PokerStars Review

Is PokerStars.com the best online poker site for you?

Last Updated: 10 October 2019

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Pros & Cons

 
  ++   Highest traffic poker site
 
  ++   Great sign-up bonuses
 
  +   Low rake & fees  
  -   Terrible rewards program  
- Penalize winning players
  -   Horrible freeroll value  
- No US Players

PokerStars in the USA

If you reside in the United States, you cannot play real money online poker with PokerStars. You also should not play poker online for real money with PokerStars while visiting the USA.

We also strongly recommend against trying to circumvent this restriction (by using a VPN for example). PokerStars have become very cautious after being indicted by the US Department of Justice for a host of charges (including bank fraud). In the past PokerStars didn't just turn a blind eye to US-based customers, but actively went out of their way to help circumvent the laws (which is what got them in trouble). In order to avoid future fines, PokerStars now actively ensure that no players residing in or visiting the US can play poker for real money on their network. While a VPN can trick the site into thinking you are located somewhere else, it just takes a single drop in network service while playing for you to get caught. Why take the risk when there are other online poker sites that still accept poker players in the USA?

PokerStars Review

PokerStars eliminated their famous Supernova VIP rewards program and replaced it with the new Stars Rewards player rewards program, and the vast majority of PokerStars regulars hate it!

If you reside in France, India, Spain, or Portugal, please instead read the PokerStars review applicable to your location:

Chest Rewards Avg. Reward Freeroll
Blue 60¢ 60¢ $5,000
Bronze 60¢ - $12 $1.20 $10,000
Silver $1.50 - $30 $3
Gold $5 - $100 $10
Diamond $12.50 - $250 $25
Platinum $35 - $700 $70

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 unnecessary, so they shifted their focus to the players the game needs most to survive: net depositors.

At first, this seemed like a great idea! Reward those players most crucial to the poker economy and said economy will thrive. Initially, that seemed to be the intent behind the new Stars Rewards program, and we originally applauded PokerStars for it. Of course, the regulars raged at the loss of rakeback (and with good reason - many had supported and funded the site for years only for PokerStars to turn around and stab their best customers in the back). Keep in mind, poker sites make their money from rake, not from player losses, and nobody contributes more rake than the grinders who are playing 50,000 or more hands a month. Supernova Elite players saw their rakeback rewards reduced from 69% to roughly 5%! 

Then the Stars Group went one step further and reduced the rewards for tournament players by a whopping 55%! Instead of earning 100 points for every $1 contributed in rake like everyone else, tournament players now only earn 45 points per $1 of rake. They also don't give ANY points to players playing higher stakes! These changes have nothing to do with helping the poker economy and everything to do with helping PokerStars increase profits.

A few months later the Stars Group reduced the rewards even more, and pulled the scummy big business tactic of phrasing it as if they were doing everyone a favor! They claimed they were simplifying the system for earning chests (which they did), but in the process they reduced the rewards once again. Winning players now earn as little as 2.1% rakeback! Half that if they play tournaments or Sit-and-Go's, and 0% if they play high stakes cash games. What an absolutely disgraceful way to treat their best customers! Many of their regulars left since they can earn significantly more rewards with almost any other online poker site.

PokerStars Stars Rewards Review

You earn 100 reward points for every $1 you pay in rake, or 45 points for every $1 in tournament fees. Earn enough reward points, and you earn a Stars Rewards chest, which offer random prizes that vary in value (e.g. from 60¢ to $12 for a Bronze chest). Only the basic Blue chest has a fixed value (60¢). You need to earn at least 1 chest of your current type over a rolling 28-day period to remain at your current level. If you earn 10 chests of the same type during this period, you move up to the next reward chest (e.g. from Blue to Bronze). Higher level chests require more reward points to open, but also have a higher average value of rewards. However, higher level chest do not necessarily offer greater rakeback!

