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MicroMillions Poker

Poker Stars MicroMillions

From 16th-31st July Poker Stars customers can take part in MicroMillions, the ultimate low stakes poker tournament.

Play for millions of dollars in prize pools over 100 events with buy-ins from $0.11.

MicroMillions also features Spin & Go qualifiers for the biggest events and every player receives six free tickets to play.

There will also be a one-off MicroMillions Invitational on August 1, where $25,000 in prizes will be awarded to the festival's top performers.

Sign Up For MicroMillions

Spinball Win Up To $10K in Tournament

Poker Stars Spinball Win Up To $10K

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

Major Sunday Tournaments

Poker Stars Sunday Tournaments

Poker Stars customers can take part in a number of No Limit Hold’em Sunday tournaments.

The Sunday Million is the biggest weekly online poker tournament.

The Sunday Warm-Up is a weekly tournament with a big guarantee.

The Sunday Kickoff is the first major tournament on the schedule every Sunday.

The Sunday Storm has a low buy-in and a big guaranteed prize pool, the Sunday Storm is ideal for players of all levels and bankrolls.

The Sunday NLO8 is a Progressive Knockout Omaha Hi/Lo tournament with bounties on every player, and the bounty on your own head gets bigger each time you bust an opponent.

The Sunday PLO is a big-money Pot Limit Omaha tournament. It is a Progressive Knockout, meaning you earn extra cash for eliminating other players, but the bounty on your head also increases as you do so.

The Sunday Supersonic offers a shot at big money but takes just a few hours to play.

Go to the Tournaments tab, to find information on start times, buy-in details and guaranteed prize pools for all the tournaments.

Play Sunday Tournaments

Sunday Million Tournment $1M Prize Pool

Poker Stars Sunday Million

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.
Play Sunday Million Poker

VIP Super Saturday - Win Share of $155K

Poker Stars VIP Super Saturday

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.
Play VIP Poker

$10M Stars Rewards Giveaway

Poker Stars Rewards

Poker Stars customers can join Stars Rewards to earn reward points to get chests of prizes with a variety of items including cash, bonuses and tickets. There are rewards with a total value of $10,000,000, including a minimum of one thousand random Chests containing $1,000 cash.

There will be cash rewards of $1,000 in Chests at random, as well as other smaller cash amounts.To take part:

  • Join the Stars Rewards program: simply look for the Stars Rewards widget in our software (under ‘My Stars’ in the mobile app) and click on the ‘Start’ button.
  • Start playing. You’ll earn reward points for real money gaming activity on any products available in your region. Reward points fill your progress bar, which once full awards you a Chest.
  • A minimum of one thousand Chests will contain $1,000 in cash! And even if your Chest doesn’t contain a big money reward, it will be filled with personalised rewards tailored to you and the games you like to play.
  • There’s no limit to how many Chests you can win each day, provided you accumulate the necessary reward points.

As you win more, the number of reward points you’ll need to earn to win each Chest will increase, but so will the value of each Chest.

$1,000 Chest Probability Table

Chest-TypeFrequency
Red Chest1 in 40,000
Blue Chest1 in 20,000
Bronze Chest1 in 8,000
Silver Chest1 in 4,000
Gold Chest1 in 2,000
Platinum Chest1 in 1,000
Collect Rewards

The Big Stacks Play Money Tournaments

Poker Stars The Big Stacks

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
Play Big Stack Poker

Zoom Poker Games

Poker Stars Zoom Poker

Poker Stars customers can take part in fast paced Zoom poker tournaments where your opponents change every hand.

  • Fold, and you’ll immediately be moved to a new hand, at a new table.
  • You can fold at any point when you are facing a bet. You can even click ‘Fast Fold’, which allows you to fold before it’s your turn to act.
  • Watch the end of a hand play out by holding the CTRL key when you the click the Fold button.
  • Available across Hold’em, Omaha and Draw cash games and tournaments. You can even play for free.
  • For cash games, choose your game and stake level in the Zoom lobby, located under the ‘Zoom’ tab. Click ‘Join Game’ (desktop) or ‘Play Now’ (mobile) to get started.
  • You’ll be asked to choose your buy-in amount and, if you click on the ‘More Buy-in Options’ button, the number of tables you would like to play.
  • When you click OK, you will be randomly seated with a set of players from your chosen game. Your first hand will usually be from the big blind. For every subsequent hand you will be seated randomly.
  • For Zoom tournaments, locate the tourney you want to play under the ‘Tournaments’ tab.
  • Regardless of whether you play a Zoom cash game or tourney, if at any time you don’t want to play your hand, and you do not have an option to check, you can use the ‘Fast Fold’ button to fold instantly. If you clicked ‘Fast Fold’, or fold at any other point in the hand, you will instantly be dealt into a new hand, with new opponents. In a Zoom cash game, you are playing as part of a pool of players who have selected to play Zoom in that game and at those stakes. In a Zoom tournament, you are part of the group of players who registered for that event.
  • Players are seated randomly for each hand, and the blinds are then set based on who at the table has been the big blind least often. This way, in the long run everyone pays the big blind the same percentage of the time.
  • You can chose to stay at the table and watch the end of a hand, even after you fold, by holding the CTRL key when you the click the Fold button. If you use ‘Fast Fold’ however, you will be unable to remain on that table and watch the end of the hand (the ‘Fast Fold’ button is specifically there to move you quickly to another table).
Play Zoom Poker

The Deal Progressive $25K Jackpot

Poker Stars The Deal

The Deal’s Progressive Jackpot from Poker Stars starts at $25,000 and keeps growing until it hits. Customers can use The Deal to turn their StarsCoin into cash prizes by using seven StarsCoin to buy-in to The Deal, with the chance to spin the wheel to win the progressive jackpot. If customers don’t make it to the jackpot round they still have a chance to win cash prizes worth up to $300.

