PokerStars Review

PokerStars Overview

PokerStars

$600 BONUS

Pokerstars is the one most popular poker room in the world, and the most valuable brand in the online poker industry. It is run by The Rational Group, a company… more

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Summary

Site Name PokerStars
Website URL www.pokerstars.com
Network: PokerStars
Founded: 2000
Country: Isle of Man
Bonus Info: $600 BONUS
Minimum Deposit: $10
US Players Accepted: No
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Pokerstars is the one most popular poker room in the world, and the most valuable brand in the online poker industry. It is run by The Rational Group, a company with its headquarters in the Isle of Man. Aside Pokerstars, the company owns other brands like Full Tilt Poker and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Pokerstars was founded in 2001 by former IBM senior programmer Isai Scheinberg. The first beta version of the PokerStars software was launched in september 2011, followed by the first round of real money poker dealt three months later. Since then the company became the largest online poker room in the world with its 50 million registered users worldwide.

PokerStars offers free poker games (actually an online poker school) through its website PokerStars.net, and paid poker tables, as well as a great selection of poker tournaments through PokerStars.com. Also, it features numerous satellite tournaments for qualifications to the biggest live poker events in the world, including the World Series of Poker main event.

Availability
Residents of the United States and its territories are not allowed to play real money games at the PokerStars.com online poker room. Also, residents in Italy, Estonia, Belgium, Denmark and Spain are subject to specific regulations. Otherwise, PokerStars is a truly international online poker room, being available in several languages. Rational has offices in 20 countries and offers customer support in 29 languages.

Use of PokerStars is not restricted to desktop PC users, as in case of other poker rooms. PokerStars offers downloadable software for Windows and Mac OS X based PCs, that work well in an emulated Windows environment on Linux as well. Also, PokerStars is available for mobile devices running the iOS and Android mobile operating systems.

Welcome bonus
The range and amount of the welcome bonuses offered by PokerStars.com is by far not the best of the industry.

First of all, new players can choose to receive a $20 free credit with deposits of at least $20 into their PokerStars account. This bonus cannot be cashed out until gathering a number of 50 VIP player points (5.5 VPP for every $1 entry fee paid for tournaments or depending on the amount of rake generated in case of cash games). Bonus code FREE20.

Another welcome bonus offered by PokerStars is a 100% match on the player’s first, second and third deposits within 60 days, up to the total amount of $600. This bonus is cleared at a rate of $10 at a time for every 200 VPPs earned by the player. The VPPs needed for clearing the amount of the bonus have to be earned in the next four months after each qualifying deposit.

Bonus amounts and clearence rates can differ depending on the currency used by the player.

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