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  • Best player traffic in the industry.
  • Biggest poker tournaments anywhere.
  • Frequent new promotions and live tournament qualifiers
  • Wide selection of poker variations
  • Mid and high stakes feature very tough competition.
  • Software graphics are average.
  • US players not accepted.

PokerStars Review

When it comes to online poker rooms, there is PokerStars, and then there is the rest of the pack. For the past several years, the pack has been trying to catch up to PokerStars in regards to game selection, promotions and especially player traffic. The player traffic is definitely key here because you can log onto PokerStars at any time, and literally see hundreds of thousands of players in the lobby. This being the case, Stars has set world records for holding the largest poker tournaments in terms of both entrants and prize money.

The Sunday Million is the biggest weekly poker tournament in the industry, and as the name implies, it features a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. The Sunday Warm-Up is also pretty huge since it offers players a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool each week. PokerStars is also unparalleled when it comes to their tournament series because they run the annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Both of these series offer tens of millions of dollars, which is a big reason why the best poker tournament players in the world are attracted here.

Aside from the PokerStars tournaments, the high stakes scene at this site has really improved over the past few years. They took a huge step in regards to attracting high stakes poker players by signing Viktor “Isildur1” Blom to promote their brand. And it also doesn’t hurt matters that there are a large number of other recognizable PokerStars pros such as Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Liv Boeree, Barry Greenstein, Jason Mercier and Eugene Katchalov.

Another big perk to playing at PokerStars includes their software, which is pretty impressive when options and features are considered. Some of the software features worth mentioning include Flighted Tournaments (play a tournament’s first stages at different times), hotkeys, chat bubble, resizable hole cards, and showing one or two cards after hands. The only mild complaint about the PokerStars software is that their graphics are middle-of-the-pack when compared to other online poker sites. Looking past this minor drawback, those who use the PokerStars software will have access to the industry’s best game selection with 5-Card Draw, Razz, Badugi, 8-Game, 9-Game, 10-Game, 2-7 Triple Draw, HORSE and HOSE all available.