Players can redeem their VIP Player Points (VPPs) daily.
New players get 100% up to $600 First Deposit Bonus OR FREE $20 with your first deposit:
- 100% bonus up to $600 when you make your first deposit.
- Up to 3 deposits in 60 days for a total of $600.
- Remember to use the code STARS600 on all your deposits.
- Earn the full bonus by collecting the number of VPPs equal to 20 times the bonus amount.
- Points are exchanged in the store, tournament tickets or entry to exclusive tourneys.
- Each installment of the bonus expires after 120 days.
Every time you reach 200 VPPs, Full Tilt will credit your Stars Account with $10 cash - that’s a reward of at least 27% on every dollar you spend. You have 120 days after each qualifying deposit to earn all the VPPs needed to release your bonus.
Multi-Currency Bonus and Clearance Rates: The deposit bonus is available in Euros (EUR/€), British Pounds (GBP/£) and Canadian Dollars (CAD/$).
|Currency ||Maximum Bonus||Clearance Rate |
| USD ($)
|| 200 VPPs per $10
| EUR (€)
|| 250 VPPs per €10
| GBP (£)
|| 300 VPPs per £10
| CAD ($)
|| 200 VPPs per $10
The VIP Club has six different VIP statuses, each earned through completing VIP Steps. The first five BronzeStar, ChromeStar, SilverStar, GoldStar and PlatinumStar are monthly VIP statuses. Supernova is the highest status and is achieved on a yearly basis by the most dedicated players.
Earn 7 StarsCoin by completing the first Step and 169 StarsCoin (8-9%) by completing all of the BronzeStar Steps.
Use your StarsCoin in the VIP Store to purchase tickets for tournaments, Sit&Go and Spin&Go.
Play in the Weekly $2,500 VIP Tourney, or the Monthly $5,000 Tournament.
Earn up to 100% more rewards than BronzeStar status.
Complete all ChromeStar Steps in a month to earn 1,490 StarsCoin (12-16%).
Play in the Weekly $10,000 VIP freeroll, or the VIP Super Saturday $20,000 Tournament.
Complete all SilverStar Steps in a month to earn 9,375 StarsCoin (15-21%).
Use your StarsCoin to play in VIP Bash Satellites to major live and online events.
Play in the Weekly $10,000 VIP freeroll, or the VIP Super Saturday $30,000 Tournament.
Complete all GoldStar Steps in a month to earn 33,875 StarsCoin (18-25%).
Convert your StarsCoin for over $300 in cash, or spend it on great rewards in the VIP Store.
Play for big prizes for free in the Monthly $100,000 Freeroll, exclusively for GoldStar and higher VIPs.
Complete all PlatinumStar Steps in a month to earn 456,000 StarsCoin (22-25%).
Use your StarsCoin to purchase packages to Live Events all over the world.
Play for over $100,000 in prizes for free every month in VIP Freerolls.
Players have until the end of the year to complete Steps, rather than the end of the month.
You have free access to every VIP Tournament with almost $200K in prizes every month.
Use your StarsCoin to purchase any item in the VIP Store, plus packages to Live Events.
The following table shows the monthly and yearly requirements for reaching and maintaining each VIP status:
|VIP Status||Total Steps||Steps to Maintain||VPPs per Step||Cumulative Monthly Rebates
||Up to 169 StarsCoin (8-9%)
||Up to 1,490 StarsCoin (12-16%)
||Up to 9,375 StarsCoin (15-21%)
||Up to 33,875 StarsCoin (18-25%)
| Up to 456,000 StarsCoin (22-25%)
||From 510,000 StarsCoin (28-30%)
Poker rooms use different methods to calculate rake. According to PokerStars, the method used to calculate rake is the weighted contributed rake method. Choose your method wisely as the way to calculate rake affects your rakeback earnings.
PokerStars used to be the largest online poker room in the world, serving a massive number of US players every day. It was basically the #1 destination for US players, well ahead of rival Full Tilt Poker. Its US traffic crippled by the Black Friday events, PokerStars still retains that dominant market-leading position today, thanks to its long-time strategy of targeting various areas of the globe by hiring representatives there and by promoting poker through various local-focused poker tours and live events.
Even online, there are countless local-specific events running for players all over the world. A healthy marketing approach is definitely the mark of a great online poker operation and the software can’t fall behind either. PokerStars have the best online poker software in the world today. Their game selection is unparalleled. They offer poker variants one can’t really play anywhere else, and what’s even more important: they have enough players to generate decent traffic on their less popular games as well.
The cash game traffic is more than decent at the site (there are around 22,000 cash game players at the tables in peak hours), but the true strength of the operation resides in the tournaments section. PokerStars has always been and it still is THE place for online poker tournaments. Their Sunday Million is a true trail-blazer of a weekend guarantee, drawing thousands upon thousands of players each week, handily covering its generous guarantee time and time again. The Sunday Million gives players the opportunity to play for life-altering monster-prizes for a reasonably-sized buy-in. The popularity of the event hasn’t really been dented by the Black Friday woes either. What's more, PokerStars have beaten several online poker records during their 10th anniversary celebrations in December. PokerStars Radio was also revived for a brief while to push some interesting promotions and to garner even more player interest.
Because the cream of the online poker crop plays there, PokerStars' higher buy-in tournaments and cash games can be pretty tough to crack for beginners. Fortunately, the smaller buy-in tournaments offer plenty of juice for talented and skilled individuals who do not shy away from a little bit of grinding.
PokerStars do not currently offer live support through phone or online chat, but their email support staff is more than knowledgeable and their response times are decent too.
The bottom line: If you’re outside the US, PokerStars should still be your #1 pick for online poker. Their generous cash back which gives you rake back will surely make it worth your while, even if none of the other perks touched above appeal to you.
PokerStars have recently obtained a Maltese license, which prompted them to launch pokerstars.eu, a site geared towards European players. Swedish and Finnish players have already been transferred to the new software. The new Maltese license means that EU-based players will henceforth enjoy tax-free winnings. A new reload bonus has also been added to the offer.
PokerStars have also secured a Spanish operating license, and launched pokerstars.es. Spanish players are currently being transferred to the new domain, without any sort of downtime involved, or without any major changes to their PokerStars experience. Players will have to consent to the move before PokerStars actually make it happen.
- VIP Player Store
- Rafael Nadal Joins PokerStars
- Zoom Poker
- Poker Stars Mobile App
- Country Avatars
- Big Poker Tournaments and Live Events
- Weighted Contributed
- Accepts Danish Players