range of depositing options for UK players, including VISA Delta, Electron, MasterCard, NETeller, FirePay, Citadel, CentralCoin, Diners Club International, ePassporte, Solo/Maestro/Switch, cashier's cheque, money order, bank draft (minimum deposit of $100). Withdrawal options are slightly more limited with the following available: Solo/Maestro Debit Card, Visa, NETeller, FirePay, ePassporte, MoneyBookers and cheque.

Poker Stars prides itself on the highest level of security, using 1024-bit RSA key and a Thawte server certificate to protect their web server and downloads. They are independently audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers to ensure their random number generators meet the strictest standards.

Customer Service - 7/10

Poker Stars offers round the clock support, however this is only via email. This can be quite frustrating, especially if you have had a problem making a deposit or you have had issues installing the software. Poker Stars claim they have no reason to offer phone support as they can solve 99.9% of enquiries through email. However experience tells me that this isn’t always possible. There is also an in-depth F.A.Q. section, should you need it.

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