Poker Stars review
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|Overview of Poker Stars|
|Texas Holdem||Yes||Minimum Deposit||$25|
|Omaha||Yes||Ring Games Stakes||$.02-$.04 to $100-$200(only Texas Holdem)|
|7-Card Stud||Yes||Tournaments Offerd||Texas Holdem FL/PL/NL, Omaha Limit Hi-Lo, Omaha PL, Stud Limit, Stud Limit Hi-Lo|
|Razz||No||Tournaments Buy Ins||$1-$100|
Software – graphics and functionality
Poker Stars’ software is without doubt one of the best in the game. It’s elegant and attractive and has great functionality. The room regularly hosts tournaments with over 1,500 participating player without any problems. Many useful statistics, such as view flop percentages, are presented in the lobby. One popular feature is the possibility to upload personal images at the tables.
Ring game and tournament traffic
This is the second biggest room when it comes to both ring game traffic and tournament traffic. During peak hours the number of real money, ring game players is around 5,500. The tournaments draws considerably larger crowds – well over 20,000 real money players visit Poker Stars during peak hours.
Game variety and competition
There is a good variety of games at Poker Stars and all the major playing forms are well visited. This room is world leading when it comes to heads-up poker and started the trend with micro-limit games (the stakes in these games are as low as $0.01-$0.02). The ring game competition is very tough with a low average percentage of players seeing the flop. You will be able to find weaker opponents in the tournaments, especially in the ones with low stakes.
Rakes and tournament fees
Poker Stars takes no rake on the micro-limit tables and has a few good offers on the high stake tables. Otherwise their rake is at the average of the industry.
Loyalty bonus and promotions
Players get one Frequent Player Point (FPP) for each raked hand and five points for each $1 paid in tournament entry fees. These points can, for example, be used to enter special weekly and monthly tournaments. Poker Stars also offer frequent re-deposit bonuses and promotions like special event tournaments and lots of low value free rolls.
Support and financial security
There is no live or telephone support, but the email service is very quick and informative. No financial security problems have been reported.