PokerStars India Review

Last Updated: 5 October 2018

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To find out if PokerStars India is the best option for you, we recommend reading the entire review. However, if you already know that this is where you want to play, you can start playing on PokerStars India today by clicking the banner below:

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Poker players from India can no longer player poker on the world's biggest online poker site. In a likely effort to shield themselves from ambiguouos online gambling laws in India, the Stars Group decided to block Indian citizens and nationals from playing on their main site. In April 2018, PokerStars India launched, and although it uses the PokerStars software and receives support from the Stars Group, PokerStars.IN is owned by Sachiko Gaming.

PokerStars.IN offers almost identical promotions, but there are several key differences (including higher rake, slightly worse rewards, and no freerolls beyond the initial first deposit freerolls.

Although PokerStars provide software and support to @PokerStarsIN, the site is actually owned by Sachiko Gaming. Click to Tweet

Since they are using PokerStars software and support, PokerStars India offers the highest quality online poker software available online with clean graphics and logical navigation. Advance action buttons and smooth animations make for a fast game, and multi-table play is well supported. PokerStars.IN offers poker software for mac, as well as Android and iOS, allowing you to play on a smartphone or tablet.

While there are of course several top notch poker professionals from India, it is still very much an emerging market for online poker. If Sachiko Gaming are able to grow the Indian online poker community, then PokerStars.IN will be a very profitable place to play. Understanding basic pre-flop concepts will give you a significant edge over new players! 

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  • Enthusiast Players
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  • PokerStars.IN Cash Games
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Poker Stars India Cash Games

 
Active Tables (6-Handed):
  NL Hold'em   ₹1/₹2 - ₹50/₹100

PokerStars.IN does not offer either full table nor heads-up cash games, and only offer No Limit Hold'em for 6-handed cash games. However, they do offer a decent range of stakes, with multiple active tables for 6-max NLH. 

Click on the banner below to start playing 6-handed No Limit Texas Hold'em with PokerStars.IN:

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Poker Stars India charges significantly higher rake than PokerStars. Not only do they charge a higher percentage (e.g. 5.15% instead of 4.50% for lower stakes), but they also have a higher cap.

@PokerStarsIN charge significantly higher rake and for cash games only offer 6-max No Limit Hold'em. Click to Tweet

PokerStars India Tournaments

PokerStars.IN tournament fees are competitive, with the site regularly charging 9.9%. However, unlike most online poker sites, the percentage does not decrease for larger buy-in events. That is, they always charge 9.9%, whereas most online poker sites start reducing the percentage for tournaments that cost $100 or more to enter. However, since PokerStars India rarely offer tournaments above ₹5,000 (~$71), this really isn't an issue.

Most tournaments get anywhere from 100 to 300 entries, making PokerStars.IN a great option for reducing your tournament bankroll variance.

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Unlike the main PokerStars site, PokerStars.IN does not offer many tournament variations. They mostly just offer No Limit Hold'em tournaments. There is just 1 PLO tournament each day, and only 1-3 KO tournaments each day. Perhaps as the site grows, they will offer more.

PokerStars India Sit and Go's

 
Sit & Go (SNG) Formats:
  Spin & Go (S&G)
 
Active SNGs (6-Handed):
  NL Hold'em (S&G)   ₹1 & ₹51

PokerStars.IN do not offer traditional Sit-N-Go poker tournaments. Instead, they only offer 3-handed Spin&Go tournaments. Although you can register to play buys-in of ₹1, ₹11, ₹51, ₹151, and ₹510, only the ₹1 and ₹51 games typically see any action.

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Poker Stars India charge around 8% fees for Spin & Go tournaments. network offers some of the lowest fees available online for full table, 6-handed, and heads-up Sit & Go’s. Fees for Turbo sit and go's are slightly lower, and Hyper Turbo SNG fees are lower still. 

