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Spinball Win Up To $10K In Tournament

The Spinball promotion from PokerStars gives customers the chance to win up to $10,000 a day when they take part in the Spin & Go tournament, which combines poker and a pinball puzzle.

  • A new pinball puzzle is available every day in the Challenges Window.
  • Customers must opt-in once per day to the challenge. Once the Challenges Window is open, the customer will see a range of Spin & Go challenges. Customers must complete a challenge to collect a pinball puzzle piece.
  • Each puzzle has 11 pieces. If a customer collects five pieces they can receive a free random cash reward up to $5000.
  • If a customer collects all 11 puzzle pieces in a day before 23:59 ET they will receive another random cash reward up to $5000.
  • Any Spin & Go tournaments played prior to opting in will not count towards a customer’s progress.
  • Random cash rewards won will be displayed in a customer’s Challenges Window.
  • Cash rewards will be credited instantly and with no restrictions or earning requirements.
  • Spinball puzzles can only be completed by playing real money Spin & Go tournaments.
Win Up To $10K

Sunday Million Tournment $1M Prize Pool

The Sunday Million from PokerStars is the world’s biggest poker tournament with a $1,000,000 prize pool guaranteed. First prize is regularly in excess of $150,000. The tournament is a No Limit Hold’em tournament.

  • Customers can win their seat to the tournament with hundreds of satellites held throughout the week.
  • Satellites start from as little as $0.55 or just a few StarsCoin.
  • Alternatively customers can buy in for $250 every Sunday.
  • To buy-in directly, customers must open the software and search for ‘Sunday Million’ in the ‘Tournaments’ tab (desktop), or via the ‘Tourney’ tab accessed from the Lobby (mobile). Customers can also select ‘Satellite’ in the tournament ‘Type’ filter, or find on desktop via the ‘Online Events’ tab.
  • Video highlights from the Sunday Million tournament are shown on PokerStars.tv
  • The Sunday Million tournament is open to all poker players.
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VIP Super Saturday - Win Share Of $155K

PokerStars VIP Super Saturday tournaments are exclusive to VIP players of different levels, and give customers a chance to win a share of $155,000 in prizes.

  • VIP Super Saturdays take place on the last weekend of every month across four tournaments.
  • VIP Super Saturday also features added-value VIP Bash Tournaments which customers can buy into using StarsCoin.
  • The timetable for Super Saturday tournaments are as follows:
Time/TournamentPrize Pool
12:00 ET BronzeStar VIP Tournament7 StarsCoin buy-in, $5,000 prize pool
12:30 ET ChromeStar Freeroll$20,000 prize pool
13:00 ET VIP Bash TournamentVariable StarsCoin buy-in, always has added value
13:30 ET SilverStar Freeroll$30,000 prize pool
14:00 ET GoldStar Freeroll$100,000 prize pool
  • Customers can find out which tournament to play in by checking their VIP status in the PokerStars software.
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Players’ Choice Satellites - Win Tickets

PokerStars are currently running qualifiers every week where customers can win €1,100 tickets to use to play in PokerStars Festival Main Events. The main events take place at a number of locations worldwide including Rozvadov, Chile, Marbella, Korea, Manila and Uruguay.

  • There are currently three Players’ Choice Satellites every week.
  • Each satellite awards a €1,100 Players’ Choice ticket.
  • €1,100 Players’ Choice tickets can be used to play in the PokerStars Festival Main Events.
  • In addition, €1,100 Players’ Choice tickets can be used to play in any €1,100 buy-in Events on the PokerStars Championship schedule, which take place at locations worldwide.
  • Customers can buy into Players’ Choice satellites directly from €82, or play their way into each tournament from a little as €1.65 through round-the-clock qualifiers.
  • If a customer wins a Players’ Choice ticket they will receive instructions on how to register for their live event.
  • Tickets are non-transferrable and customers cannot sell them if they win one.
  • Players’ Choice tickets do not expire and can be used at any time.
  • Customers can use their tickets to buy in to events valued in a currency other than Euros.

Example:

A customer buys into a Players’ Choice Satellite for €82. They then go onto to win a €1,100 Players’ Choice ticket. After winning they are given instructions on how to register for their live event, and choose the event they wish to attend.

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Win Package With Monte Carlo Spin & Go

PokerStars customers can turn €10 into a PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event package with this promotion. The package includes a seat in the Main Event with the PokerStars limited edition Spin & Go tournaments.

