Poker Stars- The Best All Round Poker Room On The Planet
Two former World Series of Poker Champions won their seats by playing on-line at PokerStars
The biggest poker site on the web (having recently taken the mantle from Party Poker), and the site that most regular on-line poker players end up calling home. The reason is simple :PokerStars has the best software of any poker room, and this is backed by the best support. PokerStars really do seem to care about their players. Enquiries are dealt with quickly and by people who really do know what they are talking about. Payments are made quickly and without fuss. In addition to this, the best multi-player tournaments on the web are hosted by PokerStars. Two former World Series Of Poker winners - Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer - have made it to the finals via low-money buy-in tournaments on PokerStars. Hundreds of players have won their seats to the World Series Of Pokers by playing qualifiers at PokerStars, and have returned with millions of dollars of prize money between them. There are also tons of single-table tournaments available at all times of the day and night, and at levels to suit all budgets.
The only downside for those who are just starting out playing on-line poker is that PokerStars only offers a modest deposit bonus. This means that if you want to play for real money rather than play money, you risk losing your hard-earned cash without the buffer that a high deposit bonus offers.
UPDATE : PokerStars have increased their deposit bonus to a very respectable $600! You can make three qualifying deposits of up to $200 each time for a period of 90 days, and PokerStars will match your deposit at a rate of 100%. This is brilliant news, and really starts to make PokerStars the complete poker room package. Just be aware that if you are a micro-stakes player (i.e. playing at very low levels) then you do not clear the "Frequent Player Points" needed to claim the bonus. PokerStars also don't give away points quite as generously as some other poker rooms, so the bonus money is a little more difficult to get your hands on. That said, if you play at levels of 0.50 cents or above, you should easily qualify for your free cash. If you play below this level, check out UltimateBet or one of our other reputable poker rooms.
Because so many regular players choose PokerStars as their main site, the standard of play is higher at all levels than it is at other poker rooms.
So if you are looking to build up a bankroll while you are learning the game, you are probably better off at a site that offers a high deposit bonus, such as Ultimate Bet. If you are looking for a site full of weak players and don't much mind what the software is like, then Pacific Poker is a good choice. If you want the best compromise between weak players, a good deposit bonus and decent software, then Party Poker is worth a look. But if what you want is the best overall poker room then look no further than PokerStars. The lobby area makes finding a table that suits you easy, and the software has lots of extra features such as the ability to load any picture you like up to function as your "avatar" (the picture others see when you sit in your seat). There's a frequent player points scheme and regular freerolls and money-added tournaments to help make up for the lack of a deposit bonus. PokerStars has been around since 2000, and no other site has been praised more highly for its level of performance over such a long period of time. It is, quite simply, where all serious players go to play.
UPDATE - UK and European players can now deposit and withdraw funds via debit cards - which means no charges and no waits!
PokerStars Deposit Bonus Offer - BONUS CHECKED & CONFIRMED AVAILABLE AT : June 19, 2013, 3:48 am
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Download the software for free from pokerstars.
Create an account by entering your name and address and choosing a screen name. You can now play on-line for play money. To play for real money, click "Create a real money account" and make a deposit.
ALL UK DEBIT CARDS (Visa, Delta, Switch etc..) Visa, Mastercard, NETeller, FirePay, Citadel, Checks, Bank Drafts, Wire Transfer.
For an explanation of the deposit options click here.
PokerStars Site Info At A Glance
REPUTABLE, ESTABLISHED & TRUSTWORTHY?
The poker room operation is run from Costa Rica, and the accounts are handled by Price Waterhouse Cooper. PokerStars has been around since 2000, and has now grown to become the largest poker room on the web. Most of this growth has been led by their reputation for quality and fairness. Cash handled over a secure server, 24/7 Worldwide Customer support - which is the best in the business.
Texas Hold Em, Omaha Hi, Omaha Hi Low, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Stud.
Yes – the best site in the world for tournament poker, and the place where two former World Series Of Poker winners won their seats. Sit And Go, Freeroll, Multi-table and Value-added tournaments.
ANY CHANCE OF MORE FREE MONEY?
YES – regular re-deposit bonuses are offered, though there are other poker rooms who offer more generous sign-up and re-load bonuses. Until fairly recently, PokerStars didn't offer any kind of sign-up bonus at all, so it does seem as though they are at least heading in the right direction.