@PokerStarsIN do not offer traditional Sit & Go tournaments, but do offer 3-handed Spin & Go's with buy-ins of ₹1, ₹11, ₹51, ₹151, and ₹510. Click to Tweet

PokerStars.IN Freerolls

Freeroll Name Frequency Time (UTC) Value
Weekly Stars Rewards Freeroll, Rs. 25,000 Added! Sunday 11:00 am ₹95
School Pass Daily Freebuy, Rs. 5,1000 GTD Daily 3:30 pm ₹28

PokerStars.IN Rewards

PokerStars India uses the same Stars Rewards program used by the main PokerStars site. Although the vast majority of PokerStars regulars hate the new Stars Rewards program, it's not nearly as bad as everyone thinks it is.

Chest Rewards Avg. Reward
Red ₹5 - ₹1,000 ₹11.91
Blue ₹16 - ₹2,000 ₹36.6
Bronze ₹40 - ₹5,000 ₹90.1
Silver ₹100 - ₹10,000 ₹223
Gold ₹200 - ₹15,000 ₹543
Platinum ₹750 - ₹25,000 ₹1,649

Since poker played outside of home games is not a zero sum game, the economy relies on depositors, and yet these players are typically not given any special treatment. In fact, it's usually the "net withdrawers" (AKA, the pros and the grinders) who get all the rewards. With the old Supernova program winning players were earning as much as 69% rakeback! PokerStars realized that rewarding players who are already winning is pretty pointless, so they shifted their focus to the players the game needs most to survive: net depositors.

PokerStars Stars Rewards

You earn 1 reward point for every ₹1 you pay in rake or tournament fees. Earn enough reward points, and you earn a reward chest, which offer random prizes that vary greatly in value (from ₹5 to ₹1,000 for the basic Red chest). If you earn 4 chests of the same type on the same day, you move up to the next reward chest (e.g. from Red to Blue), which has a higher average reward value, but also requires more reward points to open. If your last 3 chests were opened on different days, your next chest will be 1 rank lower (with a lower reward point requirement).

Chest Avg.
Value
Avg.
Bonus
Best Typical Worst
Cost Boost RB Cost Boost RB Cost Boost RB
Red ₹11.91 15 150 75 18% 200 75 11% 280 45 5.4%
Blue ₹36.6 32 320 160 25% 450 160 14% 675 100 6.7%
Bronze ₹90.1 72 720 360 28% 1,000 360 16% 2,350 215 4.4%
Silver ₹223 160 1,850 800 25% 2,250 800 17% 6,800 480 3.6%
Gold ₹543 360 4,250 1,800 26% 5,250 1,800 18% 18,000 1,080 3.3%
Platinum ₹1,649 800 8,000 4,000 46% 12,750 4,000 21% 48,000 2,400 3.7%

Note that although we have adjusted our calculations from the regular Stars Rewards program for chest values and frequencies, we have assumed the same chest costs and bonus sizes. This is definitely incorrect, because a newly created account with no history has an initial chest cost of just 135 points (less than the best chest cost available on PokerStars). In all likelihood, the average rakeback will be very close to the rakeback on PokerStars.

With Stars Rewards, you also receive a "boost", which doubles the number of reward points you earn while it is active. Each boost is based on points, not time. For example, you might get a boost of 150 points, which means that while this boost is active, you will earn double the number of reward points for the next ₹150 you generate in rake or tournaments fees (gaining 300 reward points total, instead of the normal 150). After completing a boost, you get a new boost 8 hours later, which makes it possible for casual players to always have a boost active!  

The confusing aspect of the Stars Rewards program is that the reward point requirements for each chest vary based on your player profile (and the variation can be huge). In addition, the size of your boost also varies. Although other factors contribute to your profile, the biggest is whether you are a break-even player, net depositor, or net withdrawer. 

Net depositors can earn as much as 46% rakeback from Stars Rewards while playing poker on @PokerStarsIN Click to Tweet

Also note that our equivalent rakeback calculations are based on the weighted average of the rewards from each chest. That is, you are unlikely to receive the exact rakeback our tables indicate. This is part of the draw of the Stars Rewards program - the opportunity to earn a big prize! The entire system is designed to attract gamblers. While this system may not be very appealing to grinders (who would much rather receive a fixed rakeback percentage), playing against gamblers should be very appealing! 

