PokerStars and Full Tilt were two of the three biggest online poker sites (along with Absolute Poker). Following the infamous Black Friday, Absolute Poker was closed, and PokerStars acquired Full Tilt as part of their settlement deal with the US DOJ. Despite implmenting several unpopular changes, this remains one of the largest online poker networks.
There are three main reasons to play online on the PokerStars network:
- PokerStars and Full Tilt are still one of the 3 largest online poker networks in terms of traffic. This means that regardless of the games you play, your preferred stakes, or the hours that you log on, you will almost always have plenty of tables and tournaments to choose from.
- When PokerStars scrapped their Supernova program, they dramatically slashed the rewards for their best players. While this was definitely horrible news for online poker professionals, it was great news for everyone else. Not only did this drive many of the toughest opponents off the site, but it also made more money available for bonuses for everyone else. The new Stars Rewards program focuses on giving more bonuses to those players who need them most (i.e. players who are losing).
- PokerStars and Full Tilt are two of the biggest and oldest online poker sites. They have top notch user interfaces and security. These sites are the standard that all other sites measure themselves against. Software quality on both sites is extremely high, with clean graphics and logical navigation. Advance action buttons and smooth animations make for a fast game, and multi-table play is well supported. Both sites offer poker software for mac, as well as Android and iOS, allowing you to play on a smartphone or tablet.