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PokerStars Review

Ratings

Software/Interface: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (4/5)
Game Variety: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (5/5)
Ease of Deposit/Withdrawal: 1 Star1 Star1 Star (3/5)
Security/Stability: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (5/5)
Players: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (5/5)
Bad Beats*: 1 Star1 Star(2/5)
* - Guesstimate of bad beat frequency vs. other poker sites/live play. Less stars means more beats.

Overall Rating: 1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star (4/5)

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Interface
PokerStars has a very well-designed color scheme and a very functional and easy-to-use table screen. The only shortcoming besides being personally out of my taste as a nitpicky interface junky was the filtering system to locate specific buy-ins or other details for tournaments was rather confusing. I could not easily locate the buy-in of a tournament without opening the lobby as they have 3 columns of information jumbled together in one. Besides that shortcoming, it is a very good interface and is worthy of its earned rating.

Game Variety
Since PokerStars is the largest poker site in the world, the game variety is absolutely massive. You will find every type of tournament and ring game you could ever dream of. The tournaments have very good payouts relative to what you pay to enter them and there are a great amount of qualifiers and satellites available to get into the big games. They offer a lot of weekly tournaments and one that caught my eye was a $100k guarantee for only $11 buy-in which is fantastic for just about anyone, I deposited just to play in this tournament because I usually play on another site.

The ring games are top notch and are always filled up due to the huge player base. The limits start at $0.02/$0.04 and go up to $1000/2000 in some games. PokerStars urges players to be careful when going into the higher limits because they claim that their are extremely talented and aggressive players inhabiting the high-stakes tables.

Ease of Deposit/Withdrawal
PokerStars offers the following deposit/withdraw methods: Neteller, UseMyBank, Moneybookers, Instant eCheck, Visa, Visa Electron, Masterscard, Check, Bank Draft, PaySafe Card, Instant eCheck, Switch, DinersClub and Maestro. (Some of the methods are not available for withdrawal but a majority of them are).

I found it relatively difficult trying to deposit funds being a US player. The normal means attempted to deposit were denied repeatedly by my bank so I had to resort to other options. I did not have this much trouble depositing on any other poker site. I have not tried withdrawing as I'm growing my roll on PokerStars to a goal level before I attempt withdrawal.

Security/Stability
PokerStars is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and is the largest poker site in the world. This is probably one of the safest/secure places that you could play or deposit your hard earned money to play poker with. I felt extremely safe playing at PokerStars.

Players
The players on PokerStars are some of the better players on online poker. You'll still find your usual super loose-aggressive opponents in the low stakes ring games and tournaments that either give their chips away easily or suck out horribly from the good players. However, once you cross the $1/$2 limits the players become very tight, solid players that amps up the competition to a very high level. I recommend PokerStars if you consider yourself a great, experienced player and want to test your skill against the best online has to offer.

Bad Beats
The beats at PokerStars led me to crown this category as the major shortcoming of PokerStars. One of the questions I ask people when considering trying another site is "How are the boards over there? Are the bad beats ridiculous?" The general consensus from most players is that the boards and bad beats on PokerStars are awful. I experienced a few of them myself over the course of a few tournaments and must say they catch you when least expected. Backdoor draws running for players that are completely dominated is an ever-recurring theme and while the frequency of bad beats is probably above average from other poker sites; the magnitude of the beats will leave a bad taste in your mouth if your a victim.

Overall
PokerStars is the biggest poker site on the web and has a massive player base. The site accomodates this player base by offering the largest variety of games I have seen offered on any other poker site. The players are solid and the site is strong/secure. Besides the possibly laughable RNG, the site is a lot of fun to play on and I recommend it as a site for a more experienced player or a player that wants endless choices of games to play in.

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