Chest Avg.
Value
Avg.
Bonus
Best Typical Worst
Cost RB Cost RB Cost RB
Blue 60¢ 30 350 18.8% 1,700 3.6% 2,500 2.4%
Bronze $1.20 50 550 24.0% 2,300 5.3% 5,950 2.0%
Silver $3 90 750 45.5% 2,750 11.3% 14,750 2.0%
Gold $10 200 5,000 20.8% 13,000 7.8% 48,500 2.1%
Diamond $25 500 15,000 17.2% 30,000 8.5% 120,000 2.1%
Black $70 1,000 25,000 29.2% 65,000 10.9% 335,000 2.1%
*All of the numbers in the above table are approximations based on the data we have been able to collect. While our previous analysis of the Stars Rewards program was incredibly accurate, our analysis of the "improved" program is much less so due to a lack of data. The numbers in red text are almost certainly wrong.

The most confusing (and frustrating) 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, as illustrated by the above table). Although other factors contribute to your profile, the biggest is whether you are a break-even player, net depositor, or net withdrawer. 

Winning poker players earn as little as 2% rakeback from Stars Rewards while playing poker with PokerStars! Click to Tweet

Not only is the variation huge, but the same player can jump from 25,000 points to open a Black chest (29.2% rakeback) to needing 335,000 (2.1%)! This can also be incredibly misleading, as you might get 9 Black Chests for 25,000 points, and just 1 for 335,000 and think you're earning decent rakeback. Afterall, 90% of your chests are giving you 29.2% rakeback, so you might think (9 x 29.2% + 1 x 2.1%)/10 = 26.5%...not bad. However, when you look at cash earned per points (the correct way to calculate your rakeback), it's not pretty! Across 10 Black chests, you'd expect to earn an average of $700 in rewards, for which you'd need 585,000 points ($5,850). $700 / $5,850 = 12.0% rakeback...ugh!

Please 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, which fits with PokerStars' mission to increase their revenue from their online casino.

Overall Rating
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    7.8

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  • Casual Players
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     7.5 7.5
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           22
      Sign-Uup Bonus
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           88
      Freeroll Value
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           11
      Rake
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           1010
      Tournament. Fees
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           99
      Sit & Go Fees
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           77
  • Enthusiast Players
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     7.8 7.8
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         VIP Rewards
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           22
      Sign-Uup Bonus
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           99
      Freeroll Value
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           11
      Rake
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           1010
      Tournament. Fees
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           88
      Sit & Go Fees
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           77
  • Amateur Players
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     7.7 7.7
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         VIP Rewards
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           22
      Sign-Uup Bonus
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        1010
      Freeroll Value
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           11
      Rake
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           1010
      Tournament. Fees
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           44
      Sit & Go Fees
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           88
  • Semi-Pro Players
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     8.0 8.0
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         VIP Rewards
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           33
      Sign-Uup Bonus
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      Freeroll Value
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           11
      Rake
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        99
      Tournament. Fees
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           55
      Sit & Go Fees
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        1010
  • Professional Players
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     6.7 6.7
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         VIP Rewards
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        44
      Sign-Uup Bonus
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      Freeroll Value
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        11
      Rake
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           99
      Tournament. Fees
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           66
      Sit & Go Fees
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        1010
  • Hardcore Pros
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     7.4 7.4
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         VIP Rewards
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           55
      Sign-Uup Bonus
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      Freeroll Value
    gold stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargold stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey star
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      Rake
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      Tournament. Fees
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           77
      Sit & Go Fees
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        1010
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Download PokerStars for Mac

To download PokerStars for Mac, simply click any of the banners or download buttons on this page while using a Mac computer. Alternatively, you can download PokerStars Mac software directly from PokerStars.com.

PokerStars Real Money

Compete against other players from around the world for real money with PokerStars. There are a variety of methods to deposit and withdraw real money to and from your PokerStars account.

For players not interested in real money poker, PokerStars also offer poker for play money. Play money and real money poker use the same poker software, which provides play money players with high quality poker software.

PokerStars.com vs PokerStars.net

PokerStars.com is the website for real money poker. This site allows you to download PokerStars, sign-in to your PokerStars account, and details their sign-up bonus offer and various promotions. 

PokerStars.net is the website for play money poker. This site allows you to download PokerStars (it's the same client software as for real money poker), and gives details on play money tournaments, leaderboards, etc.

So why have two sites? Surely it would make sense to just have a section on the main site that covers play money. However, it is illegal for an online poker site to advertise in the US since most online gambling (including poker) is illegal in most states. By having a site dedicated to play money (even though the software is not), PokerStars can circumvent this law and continue advertising their brand in the United States.

