May, 2013 - Pokerstars is the largest poker room on the world even though they no longer accept U.S. players. They hold too many records for me to list here. With 250,000+ players during peak hours they have the highest traffic by far. They have action twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, at the 7 Card Stud, Stud High Low and Razz tables. During peak hours you'll find over 450, 7 Card Stud players, 300+ Stud HL players and 110+ Razz poker players. The VIP program at Pokerstars is really in a class of it's own as well. Poker Stars was forced to stop accepting American players in April, 2011. It is expected to Poker Stars will take Americans again by the end of the year. Out of the four poker sites shut down, Pokerstars is the only one that is still open. Full Tilt Poker, their long-time arch-rival, was closed down in late June and has yet to pay their players. Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet were closed in April and have since declared bankruptcy so they won't be refunding anyone. Pokerstars honored all debts and quickly refunded all U.S. players. This 2013 Pokerstars review will cover all aspects of what is widely known as the best online poker site in 2013.
All new players that signup at Pokerstars in May, 2013 will receive a 100% match on their first THREE deposits up to $600. Be sure to enter the 2013 Pokerstars promotional code (marketing) PSP11820 when signing up (see below). Be sure to click on the friend referral box first When you make your first deposit there will be a bonus code field. Enter the 2013 Pokerstars bonus code STARS600. This bonus is very easy to clear and will be paid off in small increments. This 2013 Poker Stars marketing code is valid until 2014.
This bonus is 12X larger than the $50 bonus other web sites are offering. We are also in the process of setting up some special 7 Card Stud freerolls for players that signup at Pokerstars using our code. This is the best Poker Stars marketing code in 2013.
Pokerstars offers players the most rewarding VIP program in the online poker industry. There are 6 levels and each one comes with it's own unique benefits. The most important benefit is the FPP multiplier. When you sign-up you will start off as a Bronze Star player. Each VPP will be worth 1 FPP. Once you have reached 750 VPP's you will achieve the Silver Stars status and have $10 in free Pokerstars money credited to your account. You will also start earning 1.5 FPP's for each VPP, that is a 50% increase. You will also be eligible for special freerolls. Now that you are earning points faster you will hit the 3,000 FPP mark with ease. This is the Gold Star level and you will start earning 2 FPP's for each VPP. You will have also received $30 in free bonuses as well (see the chart below). At 7,500 FPP's you will achieve Platinum Stars status and will be earning 2.5 FPP's for ever VPP. Your Stellar Reward bonuses will also be increased from $10 to $50. Supernova and Supernova Elite status will bump your VPP-FPP ratio up to 3.5 and 5 respectively. There is a total of $1,200 in Stellar Rewards and $136,800 in Milestone cash credits in 2012.
The VIP Store at Pokerstars is going to really blow your mind. I just received a Nintendo Wii a few days ago. You can trade in your points for virtually anything. They have iPods, TV's, computers, gift certificates, customized clothes, game systems. poker accessories and much much more. You can even just turn your points in for cash or tournament entries. My Wii only cost 24,000 FPP's, which I earned in less than a month. You will also receive instant cash as you earn points. These bonuses do not cost any of your FPP's, they are automatic real money credits. I have added the 2012 Stellar reward schedule above and the Milestone cash credit schedule below.
Poker Stars is on their own, independent poker network. They don’t share their software with anyone else and there are no other rooms that use their traffic. With that said however, they don’t need any help, Poker Stars is consistently the number one site in the world for player traffic and action. At peak times they can have as many as 250,000 players online.
As the leading online poker room Pokerstars has a huge budget for promotions. They spare no expense when it comes to making their players happy. They offer packages to huge offline tournaments on a regular basis and have a tournament leader board. They also host the WCOOP tournaments, the internet's version of the WSOP. They really have too many ongoing promotions to list here and they change every month so it would take a lot of effort to keep this section updated.
Stud tournament players will also be happy with the selection they find at Poker Stars. They have both sit n go and regular multi table Seven Card stud tournaments running all day every day. While these tournaments aren’t as frequent as the more popular Texas Hold’em tournaments, there are plenty available and all it takes is a little patience to find ones that are filling up.
Poker Stars has built a reputation of being one of the most trusted and reliable poker sites out there. Historically though, their support has been terrible. I've noticed a change in the last year or so though. I usually get a response from them within 12 hours. While this isn't the best, it certainly isn't the worst. They only offer email support at the moment but hopefully that will change in the near future. Banking at Poker Stars is reliable and secure. One of the reason for their success is the lightning fast withdrawals and 100% successful deposit rate. Skrill poker deposits are probably the most used deposit option at Pokerstars in 2013.