PokerStars Review

Play PokerStarsThe largest online poker site on the planet is PokerStars and it offers a huge number of cash games, tournaments and almost any game and limit action around the clock.

PokerStars really has set the industry standard when it comes to tournaments, with its unequalled selection and sit-and-gos at every stake starting up almost every second of the day.

It also provides various good promotions and a fantastic loyalty program, offering an enormous range of merchandise, special events and qualifies to every major poker tournament.

PokerStars software is also of the highest quality, offering high-speed play and fantastic multi-table options. It offers a high level of customization and is very reliable and pretty much sets the standard for this in the industry too.

PokerStars ReviewIf there is a downside to PokerStars it would be the inconsistent level of competition. Due to the fact that the player base is simply enormous, your opposition can be beyond soft at one table and incredibly aggressive on the next table along.

The tournaments and lower limits are full of bad players up to around the $6 and $11 SNG levels, but PokerStars is full of strong players in general. Thousands of them wander through every day looking for their next win, so you will find some hard opposition at various points throughout your games.

If you enjoy the more obscure games, PokerStars offers Texas Hold'em, every kind of Omaha and Seven-Card Stud, H.O.R.S.E., H.O.S.E., 2-7 Triple Draw, Five-Card Draw, Razz, 2-7 Single Draw Lowball, Badugi, 8-Game, Mixed Hold'em and Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo. By now there are probably more.

In general, PokerStars keeps its top rank by giving you a real "feel for poker" and also by replying very quickly to any player feedback.

In the end, PokerStars does its job extremely well. The only thing that keeps its ranking down is that the unbelievably tough competition at higher stakes and the occasional inconvenience which is all but unavoidable with such a gigantic site.

As of May 2009, real-money player statistics showed 22500 ring-game and 155000 tournament players at peak times.