Today I will write an review of PokerStars, a large pokersite you probably have heard of before. I have played at Pokerstars at a few occasions and really like the site, but what is Pokerstars? I will try to tell you about it in this blog post.
If Unibet is one of Europes most well known bookmakers, PokerStars is one of the worlds most famous poker rooms. It was launched in the end of 2001 and has a motley history involving both great success and scandals. Their big break came in 2003 when one of their online players, Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event after he had qulified to the tournament via PokerStars. World Series Of Poker Main Event is the most prestigious live poker torunament in the world and Moneymakers win started a big poker boom, suddenly many people wanted to try their luck in online poker.
PokerStars has also been involved in a big scandal called black friday. The poker site was shut down due to expressed allegations about illegal gambling, money laundring and fraud. This happend in 2011 and mainly affected the american players since PokerStars opened another site for players outside US with an EU license. Since then the situation has been solved but the online poker hasn’t yet came back in full to USA which have decreased the poker traffic significantly.
Today PokerStars has most player traffic of all poker rooms with an average of over 10 000 players online during a day.
They offer a wide range of poker games like variations of 5 card poker, Razz, Badugi, HORSE, 8-game and so on. They also offer different format like fast fold poker in both texas holdem and omaha. At PokerStars you can play both cash games, tournaments and sit n go. You can also qualify to their own live poker tours like EPT (European Poker Tour), PCA (PokerStars Caribbean Adventure) and UKIPT (UK and Ireland Poker Tour).
They also organizes big online tournaments like WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker), SCOOP (Spring Championship Of Online Poker) that are helt each year. On weekly basis they provides the big sunday tournament ”Sunday Million” which have one million in guaranteed prizes.
If you’re a beginner at poker, there is a really good guide to read. The guide is for everybody and most suitable for the completely new, and those who just want to refresh their memory a little. In the guide, you learn about the value of the cards, the hand ranking and the basics in Holdem. You can also get a free course in poker, much like a poker school with a personal teacher and different things to practise at. This, I think, is a great opportunity for those who want to learn with support and exercises.
PokerStars is the sponsor to several poker pros like Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier to mention some of them. Many professionals choose to play at PokerStars and high stakes poker is common at the poker site.
Another interesting part of PokerStars is their investment in female poker players. They have a tournament just for women every Sunday with $5,000 guaranteed price. I think it’s good that they give women a way into the poker leagues, but I still feel like it should not be divided like this. Poker is a game of the mind and the cards, and gender should not really matter. But still, very nice of PokerStars to highlight and give room to the female players. They are needed.
I think PokerStars is a great poker room for those who looks for poker action at all hours and for them who looks for other poker versions than texas holdem nl. Its easy to navigate and you’ll definitely find a game and level that suits you.