Location: Isle of Man
Licensed: Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, regulated by the UK Gambling Commission
Owner/Operator: Amaya Group Ltd.
Daily Traffic: averages 15,000
Customer Support: available via email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year also; the Contact Support feature in the client.
Card Games: Includes Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi, HORSE and 8-Game, Badugi, Courchevel, Courchevel Hi/Lo, Fast-Fold Hold’em, Razz
Rewards: 100% bonus with first deposit (up to $600). PokerStars VIP Club members can win rewards, and earn more Frequent Player Points (FPPs).
Tournaments: Weekly Sunday Million tournament guaranteed $1m prize pool ($215 buy-in). Sunday Warm Up (prize pool $400,000). Players can qualify to live poker events on the circuit every year, including the European Poker Tour (EPT) and the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT)
Software: Free to download and available for Windows/PC and Mac/Apple. Able to play in a wide selection of local currencies and languages.
Payments: Easy, quick and secure real money deposits with a wide selection of options, plus fast cash-outs or you can play for free.
Other info: Launched 11th September 2001, initially run in Costa Rica by Rational Enterprises, which was majority owned by the Israeli Scheinberg family. Later moved to Isle of Man (a British Crown dependency licensed) and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. Relocation motivated by the establishment of a 0% corporate tax rate and the removal of rules barring companies from accepting casino and poker bets from the United States of America. In 2014, Amaya Group Ltd. bought PokerStars and its parent company for $4.9 billion and the deal was completed on August 1, 2014. PokerStars acquired a European Union license in February 2012. On December 27, 2009,. Their Sunday Million is the biggest weekly online poker tournament.