Pokerstars Review

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At Pokerstars you will never have to wait too long for a poker game to start.  At times, there are over a quarter of a million poker players logged in, and playing at  This is by far the largest online poker room and probably the most well known online poker site.  Within a minute of logging in, you will be able to find more poker tables and open poker tournaments, then some online poker rooms have all day long.  Pokerstars is a great poker room for anybody who does not want to wait for a poker game to start.
    Poker players get a bit spoiled at Pokerstars, not with promotions, but with the selection of poker games.  If this was the first online poker room that you played on, then there might be only three or four other online poker rooms that you will tolerate.  At you will be able to enter a single table tournament and start playing before you return to the bathroom.  You can find many poker tables open and not just the $0.01/0.02 limits.  You can enter and start playing in multiple large scale poker tournaments within minutes of logging in.  Simply put, if you like to play online poker, you are going to open up an account at, sooner or later.
    Not everything here at Poker Stars is great.  One thing you will notice, if you have played at any other online poker room, is that the competition is a lot harder here.  The online poker sharks are attracted to this poker room, because of all the traffic, the large scale poker tournaments and all the open poker tables.  It is also real easy to multi table here, making it easier to turn a bigger profit.  Don't worry, not all the poker players are great or even good here.  In the lower limit poker tournaments, you will notice that a lot of the poker tournaments are more a less a lottery.  You will see players calling and raising on just about any possible hand.  This can get frustrating and you should start to expect to lose a lot of hands where you are a 80%+ favourite, over the course of a large tournament.  To help you out with the bad beats, you can claim a $600 poker bonus at if you are a new poker player there.

Pokerstars Promotions

New players will receive a $600 deposit bonus at if they use the bonus code "Stars600".  This is a great new player bonus that is easy to earn in less than maximum six months.  There is also a lot of freerolls to play in while you are adjusting to playing at an online poker room.  Make sure you are eligible for the welcome bonus by using the Canadian Pokerstars marketing code "PSP2621" (must be in capitol letters).
    There are also many other promotions available to the loyal players at Pokerstars.  Players from Canada will be able to enter in free poker tournaments in the North American Poker League (NAPL) at the Pokerstars poker room.  There is also a frequent player program that rewards you with points that you can use to buy into exclusive tournaments, electronics and Pokerstars gear.  You can also earn between 9% to 35% of your rake back with the Pokerstars loyalty program.





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Pokerstars Table.

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Deposit Bonus


Bonus Expires

6 months

Bonus Code


Texas Holdem


Omaha H/L

7-Card Stud


Tournaments and Poker Tables

There is not a single online poker room that comes even close to having as many poker players as Pokerstars.  Pokerstars would still have more active players, even if you combine some of the largest online poker rooms and poker networks together.  The player traffic helps a lot when you are trying to find a poker table or poker tournament to play.  You can play Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha H/L, 7-Card Stud, 7-Card H/L, Badugi, 5-Card Draw, Razz, HORSE, 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, Triple Stud and 8-Game Mix inside the poker room.
    Most of the biggest online poker tournaments will be played at Pokerstars.  The types of poker tournaments here include, satellites, re-buys, bounties, knock-outs, shootouts, turbo, deep stack and more.  You can get 9% to 35% of the entry fee collected by the poker room returned to you by earning VIP points, depending on your VIP rank.  You can sign up before a tournament begins or up to an hour after the poker tournament has started.  One of the most popular tournaments is the Sunday Million.  The Sunday Million is played every Sunday afternoon and has a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize pool.
    Ring games is the heart of every online poker room.  It is hard to get poker players in the poker tournaments if there is no traffic at the poker tables.  At times there are over 40,000 poker tables open at the Pokerstars poker room.  No matter what your budget, Pokerstars will have a table for you.  You can play in the $100/$200 NL tables, the the $0.01/0.02 tables or you can even practise at the play money tables.  The maximum rake at most tables is 5% and can get 35% of that back, depending on your VIP status at Pokerstars.
    You can play against many poker professionals here including; Greg Raymer, Joe Hackem, Chris Moneymaker and many others.  Some of the more well known Canadian professional poker players include Daniel Negreanu, Tuan Lam and Isabelle MercierDaniel Negreanu is one of the most popular Canadian poker players and he is one of the members of team Poker Stars.

Deposit/Cashout Options

There are many options available for Canadians that want to make a deposit at Pokerstars.  You can try to use your credit card, and if that fails you can use instant eChecks, Entropay, Moneybookers, Instadebit, UKash or ClickandBuy.  You can use these same methods, excluding UKash and MasterCard, to make a withdrawal.  You can also request that a check be sent in the mail or arrange for a bank transfer.