Customers can play a €10 Spin & Go and if their prize spinner hits the top tier they’ll be playing for the following:

  • A seat in the €5,300 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event (April 29-May 5, 2017)
  • Eight nights’ accommodation for customer and a guest at Le Méridien Beach Plaza, checking in on April 28 and checking out on May 6
  • €728 for travel expenses, credited to customer’s account within 72 hours.
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VIP Club - Earn Rewards From Poker

The PokerStars VIP Club rewards all customers when they play poker. Customers must complete Steps by playing real money games and then earn StarCoins, which can be spent in the VIP Store. The more customers play, the more they earn.

  • Customers earn VIP Player Points (VPPs) when the play for real money, which contribute to their progress in completing Steps. Every time a customer completes a Step, they’ll receive an amount of StarsCoin, as a rebate of their contribution to rake or tournament fees.
  • VPPs are earned by laying real money poker hands where the customer contributes to the rake collected from the pot, as follows: 5.5 VPPs for each $1.00 USD, 4.25 VPPs for every $1.00 CAD, 6.1 VPPs for each €1.00 EUR, or 7.25 VPPs for each £1.00 GBP in fee paid.
  • The VIP Club has six VIP statuses: BronzeStar, ChromeStar, SilverStar, GoldStar, PlatinumStar and Supernova.
  • Statuses are earned through completing monthly Steps. Each status has its own set of rewards and benefits.
  • VIP status rewards include cash rebates, store merchandise, tournament tickets, Spin & Go tickets, Sit & Go tickets and weekly VIP tournaments.
  • All customers start at Bronze Star status.
  • The following table shows the monthly requirements for reaching and maintaining each VIP status.
VIP StatusTotal StepsSteps to MaintainVPPs per StepCumulative Monthly Rebates
BronzeStar2005Up to 169 StarsCoin (8-9%)
ChromeStar25520Up to 1,490 StarsCoin (12-16%)
SilverStar255100Up to 9,375 StarsCoin (15-21%)
GoldStar3010250Up to 33,875 StarsCoin (18-25%)
PlatinumStar2015500
SupernovaInfinite20500Cumulative Annual Rebates From 51,000 StarsCoin (28%)
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The Big Stacks Play Money Tournaments

The Big Stacks is a schedule of Play Money tournaments with big starting stacks, available non-stop. Entries for tournaments range from 100K to 5M chips. Starting stacks are the same as the customer’s buy-in amount.

  • Every Big Stack tournament features a guaranteed 50M chip prize pool.
  • Tournaments run hourly every day.
  • There are no satellites to these tournaments so customers must earn chips or buy chips.
  • Each tournament has a one-hour registration period before it starts, and a one-hour late registration period.
  • To take part, customers must ensure ‘Play Money’ is selected on the platform they are using, and search for ‘Big Stack’.
  • The schedule for tournaments is as follows:
TimeBuy-in/Starting Stack
00:30 ET, 04:30 ET, 08:30 ET, 12:30 ET, 16:30 ET & 20:30 ET100K
02:30 ET, 06:30 ET, 10:30 ET, 14:30 ET, 18:30 ET & 22:30 ET250K
01:30 ET, 05:30 ET, 09:30 ET, 13:30 ET, 17:30 ET & 21:30 ET500K
03:30 ET, 07:30 ET, 11:30 ET, 15:30 ET, 19:30 ET & 23:30 ET1M
01:45 ET, 05:45 ET, 09:45 ET, 13:45 ET, 17:45 ET & 21:45 ET5M
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Poker Stars Review

PokerStars are the world's largest name in online poker and can trace their origins back to 2001, which is a long time in this marketplace. Founded in Canada by father and son team, Isai and Mark Scheinberg, the company was originally intended to be just a poker software developer but, unable to find any clients to license it to, the decision was made to start their own online poker site which went live on September 11th 2001. Despite the terrible events that have made that day infamous, PokerStars became an instant hit, with the first live, online poker tournament attracting a large number of players.

By December of that year, real money games were running and by the beginning of 2002, satellite tournaments to the largest poker events such as the WSOP were being offered. Growth was rapid, with 5 million users registered by 2006 and the 100 billionth hand played in June 2013. At certain times, the number of active players online has exceeded 120,000. The PokerStars site is, unsurprisingly, very well presented, with details of the latest offers and promotions displayed prominently and links to quick demonstration videos that introduce the varieties of table.