In addition, play in the deal in the 12 hours before the jackpot hits, and automatically win a share of half the jackpot.

Hit the jackpot and 50% of the jackpot prize money will go straight into your account. The other 50% will be divided between everyone who has played The Deal in the previous 12 hours.

  • All players are eligible to play The Deal and win the jackpot.
  • The actual amount of the progressive jackpot is displayed in the game software.
  • Players may select the 7 StarsCoin buy-in, or the 70 StarsCoin buy-in for higher value prizes and a better chance of winning a shot at the jackpot.
  • For every 7 StarsCoin used to play The Deal, we add $0.028 to the progressive jackpot - 77% goes into the current jackpot and 23% is set aside for future jackpots. The rest is distributed to players in the form of regular prizes. Each jackpot starts from $25,000.
  • Players who choose to play only one hand will be dealt seven cards face-down and will be asked to discard two cards. Players who choose to play more than one hand will have their cards selected automatically. In both instances the prize a player wins will be based on the strength of the five-card hand that is subsequently revealed.
  • All prizes won via The Deal are automatically credited to winning players’ accounts and cannot be exchanged for alternative prizes.
  • By accepting The Deal’s progressive jackpot prize, players give permission for us to use their Stars ID, avatar and/or other details in promotions and marketing communications. In addition, we may contact winners for the purpose of preparing further marketing and promotional campaigns.
  • The prizes available to win are as follows:
Hand7 StarsCoin70 StarsCoin
Royal FlushJackpot RoundJackpot Round
Straight Flush$250Jackpot Round
Four of a Kind$30$300
Full House$5$75
Flush$1$25
Straight50 StarsCoin$10
Three of a Kind25 StarsCoin300 StarsCoin
Two Pair7 StarsCoin70 StarsCoin
One Pair2 StarsCoin10 StarsCoin
Ace High1 StarsCoinNo prize
High CardNo prizeNo prize

Example:

A customer uses 7 StarsCoin to buy-in to The Deal. They get a Royal Flush and so win a chance to take part in the Jackpot round. If they win the jackpot they will receive 50% of the jackpot amount. If they don’t win the jackpot but play in the 12 hours before the jackpot hits, they will win a share of 50% of the jackpot amount with other eligible players.

A customer uses 70 StarsCoin to buy-in to The Deal. They get Four of a Kind and so win $300.

Play the Deal

Card Match – Win Cash and Prizes

Poker Stars Card Match

Poker Stars customers can win cash and prizes every day with CardMatch.

CardMatch is a mini-game that appears on Zoom and cash game poker tables. Once players have opted in for CardMatch at the poker table, they are given a Game Card to use featuring 10 slots.To complete a CardMatch Game Card and win an instant prize, just play eligible Zoom and regular cash games and match any cards from the Game Card with your winning pocket cards.You can complete a CardMatch Game Card and collect a prize once per day at each of the following stakes: $0.01/$0.02, $0.02/$0.05, and $0.50/$1.00. You can also collect at prize at either $0.05/$0.10 or $0.08/$0.16, and either $0.10/$0.25 or $0.25/$0.50.

  • This promotion is available from 00:00 ET on March 1.
  • Players can play unlimited CardMatch Game Cards until they complete the maximum number of cards in a day, defined as starting at 00:00 ET and expiring at 23:59 ET. The maximum number of cards varies per stake level.
  • You must start a CardMatch Game Card by hitting the ‘Start’ button on the CardMatch Game Card to have your progress measured. Any hands played prior to opting-in will not count towards your CardMatch progress.
  • Only when you have completed the required amount of slots on your CardMatch Game Card will you receive your reward. There is no reward for matching individual slots.
  • If you leave the poker table while your CardMatch is in progress your Game Card will be forfeited.
  • Randomly rewarded prizes will be displayed in your CardMatch game window. Cash, tournament ticket or StarsCoin rewards will be credited instantly. You must click on ‘Reveal prize’ after your Game Card is completed to see your reward.
  • CardMatch is available in a variety of pot-limit and no-limit hold’em Zoom and regular cash games. Other game variants, hands played at Play Money tables, in Heads-Up games, or hands played in any tournament format are not eligible.
  • You can only match your winning hole cards with the slots on your CardMatch Game Card.
  • CardMatch is available on selected cash game and Zoom poker tables.
Opt in To Card Match

Players’ Choice Satellites - Win Tickets

Poker Stars Players’ Choice Satellites

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.

Enter Live Poker Events

VIP Club - Earn Rewards From Poker

Poker Stars VIP Club

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%)
Earn VIP Rewards

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.