Tennis icon Rafa Nadal plays on PokerStars because he ‘Loves the competition, and it’s certainly a popular site. New Player bonuses are well worth the time it takes to become a member, and as an existing member you’ll continue to get well rewarded for your loyalty.
New Player Bonuses
Deposit at least $20 and, as a new PokerStars player, you will receive a $20 free bonus which you can use to try out the various poker games. You’ll also receive a ticket for free entry into the PokerStars ‘$100K Privilege Freerolls’, which means for 31 days from opening your account you can play in up to four tournaments per day and try and win a share of $100,000. PokerStars New Player welcome bonuses don’t stop there though, and you’ll also be eligible for a 100% bonus. Novices may be happy to stick to their initial $20 deposit to claims their bonus, but professionals and serious amateurs may want to take full advantage of the maximum matched deposit available which is £400/$600. You can claim your bonus via your initial deposit and two further deposits within 60 days of opening your account. Your bonus is released by playing tournaments and ring games for which you accrue ‘VIP Player Points’ (VPP’s), and £10 of bonus is released per 300VPP accrued.
Existing Player Bonuses
As well as new player bonuses, PokerStars are pretty generous in rewarding the loyalty of their existing members. This is done via the PokerStars VIP Club, where your rewards increase as you elevate your status through playing poker. New players start off with Bronze Star status, with Chrome Star, Silver Star, Gold Star, Platinum Star, Super Nova and Super Nova Elite being the higher levels. Whatever level you are, you can use your Frequent Player Points (FPP’s) to buy items from the PokerStars VIP Store. VIP rewards you can expect to exchange your points for include tournament entries, clothing, baseball caps, 500-piece clay poker chip sets and lots of other exclusive items. Earn loads of points and you can exchange them for a variety of electrical goods and even cars! There’s even the chance to exchange them for seats in live tournaments which, if you’re good or lucky, could give you the chance of turning your points into millions of dollars and even poker stardom.
Tournaments and Games
The website tells you how many tournaments are currently available and how many players are currently playing (respectively 2,589 and 78,757 when I looked), which gives you some idea of the site’s popularity. Big tournaments you can play at PokerStars include Sunday Million, Omania and The Daily Bigs. Varieties of Poker include Texas Hold’em, Stud, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Draw, Triple Draw and Single Draw, whilst buy-ins and prize-pools vary enough for all tastes.
You can play PokerStars Poker on the go with PokerStars Mobile which is available on iTechnology and Android technology. Features include the ‘Play Now’ button which gives you instant access to games and tournaments.