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  • State-of-the-art software
  • Industry-leading selection of cash games and tournaments
  • Busy 24/7; always action
  • Best customer support in the industry
  • Extremely financially secure
  • Home of Zoom Poker, the Sunday Million, SCOOP, Turbo Series, and WCOOP


  • No option to contact support via live chat or telephone

App review

The PokerStars Mobile App allows you to play on the world's largest online poker site from your favourite mobile device. Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices, the PokerStars Mobile App gives you access to PokerStars' ground-breaking features whilst you are on the go. Some of the features include:

  • Real money play
  • Play money play
  • Auto top-up in cash games
  • Zoom Poker
  • Play multiple tables (up to five at once on the iPad)
  • All your favorite Hold'em and Omaha tournaments are available

Desktop software review

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PokerStars is the world's largest poker site with the largest tournaments, the most games, and the juiciest promotions. PokerNews Canada offers the most valuable exclusive PokerStars promotions anywhere! Join PokerStars via PokerNews Canada and you're qualified for literally hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of value-added freerolls and promotions every year.

PokerStars bonus information

Once you have downloaded PokerStars via PokerNews and created you account using the marketing code "PNEWS", get ready to make your first deposit and receive a welcome bonus worth up to $600. Make a deposit and PokerStars matches your deposit amount up to $600 in the form of a bonus.

This bonus is released into your account in $10 chunks each time you earn 180 redemption points and you have four months from your qualifying deposit to release as much of the bonus as you can otherwise it is forfeited.

Redemption points are earned at a rate of 5 per USD$1 you contribute to the cash game rake or pay in tournament fees. These points are also earned in other currencies wat the following rate: 6.5 points per £1, 4 points per CAD$1, 5.5 points per EUR €1.

Please note that redemption points will not be earned at pot-limit or no-limit tables with blinds of $5/$10 or higher, 8-game tables with stakes of $20/$40 or higher, or other limit games with stakes of $20/$40 or higher.

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Click2Pay Click2Pay
1-7 days
1-5 days
Maestro Maestro
1-7 days
Check Check
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  • Established: 2001
  • Owner/operator: Amaya Gaming
  • Software provider: Rational Enterprises (in-house)
  • Company headquarters: Isle of Man
  • Game server location: Isle of Man
  • Licensed by: Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission
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About PokerStars

PokerStars is by far the market-leader in the online poker industry. The poker room has been in business since 2001, making it one of the longest-running poker sites in the world, and has grown exponentially ever since.

As well as being the busiest poker room with the widest variety of games, PokerStars is also the home of the biggest weekly online poker tournament — the Sunday Million — and hosts massive online festivals like the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), MicroMillions, Turbo Series, and the biggest of them all, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).

When the old Full Tilt Poker collapsed, PokerStars acquired Full Tilt's assets for $731 million, allowing Full Tilt's customers to be repaid. This was in June of 2012. Two years later, in 2014, the Canadian corporation Amaya Gaming acquired both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker for an astonishing $4.9 billion.

Games Offered at PokerStars

There is a wide variety of cash games and tournaments available at PokerStars, including game variants like:

  • Texas hold'em
  • Omaha and Omaha hi-lo
  • five-card Omaha and 5-card Omaha hi-lo
  • five-card draw
  • seven-card stud and stud hi-lo
  • razz
  • 2-7 single draw
  • 2-7 triple draw
  • 8-game mix
  • courchevel and courchevel hi-lo
  • H.O.R.S.E.
  • badugi
  • fast-fold variants of hold'em and Omaha

Zoom Poker @ 200 hands per hour

Zoom Poker is PokerStars' entry in the fast-fold or Speed Poker game. The software is slick and the action is very very fast. All rules are the same as a traditional no-limit hold'em or pot-limit Omaha cash game. But in Zoom Poker you will be dealt more than 200 hands per hour! You can also re-enter the pool, playing 2 Zoom tables at once for double the action.

How does it work?
Instead of being seated at one table with the same opponents, in Zoom games you enter a pool of players. When you fold a hand, you are instantly whisked away and placed on a new table with new opponents and a new hand is dealt. You can fold at anytime, even before it's your turn to act, then you'll be immediately sent to a new table with cards in the air. Opponents at your old table will not see that you've folded until the action gets to your avatar, by which time you could have been dealt two or three more hands.

This is the fastest way to play poker on the internet, and should see you log tons of volume, clear bonuses and climb up the VIP scheme quicker than ever before.

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Pokerstars VIP Club

PokerStars' VIP is recognized by players as the top most rewarding frequent player program in the business. Players who achieve Supernova Elite will receive milestone bonuses, free entry into the WCOOP main events, and VIP Store discounts for major international tournaments. They will also earn FPPs at a faster rate than all players.

*Note VPPs are awarded based on a player's actual contribution to the pot, VPPs are not distributed equally by all players in a pot.

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Software and Extra Features

It's simple, everyone agrees, PokerStars software is the best in the business. Canadians have been enjoying this site for years.

  • PokerStars Mobile — play cash games from anywhere via Android or iPhone device
  • New Feature — fold and show one or both cards to an opponent before folding or show one or both cards before mucking after winning
  • Tournament History — easy to track you or your friends' tournament results
  • Preferred Seating — play at the same seat at each table to make multi-tabling easier
  • Over 20 table themes to choose from
  • Fully customizable lobby with dozens of options to make playing multiple tables much more easy

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