PokerStars Sochi

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PokerStars is the most famous and largest poker room in the world. Now it is a monopolist of modern online poker. In Russia, the legal room operates under the PokerStars Sochi brand. It is founded by Isaiah Scheinberg and his brother.
At the end of the last century, when the first poker rooms began to appear, they developed their own version of software for playing poker on the Internet. On September 11, 2001, the PokerStars website was launched with conditional chips, and in December of the same year, the ability to play for real money was added.

In 2006, the United States adopted the UIGEA Act, which banned citizens of the country from playing online. Then the largest room at that time, partypoker, was forced to leave this market, and PokerStars was able to take over the leadership in the industry. In 2014, PokerStars was purchased by Amaya.

In 2017, it was renamed The Stars Group. It is the last years in the history of the room that are associated with major changes in it. The main one was the introduction of the new Stars Rewards loyalty system.

PokerStars Sochi software review

The PokerStars Sochi client is considered to be the best among all its kind. It is distinguished by low requirements for connection quality and fast operation even with a large number of tables being played.For new players in the Starz client, the first tab is the Quick Seat menu. Through it, you can select and sit at the desired table in just a couple of clicks.

In the "All games" tab in the vertical menu, there are buttons that provide access to the lobby of the main types of poker games. Inside each of them, players can access an advanced filter system. Its use allows you to leave only the tables or tournaments you need in the lobby. You can also change the appearance of the lobby by simply presenting it as a list of tables or a list of limits with the ability to also see individual tables at the selected limit. In the menu bar located on the right side of the PokerStars client, there are buttons that give access to the settings, Help, Stars Rewards and current promotions sections of the room.

PokerStars Sochi software supports dozens of languages, including Russian and Ukrainian. The size of the main lobby can be adjusted. Poker tables in the PokerStars client have a large number of customization options. The player can choose from more than a dozen themes and change the color of the table, its background, deck and card shirt individually. Moreover, you can use different settings for tables for different types of games. In addition, PokerStars software has created a large number of free and paid layouts that change the appearance of tables.

Traffic Overview

PokerStars concentrates more than half of all users in modern online poker at its tables. At peak times (late evening in Europe), the total number of players in the room exceeds 100 thousand people. Due to the large number of available tables and players from all over the world, PokerStars offers a variety of poker opportunities at any time of the day.
Most of all, you can see 6-max no-limit hold'em tables in the lobby at PokerStars. In the evening, they have a game with a limit from NL2 to NL10, 000. The second most popular tables are fast poker (Zoom). They have a game up to the NL500 limit. The number of connections at different limits can vary from 150 to 1,000. There are also plenty of opportunities for Omaha fans to play at PokerStars. During the day, there are dozens of tables in this discipline of any limits up to the highest. And both in the usual format, and in the form of Zoom. Currently, PokerStars Sochi is almost the only place in the world where you can play rare types of poker. Such as Studd, Razz, Badugi, 5-card Omaha and others.

The most popular type of SnG tournaments on Stars are lottery tournaments - Spin and Go. There are a total of nine limits available to players with buy-ins ranging from 25 cents to $500. Only PokerStars has good traffic in multi-table SNGs.

The number of MTTs in this room is estimated in the hundreds. Players with any bankroll size can take part in them, as buy-ins start at 11 cents. There are several series of regular tournaments. The most famous of them are held on Sunday. These are Sunday Million, Sunday Storm, Sunday Warm-Up and others. The room also hosts several tournament festivals - World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP)Turbo Series, MicroMIllions.

PokerStars Sochi Rake

The amount of rake in all types of poker at PokerStars depends on the limit. At low limits, it varies from 3.3% to 4.5%, from NL50 to NL600 it is equal to 5%, and at more expensive limits - 4.5%. Omaha has its own rake size up to and including the PLO25 limit, and then it becomes the same as at the corresponding Hold'em limits.

In Spins, the rake varies from 8.16% in the cheapest tournaments, to 5.16% in the most expensive ones.

In MTT with a buy-in of up to $20 - 11%, in more expensive ones-10%. In tournaments with rapidly growing blinds, the rake may be even lower.

In SnG, the commission rate is lowest for the smallest (HU) and high-speed tournaments with high buy - ins-from 1.5%, while in other CIS countries it can reach up to 10%.

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Stars Rewards Program

Stars Rewards - a loyalty system at PokerStars. According to it, any player receives special prize chests for a set of points when playing for real money. The speed at which points are collected, how they are linked to the rake, and the type of chests received depend on the user's game history. There are 6 types of chests in total: red, blue, bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Prizes from them drop out randomly and can change their size more than 10 times.

The size of the biggest prize in them is as follows:
- $100-red and blue;
- $500-bronze and silver;
- $1,000-gold and platinum.

The Stars Rewards rakeback amount should not exceed 5%.

First Deposit Bonus

PokerStars offers two options for the first deposit bonus:

1) First Deposit Bonus - 100% first deposit bonus up to $600.
It is activated by the code "STARS600" and can be split into three deposits within 60 days after the first one. Paid in installments of $10 for each 150 points. You are given 4 months to fight back. The first deposit bonus on PokerStars gives you approximately 27% rakeback.

2) $30 For a free game. The bonus code "THIRTY" can be used when making the first deposit with a ramer from$ 20. P


Rewards for a free game are provided as follows:

DayRewardWhat is the reward?
Day 1 10 tickets for spin-and-go tournaments with a buy-in of $0.50 10 chances to win $5,000
Day 2 5 tickets for $1 buy-in spin-and-go tournaments 5 chances to win $10,000
Day 3 5 tickets for $1 buy-in spin-and-go tournaments 5 chances to win $10,000
Day 4 $5 Play any games you want
Day 5 5 tickets for $1 buy-in spin-and-go tournaments 5 chances to win $10,000
Day 6 $5 Play any games you want

What can I say, there are a lot of games, a lot of foreigners. With registration, everything is elementary and there have never been any problems with the conclusions. Top room for me
The best poker software! The biggest guarantees of all the rooms! Hassle-free withdrawal of funds. in a short time
I've been playing for 7 years on starz, I like everything, except for the new loyalty system, of course
A good room. From the pros: A lot of games, the best software, fast cash out. Among the minuses: strong field
One of the best poker rooms I've ever played in, proven over the years. No matter how many times I tried to go "to the left", I always return to the Start Line. Never had any problems with the withdrawal of funds, no delays. High guarantees, excellent software and an abundance of tournaments - what could be better?! Read poker stars Sochi reviews and see for yourself.
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