Online Poker Review

PokerStars

100% Bonus up to $600 Rating: 9.7 / 10

With a record-breaking 150,000 simultaneous players, which occurred in 2008, PokerStars is the largest online poker room in the world. Today, the number of players at any given moment averages just over 35,000, and it is estimated that the company controls anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent of the online poker market. With this many players, it is a simple matter to find an exciting game at a full table whether it is for high or low stakes.

Promotions and Bonuses

The standard welcome bonus at PokerStars is a 100 percent match on a deposit of $10 to $50. However, by entering a marketing code that can be obtained through most affiliates, players will receive a 100 percent match bonus on the first three deposits up to a total of $600. Because PokerStars is in a unique position as the most popular poker room in the world, the company is able to offer regional promotions. The current top promotion for Canada is a $16,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) package.

Software and Games

The software used by PokerStars has been described as simplistic or minimalist, but this is one of its main attractions. It is easy for beginners to learn and, at the same time, does not detract from the experience for seasoned veterans. In addition, with so many players online simultaneously, the software runs surprisingly fast and without any hiccups. The choice of games available at PokerStars is staggering. Players may hone their skills at free tournaments, and money tournaments of every kind are available at any time of the day or night.

Customer Support and Security

PokerStars is notable not only for its traffic but also for its responsive and capable customer service staff. Customer support technicians are always polite and very knowledgeable on all aspects of the site and the tournaments. However, most players find that they can answer questions on their own through the vast array of self-help tools that are made available. These tools include extensive FAQ listings, game instructions, video tutorials and a free online poker school.

Final Evaluation

It is hard to argue with the masses, and after testing out PokerStars, most players concur that the company’s popularity is well deserved. The range of tournaments offered is simply amazing, and gameplay is never dull. The VIP program and promotions offered at this poker room are more generous than what is offered by most of the others. PokerStars also uses enhanced RSA security to protect privacy, and the customer support team is the best in the business.

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