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This giant among online poker opportunities is, in its own words, "the world' largest poker site." When the home page of your Web site is graced by three of the Main Event champions in recent World Series of Poker history, it's not hard to guess why this site remains at the forefront of the online poker field.

The smiling faces of Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem greet players, to begin with. But a further look at Team PokerStars reveals that the team's members include the legendary Barry Greenstein, a great player formally known as Kid Poker – Daniel Negreanu, and one of the finest players around today on either side of the gender line, Isabelle Mercier. Then there are Tom McEvoy, Victor Ramdin, Vanessa Rousso….you get the idea.

However, PokerStars online site is much, much more than celebrity marketing and great introductory graphics. The company features excellent customer service through their live 24-hour, 7-days-a-week support system. PokerStars information pages are also quick to point out that all players on the site are live players, from your own community or from somewhere around the globe. PokerStars is proud of the fact that, like many of the leading sites, there are no paid players, house players or "bots" competing at its tables.

Still not enough to entice you? Well, PokerStars has some of the best online-poker software available and of course it's a free download. For new players, the site has an excellent "basic pokerbot
rules section," in addition to an extensive glossary of poker terms. Once the new player is familiar with the basics, he or she can choose from a wide variety of poker styles, including the ever-popular Texas Hold'Em, Omaha, Omaha High-Low, Seven Card Stud, Five Card Draw, 2 through 7 Triple Draw, Seven Card Stud High-Low, Razz and HORSE (the game that combines several of the most popular styles on a rotating basis). For those who enjoy the elimination action of tournaments, the Poker Stars tournament menu is packed full of choices. Tables with pot-limit and no-limit are available, in addition to a range of structured-limit games.

While PokerStars is certainly a popular poker site for those who have significant entertainment bankrolls, the poker rooms are also friendly to the recreational player and the micro-limit player. The huge selection of tables includes $0.02/$0.04 blinds and everything up to $100/$200 blinds. For those wishing to put a bit more on the table, there are also $400 buy-in challenges.

Being one of the largest online poker sites around also allows PokerStars to offer some of the finest promotions and bonus events around. The site's Frequent Player Points (FPP) system is widely considered one of the most attractive such programs among all online poker opportunities. Players can use their points to enter tournaments, purchase clothing and other apparel, buy electronic items and so on.

In addition to Frequent Player Points, PokerStars opportunities include:

  • A first-time deposit bonus up to $50.
  • PokerStars Masterclass – This is a chance to gain invaluable knowledge from the great Barry Greenstein. His Poker Masterclass allows PokerStars players to fine-tune their playing skills by using Frequent Player Points to buy into a HORSE Sit & Go. Greenstein will be at the table.
  • European Poker Tour – PokerStars offers satellite tournaments for the current season of this popular tour. Players can win a seat at what is recognized as "Europe's most prestigious poker tournament."
  • PokerStars also offers the Caribbean Adventure, the largest poker event in this part of the world. Players have the opportunity to participate in the Caribbean action by winning a satellite tournament on PokerStars.
  • As if that wasn't enough to get the attention of the serious, globe-hopping player, PokerStars has made connections with the Asia Pacific Poker Tour as well! The first season begins in Manila, in the Philippines and continues through Seoul, South Korea and Sydney, Australia. More dates are in the planning stages, but players can already get into satellites to qualify for this exciting new series.

One of the most popular activities on the PokerStars site is Sunday Million. This is, by all counts, the longest-running and largest weekly tournament to be found anywhere on the Web. Players have the opportunity to compete for a minimum of $1 million in prize money very Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. But if waiting for this great tournament is difficult, PokerStars also has the Sunday Warm-Up at 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time. This preliminary event has a prize pool that is guaranteed to be at least $400,000 each week.

It would be quite easy to go on and on about the opportunities and excitement available at PokerStars. But the best way to find out about this quality site is to step in the "front door."

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