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PokerStars




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
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: 25509
7 Day Average: 15000
Now: 19271




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Reviews

PokerStars has a weighted average rating of 3.8 out of 10 from a total of 261 reviewers

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Rating:4 / 10
By:Anonymous
Date:Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Title:Pokerstars business model works against should-be-winning players161 out of 178 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:Steve
Date:Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Title:DonkeyStars76 out of 85 readers found this review helpful
 
I've played on this site irregularly for a couple of years or so.

I would say the positives about the site are:
1) Game variety. Many different forms of Poker available at all limits.
2) Software stability.

The negative though far outweighs the positives.

I consider myself an above average player and generally make the correct decisions statistically and get my money in with the best hand the vast majority of the time. I make reasonable money from the bricks and mortar Poker rooms I play in, but find it doesn't seem to work playing on this site. Incredulous bad beats seem to be the norm and often players (donks or whatever you want to call them) call all-ins with hands that I would systematically muck pre-flop and win the pot! Just doesn't make sense to me. I won't discuss the sites RNG as that would be inappropriate, but just make your own mind up about the reasons why a solid player can't win on this site. The reasons have all been documented elsewhere.

I've continually been so frustrated with the situation that I've today taken the decision to cashout my remaining funds, close my account and look elsewhere.

If I were you, I would steer well clear of this site.

Steve

 
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Peak Traffic History
DateTime (Pacific)Peak Players
August 14 1:47 PM20951
August 1512:40 PM21099
August 1612:38 PM22373
August 1712:42 PM26197
August 1812:45 PM25997
August 1912:48 PM26081
August 2012:50 PM25078
August 21 1:32 PM24106
August 22 1:29 PM21607
August 2312:51 PM23509
August 2412:56 PM25161
August 2512:58 PM26566
August 2612:50 PM25527
August 2712:50 PM25509



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