Games

An unbeatable number of tables are supplied here, including:

  • Texas Holdem
  • Omaha
  • Omaha Hi/Lo
  • 5 Card Stud
  • 7 Card Stud

Also some less well known versions like Courchevel, HORSE, 2-7 Single and Triple Draw and Badugi. Texas Holdem is far and away the most widely played version of poker and is available in Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit versions, with literally hundreds of cash tables playing at any one time, and hundreds of tournaments each week. There are also more than enough Omaha and Stud tables to ensure that players of any budget and skill level can find a table to suit them. Courchevel is an Omaha version where at the beginning of the hand, the first flop card is dealt face up, while HORSE is a variety where Holdem, Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Eight-or-Better are played in sequence after each hand. This is a great way to prove player's skills across a range of games and is becoming increasingly popular. 2-7 Single and 2-7 Triple Draw are won by getting the lowest possible hand, although rankings are calculated differently. Badugi success requires a low ranking hand from different suits and is again becoming more and more popular with those looking for something a little different and challenging.

Getting to any of these exciting games is made easy via the multi-function lobby area. Tables can be filtered by buy-ins, tournament details, number of seats, pot sizes and more. It also has tabs to take users to the cashier to deposit and withdraw funds, an options area where table size, sounds and other details can be customised, plus news, player statistics and customer support links. Once happy with these details, players just click to get seated at their table of choice. The tables themselves are presented in a similar fashion to many online poker sites, meaning nice clear graphics, options to customise details even further, history information and the ability to create an avatar using a real image of the player. The software has had many years of development so it is smooth running and images are pin-sharp.

Anyone with limited or no experience of playing poker will find the detailed Frequently Asked Questions section a definite place to visit first. Here they will find step by step instructions which range from how to download the software, how to fund an account to guides on how each type of game is played. There are plenty of images and video tutorials that take visitors through the basics of poker such as hand rankings and what flops, turns and rivers are, or they will also inform more experienced users about strategies and how to develop their skills further.

New customers are advised to try out the free tables and tournaments specifically designed to help them learn the basics without losing real cash. iPhone, iPad and Android owners can play on mobile devices, including rings, tournaments and Sit n' Gos, while deposits can be made to an account with no need to go online. There is even a PokerStars TV app (iPhone, Android) so users can view the biggest games. There is something for everyone here, with total newcomers able to learn how to play, professional players are able to find big money tournaments with strong competition and everything else in between for us average guys.

Bonuses and Promotions

New customers can claim a welcome bonus that varies in detail occasionally, but will usually be of an average size compared to other sites. PokerStars are so popular that they don't need to tempt potential users in with a massive offer, although the bonus they feature is pretty easy to get, and like most poker welcome bonuses is released in stages to the customer's account with increasing Player Points earnt. No-deposit bonus offers are also commonly provided, as well as entry to freeroll tournaments, and claiming any of these is just a matter of entering the bonus codes as instructed when paying funds in.

The VIP programme rewards regular customers with two different types of points at the same time. VPPs, or VIP Player Points act as a monthly guide to how much a user has staked and determines their level in the VIP club, with bigger rewards for those further up the levels. All players start at BronzeStars level and as they progress through Silver, Chrome, Gold and on to the top Supernova and Supernova Elite levels, the rewards get more lucrative, including better points conversion rates, bonuses, invites to parties and VIP tournaments. FPPs, or Frequent Player Points are redeemable for merchandise in the PokerStars store, tournament entry or to cash out. It does seem a bit over the top to have two different points systems, but once playing, it's fairly easy to work out how many of each type have been earned. Several other promotions will always be running, but the details will vary. Overall, PokerStars are not the best for special offers, but again, they don't need to be.

Banking

Depending on their country of residence, customers can choose from a good selection of deposit and withdrawal options which covers the best known credit and debit cards, e-wallets and prepaid cards as well as bank transfers and even cheques. A unique method is the PokerStars Top-Up Card available from many retailers in the UK. Those using mobile phones to access the games may be able to use their network provider to transfer funds securely. Not all options allow for withdrawn funds to be sent to them, in which case, customers will be advised to set up an alternative system as well. Withdrawal requests get processed within 1-3 days depending on how deposits were made and where the money is going to, and the PokerStars site has detailed instructions on how to use each deposit and withdrawal method.

Customer Support

Although the customer support team are on hand 24/7, they can only really be contacted via an online Support Form, as there is no live chat or phone option available. That said, responses tend to be pretty much instant, and the FAQ sections are exceptionally detailed and easy to use.

Conclusions

PokerStars have become by far the world's largest site for a number of reasons. The selection of games and sheer number of players online is simply staggering and nothing else comes close. Even though they are not part of a network, they are twice the size of iPoker, which is the biggest network of sites around. So if variety is sought, visitors need look no further.

The software is easy to use and configure, the graphics are as good if not better than those offered by competitors and it really cannot be faulted. They don't offer the best range of welcome bonuses and promotions, but they are at least competitive, although the points scheme takes a bit of getting used to. Where they let themselves down a little, is in the customer support options. Although queries get answered quickly, a free phone number would be welcomed.