Why they wish to continue advertising in a market they can no longer access is less clear. Perhaps they are targetting players in other countries who are just visiting, or players in other countries with access to US channels. Maybe they want to maintain brand awareness in the hopes that online poker is eventually legalized throughout the US, or perhaps they secretly want US players to play using a VPN. The latter seems less likely since they go out of their way to warn you against using a VPN (although it could be argued that by explicitly telling players not to use a VPN, they are actually informing them that it's an option). 

NOTE: We absolutely do not recommend using a VPN to play poker with PokerStars. In fact, we recommend you do not download PokerStars at all! There are plenty of other poker sites with far better rewards.

PokerStars Deposit Bonus

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

PokerStars Bonus Code: 'THIRTY'

If you make a deposit of at least $20 and use PokerStars bonus code 'THIRTY', you will receive:

  • 20 x $1 Spin & Go tickets
  • $10 in cash bonuses

If you generate less than $182/year in rake and fees, then this is one of the best poker sign-up bonuses available online. Only the Americas Cardroom sign-up bonus and first deposit bonus at Party Poker offer greater rewards.

Poker Stars Bonus Code: 'STARS600'

If you generate more than $182/year in rake and fees, then you should use the 'STARS600' PokerStars bonus code. With this bonus code, you receive a 100% matched bonus up to $600. Although other sites offer bigger bonus amounts, the favorable conditions on the Poker Stars sign-up bonus offer make it one of the best available online. In fact, if you generate between $800 and $9,000/year in rake and fees, then this PokerStars deposit bonus code is the absolute best of those we have analyzed.

@PokerStars bonus code 'STARS600' is the best sign-up offer if you generate more than $182/year in rake and fees. Click to Tweet

With the 'STARS600' 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 $200 initially, then another $200 after 1 month, and make a third $200 deposit just before 60 days after your first deposit, then you have a full 6 months to earn the full bonus!

You will earn 5 redemption points for every $1 paid in rake or tournament/SNG fees with PokerStars. You receive $10 of your first deposit bonus for every 180 redemption points earned (which is 28% rakeback). Although other sites offer a higher sign-up bonus rakeback percentage (such as Boylepoker), the redemption period at PokerStars is significantly longer. As a result, you earn more total sign-up bonus rewards with PokerStars than with any other online poker site sign-up bonus if you generate between $800 and $9,000/year in rake and fees.

PokerStars Freerolls

Freeroll Name Frequency Time (UTC) Value
Weekly Stars Rewards Freeroll, $5,000 Added Saturday 1:00 pm 36¢
Weekly Stars Rewards Freeroll, $5,000 Added Saturday 7:00 pm 31¢
Weekly Stars Rewards Freeroll, $10,000 Added Saturday 1:30 pm $2.38
Weekly Stars Rewards Freeroll, $10,000 Added Saturday 7:30 pm $2.27
School Pass Event, 48 x $0.25 Spin&Go tickets GTD Daily 1:05 am
School Pass Event, 9 x $3.30 tourney tickets GTD Daily 5:05 pm
School Pass Event, 15 x $1 Spin&Go Tickets GTD Daily 9:05 pm
School Pass Big Bang Satellite, 9 x Big Bang tourney seats GTD Wed/Fri/Sun 3:30 pm
School Pass Big Bang Satellite, 9 x Big Bang tourney seats GTD Wed/Fri/Sun 9:30 pm
School Pass Big Bang Satellite, 9 x Big Bang tourney seats GTD Wed/Fri/Sun 12:30 am
The Big Bang: Main Event, $5,000 Gtd Monthly 5:05 pm $2.24

PokerStars Mobile

PokerStars is available to download on a range of platforms, including mobile devices (tablets and phones), allowing you to play poker on the move! PokerStars mobile apps allow you to play ring games, tournaments, and sit-and-go's just as you would on a PC or mac. PokerStars mobile apps include all of the features desktop users are accustomed to, including chat, quick seating, multi-tabling, and more. PokerStars even offer tutorials optimized for phones and tablets!

