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PokerStars.com Review

With recent victory of PokerStar's player Chris Moneymaker in the 2003 World Series of Poker, this already hugely popular sites has received a lot of attention.

The biggest draw here is definitely the outstanding tournament play. The Sit&Go games are my personal favorite. They're heads-up, one or two table games that are not regularly scheduled and simply begin when all the seats are filled.

At a glance:
Games: Texas Hold’em
Omaha
Omaha High-Low
Seven Card Stud
Seven Card Stud High-Low
Tournaments
Free Play Yes
Table Limits: $0.01/0.02 to $100/$200
Pot Limit
No-Limit

Game Interface

It's among the best out there. It's easy to set up, intuitive, and the game runs smoothly. The best part is the ability for players to upload their own image, giving themselves a visual representation at the table. This makes it easier to remember who you're playing against and whether you've played them before. You can also take notes on players. Several of the other sites have started coping this functionality, but PokerStars.com definitely does it right. For better or worse, comprehensive statistics are also stored. Another thing that's both a plus and a minus here are the frequent software upgrades. They're easy to do and make you feel like the site is improving, but they're also annoying.

Site size / traffic

One of the top 3 largest poker sites in terms of traffic — usually between 3000-4000 real-money players in 500 games, but WAY more during big tourneys. A drawback to the limit games is that most players seem to be here for the tournament action. However, it's always easy to find action at one of the Hold’em tables. Everything stays busy during the big tournaments.

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