PokerStars.IN Sign-Up Bonus

Download PokerStars.IN using any of the banners or download buttons on this site and enter one of the following Poker Stars India bonus codes:

PokerStars Bonus Code: 'FREE1500'

If you make a deposit of at least 500 and use the PokerStars India bonus code 'FREE1500', you will receive the following bonuses over 6 days:

  • 5 x Depositor Freeroll Tickets (5 chances to win your share of ₹10,000)
  • 20 x ₹51 Spin & Go tickets
  • ₹480 in cash bonuses

If you generate less than ₹9,100/year in rake and fees, then this is one of the best poker sign-up bonuses available online. Only the Americas Cardroom first deposit bonus and sign-up bonus at PartyPoker offer greater rewards.

@PokerStarsIN bonus code 'FREE1500' is the better sign-up bonus for players who generate less than ₹9,100/year in rake and fees. Click to Tweet

Poker Stars Bonus Code: 'STARS30000'

If you generate more than ₹9,100/year in rake and fees, then you should use the 'STARS30000' PokerStars.IN bonus code. With this sign-up code, you receive a 100% matched bonus up to ₹30,100. Although other sites offer bigger bonus amounts, the favorable conditions on the Poker Stars India sign-up bonus make it one of the best available online. In fact, if you generate between ₹56,000 and ₹210,000/year in rake and fees, then this PokerStars.IN deposit bonus code is the absolute best of those we have analyzed.

If you generate between ₹56,000 and ₹210,000/year in rake and fees, then you will not find a better online poker sign-up bonus than the one offered by @PokerStars.IN! Click to Tweet

With the 'STARS30000' bonus code, you may make up to 3 qualifying deposits over a 60 day period (and you should definitely take advantage of this). By spreading out your initial deposits, you increase the amount of time you have to earn the full bonus because you have 4 months to earn your bonus after each qualifying deposit. That is, if you deposit ₹10,000 initially, then another ₹10,000 after 1 month, and make a third ₹10,0000 deposit just before 60 days after your first deposit, then you have a full 6 months to earn the full bonus!

You will earn 1 redemption points for every ₹1 paid in rake or tournament/SNG fees with PokerStars.IN. For every 450 redemption points, you receive ₹150. This represents 33.3% rakeback, which is the highest of any online poker site we've analyzed that allows players from India.

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Get the Most Rakeback with PokerStars India

To get the most from an online poker rewards program, you should play as many freerolls as possible. Although PokerStars India does not offer very many freerolls, they do offer a daily Schoolpass freeroll. Although this freeroll gets very few entrants, its value (as a freeroll) is greatly diminished by the fact that you can rebuy and add-on for ₹11. To get tickets for the daily Schoolpass freeroll, you simply need to join PokerStars.IN School.

The weekly Stars Rewards freeroll offers even better value - when you consider that the average value of a Red Chest is just ₹11.9 (not including the 10% chance for a weekly freeroll tickets), getting a freeroll ticket with an average value of ₹95 is a huge increase!

Maximizing Stars Rewards

Regardless of whether you are a net depositor, or a grinder who is earning as little as 5% rakeback, there are several things you can do to get the most from the Stars Rewards program:

  1. Use up your full boost every session. 8 hours after you complete your current boost, you get a new one, so the last thing you want to do is quit playing for the day with just a few points left on an active boost. Instead, clear your boost, and then you will have a new boost when you next log in (assuming it's at least 8 hours later). If you are a very low limit player, it is possible to always have a boost active, which means that you are earning each chest for half as many reward points!
  2. Consider playing two sessions each day, 8 hours apart (or a single session that is more than 8 hours long). If you can easily re-arrange your schedule to play two sessions a day, then you can double your number of boosts. You can even try to play 3 sessions a day, but this will get complicated, because the start times will keep getting later and later (since it will take time before you clear each boost, which delays when you receive your next boost).
  3. Deposit more often, and withdraw less. We are not 100% sure on this tip, because we do not have the data on how your "playing profile" is determined. However, the largest contributing factor is supposedly whether you are a net depositor or net withdrawer, not whether you win or lose. Depending on the time frame(s) used to calculate your playing profile, it may be possible to trick the system into thinking you are a net depositor for several windows.

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iOS

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Android

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PokerStars Deposit Options

Cashfree, Mastercard, VISA

Withdrawal Options

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