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PokerStars Introduction

This review could be written in a single sentence: PokerStars are simply the biggest and best poker site in the world, head and shoulders above the competition, so if you haven’t got an account with then, go and get one.

Of course, some people need a little more convincing, so read on for everything you need to know about PokerStars, which starts with their very generous welcome bonus of $600! (Note that amounts are quoted in US Dollars as accounts have to be administered in US Dollars, British Pounds, Euros or Canadian Dollars, though we are hopeful they will add Aussie Dollars as an option before too long.)
As you might expect from those at the top of the poker tree, they offer a generous 100% matched deposit bonus to new customers that is worth up to a massive $600. All you have to do is register your account and add the bonus code STARS600 when making your first deposit and PokerStars will match your deposit up to $600. You can get this either in one deposit of $600 or up to three of $200 each and the bonus amount will become available to you in increments as you accrue the necessary number of VIP player points (see the site the for specific calculations).

A nice alternative welcome bonus for those looking to try it out without spending much cash is their $20 bonus available to those whose initial deposit is of that value when entering the bonus code FREE20. On top of that you will also be given 31 days of access to the 100k Privilege Freerolls with four $1,000 freerolls taking place everyday, so loads of chances to win bindles of cash without costing you a cent.

PokerStars Loyalty Program

The PokerStars VIP Club is the biggest and best rewards program in the poker world. You earn points automatically for playing real money games, and the more you play the more you earn. You can use the accrued points to exchange for cash rewards, claim free gifts or enter VIP tournaments, often with very nice guaranteed cash prize pools.

In the VIP store you will find a wide range of items including branded T-shirts, watches, various accessories, oh, and a Porsche Cayman S (for 3,100,000 Frequent Player Points, in case you’re interested!).

Through the program you earn two types of points at the same time: VIP Player Points and Frequent Player Points, with the latter being the ones you can exchange for goodies and the former being what determines the VIP level you are at. The higher the VIP level the more Frequent Player Points you are able to earn, but check the site for the full details (or just play as much as you like, earn the points and exchange them as you choose without worrying about the intricacies of how it all works!).

PokerStars Tournaments

As mentioned, there are literally thousands of tournaments running at PokerStars at a given time covering a wide range of games including favourites Texas Hold’em and Omaha along with Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud (Seven card stud high), Stud Hi-Lo, Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, HORSE, Razz (Seven card stud low), 8-Game Mix, Hold’em/Omaha, and Badugi.

As sponsors of the Australia and New Zealand Poker League there are tournaments running everyday (to be found in the PokerStars lobby, click ‘Tourney’ & ‘Regional’) that allow you to accrues league points (and battle against friends and family) for cash prizes.

As well as the Sunday Million tournament already mentioned (which takes place every Sunday with a buy-in of $215 and a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000), there are loads of big, big tournaments to get involved in with the chance to win life-changing amounts of money. For instance, the Sunday Warm Up has a cool $500,000 up for grabs, the Sunday Storm has a $300,000 prize pool, The Daily Bigs are, as you might expect, daily tournaments with big prize pools ($100,000 to be exact), along with a whole host of others.

With so many tournaments, promotions and features available at PokerStars, we have barely scratched the surface here. But I refer you back to the initial statement: PokerStars are the biggest and best, so check them out now and see what all the fuss is about.