PokerStars is an instantly recognisable name to anyone with more than a passing interest in the game. It’s the largest online poker site of them all in terms of player numbers and has produced, via its satellite tournaments, five of the World Series of Poker champions to date.
This site is great for experienced players and newbies alike as every variety of game can be found here in fixed, pot or no limit formats & any buy-in level.
The Israeli owners of Pokerstars have played a canny game regarding locating their company. It started life in 2001 licensed in Costa Rica but subsequently moved to The Isle of Man. The lure of zero tax on winnings and the removal on the Island of restrictions stopping US citizens from playing. The site consequently overtook Party Poker in size to become the world’s largest online poker room in 2006 when the US stopped issuing licences in the wake of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act passed that year.
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New Player Welcome Offer
New players receive a 100% welcome bonus worth up to £400.
If you are new to PokerStars Casino, just make a real money deposit of $10 or more, enter bonus code ‘STARS400’ and they will instantly double your deposit up to £400.
18+ New players only. Wagering requirements apply. See website for full T&C’s.
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There are ten varieties of games to choose from including Texas or Omaha Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Stud, Stud Hi/Lo, Razz, Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, HORSE, Five Card Draw and Badugi.
The play rooms here are every bit as extensive, and the presentation sets the standard across the whole industry with a friendly, yet business-like approach. Pokerstars can handle up to 24 games at a time and still manages to run smoothly no matter how many tables a user is playing at once.
Deposit and Withdrawal Methods
You can make a deposit at PokerStars using Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Entropay, Neteller, Skrill, Ukash and Paysafecard.
The wagering requirements on PokerStars can differ depending on the types of game you play. The standard on their site is x18 wagering requirement (some games such as slots and casino games contribute more than others). We recommend you double check their website for further details as these requirements may have changed since the time of writing this review.
Please note: Any winning accrued from bonus money will remain as non-withdrawable as it is still classed as bonus money until the player has met the wagering requirement. Also, if you don’t use the bonus funds within 28 days, then it will expire.
PokerStars claims to process withdrawals within 5 working days of receiving your request, and this means they should reach your bank promptly. However, members making withdrawals may need to provide additional information such as a copy of their driving license, passport or recent utility bill before their withdrawal can be processed. While they claim, withdrawals will be processed within 5 working days be advised they can take a few days to clear dependent on the method used, see below for withdrawal times.
- Credit / Debit Cards = 1-5 days, min withdrawal £10 and max withdrawal £10,000
- PayPal = 1-5 days, min withdrawal £10 and max withdrawal £5,500
- Paysafecard = 1-5 days, min withdrawal £10 and max withdrawal £10,000
- Skrill = 1-2 days, min withdrawal £30 and max withdrawal £5,000
- Neteller = 3 days, min withdrawal £30 and max withdrawal £5,000
- EntroPay = 3-5 days, min withdrawal £30 and max withdrawal £5,000
- Ukash = 1-2 days, min withdrawal £30 and max withdrawal £5,000
Subsequent deposits will gain you entry into as many as four freeroll tournaments every day for 31 days. Each with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000 making a total in excess of $100,000 available every month for players that re-deposit. There’s also a regular weekly Sunday Million tournament with $1,000,000 to be given out in prize money.
This site’s loyalty scheme uses two types of points. Frequent Player Points earn you cash bonuses, shopping credits in the Pokerstars shop, tournament entries and more, while the VIP Player Points earn you cash rewards only.
Unusually, this site offers a women’s only section that shows considerable foresight, along with various other leaderboard challenges and tournaments.
Customer Support and Help
The Pokerstars.uk Customer service team are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can get hold of them by submitting an online support form, speaking to them via live chat, giving them a call or sent them an email.
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