Poker Stars Review

Summary: When you think about online five card draw, one poker software stands out as the best, and it is Poker Stars. This poker room not only is a leader in online Texas Hold’em, but provide many options for the 5 card draw player. Poker Stars is the world’s largest online poker room, achieving more than 150,000 simultaneous players in peak hours, and has the largest online poker tournament of the world, the Poker Stars Sunday Million (Texas Holdem).

Software Details

Download Version: Yes
No-Download Version: No
Windows Compatible: Yes
Mac/Linux Compatible: Yes (separate download)

Graphics: Very clean and good quality
Speed: Very fast
Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese
Games Stats: Average Pot Size, Viewed-Flop %, Hands Played Per Hour, Seated Players & Stack Size, Players Waiting
Special Features: Notes; hand history; customizable; multi-table view; resizable tables; custom avatars

Five Card Draw Games

  • Cash games (ring games): Fixed Limit
  • Sit and Goes: Pot Limit
  • Multi-table tournaments: Fixed Limit, Pot Limit

Tournaments (highlights)

1. Poker Stars Sunday Million: $1,000,000 guaranteed (Texas Hold’em)

2. Poker Stars Sunday Warm-Up: $500,000 guaranteed (Texas Hold’em)

3. Daily guaranteed tournaments throughout the week: prizes from a few thousand to $50,000.

4. Freerolls: $250 three times a day (Texas Hold’em); $1,000 freeroll every Saturday (Texas Hold’em); other freerolls that give entries to bigger tournaments.

Player Traffic

Most traffic is found in Texas Hold’em, but 5 Card Draw attracts about 250 simultaneous players, more than enough for some good games.

Welcome Bonus

New members of Poker Stars get a 100% bonus on their first deposit, up to $600. The bonus is released as you gain player points (VPPs), usually within a few weeks. You have 6 months to clear this bonus.

Frequent Player Program (VIP program)

You get FPPs for playing in real money games – both ring games and tournaments. You can use the FPPs to release bonuses, enter special tournaments or exchange for products from the Poker Stars store.


This poker room has the fastest support of the market, by e-mail. They reply your requests usually within a few hours.

Payment Methods

Deposit Methods: Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Visa Delta, Visa Electron, Visa Gift/Pre-Paid Card, MasterCard Gift/Pre-Paid Card, Diners Club International, Solo, Maestro), ELV, ClickandBuy, NETeller, Moneybookers, PaySafeCard, Web Money, eChecks, Online Bank Transfer, Local Bank Transfer, Cashier’s Check, Money Order, Bank Draft.

Withdrawal Methods: Visa, Solo, Maestro, ClickandBuy, NETeller, Moneybookers, Web Money, Direct Bank Transfer, Check.

Methods highlighted in bold are available to players in the U.S.A.