PokerStars for Android

Play poker while on the move with your Android device by downloading the PokerStars Android App from the PokerStars website.

PokerStars for iOS (iPhone & iPad)

Play poker online against millions of users from the palm of your hand with the PokerStars iOS app, available for download from the iTunes Store.

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PokerStars Download

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Peak hours: 6pm - 11pm UTC
Peak Traffic: 120,940 players
Peak Cash Traffic: 21,620 players
Avg. Cash Traffic: 12,500 players
Low Hours: 5am - 9am UTC
Low Traffic: 34,700 players
No US players
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Platforms

Windows

YES

Mac

YES

iOS

YES

Android

YES

Linux

NO
PokerStars Deposit Options

AstroPay, Boku, Boleto, EntroPay, Instadebit, Instant eChecks, Maestro, Mastercard, Neosurf, NETELLER, O2, Orange, PayPal, paysafecard, PokerStarsPay, PokerStarsTopUp, Skrill, toditoCash, Ukash, VISA, Vodafone, WebMoney

Withdrawal Options

Bank Draft, Bank Transfer, Electronic Transfer, EntroPay, Instadebit, Instant eChecks, NETELLER, PayPal, Skrill, Ukash, VISA, WebMoney, Wire Transfer

Maximizing PokerStars Rakeback

To get the most from an online poker rewards program, you should play as many freerolls as possible. Although many PokerStars freerolls are very low value and not worth the effort, there are three exceptions:

  • The Stars Rewards freerolls are definitely worth playing! You win tickets to these freerolls by opening rewards chests. Many players fail to consider the value offered by these freerolls when calculating the value of the new Stars Rewards program. When you consider that the average value of a Red Stars Rewards Chest is just 18¢, getting a freeroll ticket with a value of 33¢ is a significant increase! And with an average value of $2.33, the freeroll tickets from Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum chests are even better.
  • The League freerolls are a very profitable option due to the large leaderboard prizes. However, to take advantage of these leaderboards, you should be prepared to grind 30 (or more) freerolls each month. Note, that with recent changes to The League, you can now only grind the first level (Initiation) for 3 months after joining PokerStarsSchool.com. The other 3 levels have been amalgamated into a single "Masters" league, but these tournaments now cost 25¢ to enter.
  • While the Big Bang satellite freerolls are pretty worthless, if you happen to win a ticket directly to the $5,000 Main Event (usually from playing in The League), then you should absolutely play this tournament, since it has an average value of $2.24.

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 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.

The Deal

Whenever you open a Stars Rewards chest, you will frequently receive Stars Coins. These can be exchanged for cash at a rate of 100 for $1, making each Stars Coin worth 1¢.

However, The Deal offers the opportunity to earn even more value from your Stars Coins. With The Deal you can wager either 7 or 70 Stars Coins in an attempt to win a prize. Unless the Jackpot is over $270,000, you should only wager 7 Stars Coins once every 12 hours. As long as the jackpot is less than $270,000, the weighted average of the prizes you can win from The Deal is less than the value of exchanging Stars Coins directly for cash (i.e. <1¢ each). However, if someone wins the Jackpot, then anyone who played The Deal in the previous 12 hours shares in 50% of the jackpot. This increases the value of the 7 wagered Star Coins above 7¢. However, since the jackpot is divided by the number of players, and not by the number of times you played, there is no advantage in playing more than once, or in wagering 70 Stars Coins.

The average weighted value of each Stars Coin wagered on The Deal becomes greater than 1¢ once the jackpot reaches $270,000. However, that does not necessarily mean you should expend all of your Stars Coins on The Deal even if the jackpot exceeds $270,000 because you are gambling a guaranteed 7¢ (or 70¢) in the hopes of a huge payday. When wagering 7 SC, you need to make a Royal Flush in 5 cards (0.00015% chance), and that just gives you the opportunity to spin for the Jackpot prize, with just a 1 in 8 chance of hitting the jackpot. When wagering 70 SC, you can also spin for the jackpot if you make a Straight Flush (0.00154% total chance). While the weighted average value of each Stars Coin exceeds 1¢ once the jackpot is $270,000 or more, it is still essentially a lottery in which the vast majority of the players will be better off taking the guaranteed 1¢ per Stars Coin.

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