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General Information

Owner/operatorRational Group, a subsidiary of Amaya
Headquarters locationIsle of Man
Game server locationIsle of Man
Software providerRational Group, a subsidiary of Amaya
Uncommon games offered5 Card Draw
5 Card Omaha
5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo
8-game
Badugi
Courchevel
Courchevel Hi/Lo
Fast-Fold Hold'em
Fast-Fold Omaha
Fast-Fold Omaha Hi/Lo
HORSE/HEROS
Other Mixed Games
Razz
Single Draw Lowball 2-7
Triple Draw Lowball 2-7
Real money ring game players
24 Hour Peak: 18726
7 Day Average: 14000
Now: 11223




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Reviews

PokerStars has a weighted average rating of 3.8 out of 10 from a total of 284 reviewers

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Rating:4 / 10
By:Anonymous
Date:Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Title:Pokerstars business model works against should-be-winning players301 out of 351 readers found this review helpful
 
I have been playing and analyzing the cash game data from my database for quite a while now and there is definitely something wrong with the way results behave.

I am not talking about normal statistical variance but the fact that there is a clear tendency to help out weaker players at the expense of good ones.

The system can recognize the weak players via:
- blatantly incorrect decision making (this is easy to do on case-by-case basis)
- terrible bankroll management
- some sort of more complex handicapping system that assigns coefficients to players which are later used to skew results towards the weak ones

This is hard to notice at first glance but filtering out manually ONLY pots between strong regular players and weak ones (especially on weekend) there is a clear bias against the stronger player. I invite all who read this to just take some time every day and check their own results, it will be highly educational!

The purpose of all this is to increase the amount of time money is in play so it can get raked repeatedly. Once a winning player gets it, it will go out of the site forever and PokerStars loses significant income.

If we estimate that this increases turnover of the money 3 times (which seems reasonable), it impacts the amount of rake the same way - and rake = income for PokerStars. We are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars every year!

I can't talk about tournaments since I don't have such a big sample of data, but it might be reasonable to assume there is some kind of handicapping system in those too (they have larger "native" variance so maybe it is not as pronounced as in cash games).

I want to emphasize that the RNG itself is probably clean (it has been reviewed + there is no actual need to tamper with it). simplest way to do this is to put an additional step between RNG and the tables which can intercept the random cards and replace them with desired ones. The hand seed number can be fixed retroactively if it ever becomes necessary and nothing can be proven by a scheduled review.

Anyway, enough of this, conclusion is very obvious - if you are bad/beginner level player who wants to just have some fun then PokerStars is definitely the best place. Just don't expect to be a long term winner (in fact, if they "stimulate" you in the beginning then best idea is to tkae the winnings out of the site ASAP).
 
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Rating:1 / 10
By:Janos
Date:Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Title:Honesty without regulation? 49 out of 58 readers found this review helpful
 
I have read nice amount of reviews positive and negative ones with classic sh1t going on: omg rigged piece of shat or the contrary: id1ot donks its just variance. And honestly the variance "card" is the perfect defense against claims about stars being "rigged". So from my perspective we are discussing this "problem" from wrong angle. Proper angle should be started with a question, which is: is it expected to experience "a foul play" from a company if there is no proper regulation / control over its work? Well, hell yeah. Honestly, how can a person or a group of objective people defend the "morality, honesty" of a company which is located in tax heaven and is being regulated by basically no-one. I mean, how old are you people?
 
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Peak Traffic History
DateTime (Pacific)Peak Players
April 1812:50 PM25703
April 1912:39 PM25577
April 2012:43 PM24415
April 2112:51 PM24412
April 2212:44 PM23249
April 2312:50 PM21367
April 2412:36 PM22737
April 2512:48 PM24497
April 2611:15 AM22507
April 2712:49 PM21794
April 28 1:15 PM22975
April 2912:54 PM22516
April 3012:53 PM21287
May 112:47 PM18726



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