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Generally speaking, the people playing at Poker Stars are far more skilled and much tighter than players at looser sites, such as Bodog Life. However, largely thanks to WSOP champions Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer, newer players have been flocking there. Still, that only accounts for lower-limit games. In the higher limits, you’ll find some really great players who are more than happy to take your money. They aren’t unbeatable, though, but they are significantly better than the average player is. As far as player traffic goes, Poker Stars is one of the best.
Poker Stars only offers the standard 5 (Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Low, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Low). Their Omaha and 7 Card Stud poker games aren’t as populated as some other sites. That’s not to say that you’ll ever be without a game, but you will have lots of trouble finding a good table for either of those games. Poker Stars really shines with its limits and amazing software, though. Their limits range from $.02/$.04 all the way up to $100/$200. As you can tell, this is one of the largest ranges of limits on any poker site.
Poker Stars now offers a first-time deposit bonus of 100% up to $50. This is still on the small end for a poker site of this size. However, they offer occasional re-deposit bonuses, typically 20-25% up to as much as $600. This is their attempt at good incentive to keep people playing – it’s very effective. They lack any form of jackpots, but they offer Frequent Player Points (FPP). Using FPP’s, you can gain free entry into tournaments, as well as redeem them for items from their online FPP store.
This website offers the best tournaments on the internet. They’ll even have peaks of over 10,000 people just playing in tournaments. They have more daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tournaments than any other online poker room. If you enjoy playing in tournaments and honing your skills, this is a great place to do just that. Their single-table tournaments are consistently better than most other online poker rooms, and their multi-table tournaments easily dominate their competition.
While Poker Stars offers no live support, their email support team is fairly fast and reliable, usually responding within an hour. Their deposit and withdrawal options are somewhat limited compared to other large sites. However, both depositing and withdrawing are easily done, though it seems to take extra time to withdraw your money. The deposits are virtually instantaneous, though. Overall, the only thing they lack is live support, but that isnt so bad considering everything else.
I’m Jason Rockwell. When I’m not winning playing online poker, I enjoy writing about my love of the game. Thanks for visiting!