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PokerScout -- Online poker traffic rankings and news. November 29, 2015
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General Information

Owner/operatorRational Enterprises (private company)
Headquarters locationIsle of Man
Game server locationIsle of Man
Software providerRational Enterprises
Uncommon games offered5 Card Draw
5 Card Omaha
5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo
Courchevel Hi/Lo
Fast-Fold Hold'em
Fast-Fold Omaha
Fast-Fold Omaha Hi/Lo
Other Mixed Games
Single Draw Lowball 2-7
Triple Draw Lowball 2-7
Real money ring game players
24 Hour Peak: 22884
7 Day Average: 14500
Now: 8211

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PokerStars has a weighted average rating of 3.8 out of 10 from a total of 265 reviewers

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Rating:1 / 10
Date:Sunday, November 29, 2015
Title:PokerStars Employee3 out of 3 readers found this review helpful
deilegend wrote a review below, he is working for PokerStars....another example of how they think we are stupid and have no respect for players....
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Rating:4 / 10
Date:Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Title:Pokerstars business model works against should-be-winning players239 out of 264 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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Peak Traffic History
DateTime (Pacific)Peak Players
November 1511:49 AM22795
November 1612:02 PM24300
November 1711:41 AM23215
November 1812:36 PM24298
November 1912:41 PM23431
November 20 1:01 PM22494
November 2112:35 PM21661
November 2212:14 PM22806
November 2312:44 PM25098
November 2412:39 PM22939
November 2512:38 PM23081
November 2612:34 PM22980
November 2712:30 PM22541
November 2812:35 PM21946

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