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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: 18338
7 Day Average: 12500
Now: 16698




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Reviews

PokerStars has a weighted average rating of 3.8 out of 10 from a total of 287 reviewers

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Rating:4 / 10
By:Anonymous
Date:Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Title:Pokerstars business model works against should-be-winning players320 out of 379 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:Anonymous
Date:Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Title: Top Story Traffic tumbles at PokerStars - PokerStars cash game traffic10 out of 13 readers found this review helpful
 
Good work pokerstars truly good work. 1/8th of traffic spoof gone, 7/8ths to go. gg idiot stock exchange knobs
 
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Peak Traffic History
DateTime (Pacific)Peak Players
June 10 2:35 PM19116
June 11 2:49 PM17761
June 1211:42 AM18539
June 1311:46 AM20611
June 1412:52 PM20472
June 1512:43 PM20396
June 1611:47 AM18760
June 1712:56 PM18900
June 18 1:08 PM17124
June 19 1:21 PM17710
June 2011:36 AM18751
June 21 1:20 PM19443
June 22 1:17 PM18789
June 23 1:29 PM19644



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