Established in the year 2000, PokerStars is one of the leading poker sites in the UK and the biggest real money online poker site in the world. It has a wide range of tournaments, including freeroll tournaments, satellite tournaments and even live events, creating an engaging and varied experience for its players. In fact, back in 2003, Chris Moneymaker qualified for the WSOP via a Pokerstars tournament and went onto win the series, catalyzing the boom in online poker.
Pokerstars also offers a terrific range of generous promotions, including £20 Free Play to all new customers. Everyone who registers for a new account, uses the code TWENTY and makes a deposit of £10, is eligible for £20 in free play. The £20 us released over six days in the form of tournament tickets, but it’s a great way to introduce new customers to the Pokerstars product, allowing them to get a taste of various tables and find the one that is right for them.
Like many other poker sites, Pokerstars offers a competitive loyalty program, called Stars Rewards. The Stars Rewards program gives players points for playing real money games, which can be tracked in the player’s account. When the progress bar is filled up, players receive chests. There are six types of chests of differing sizes and values and in order to ‘level up’ to the next size chest, a player must win ten chests in a month.
It’s quite a complicated rewards program and has caused a bit of a stir among Pokerstars customers, but the program has gone from strength to strength since it’s launch. Although players cannot be certain as to what they will receive in their random prize chests, the rewards can be lucrative, often combining cash, rakeback and points boosts.
There are also temporary promotions run around the loyalty program, such as Zoom Early Bird. Open to all players, it allows customers to experience high-speed poker action by giving the first 10 players starting selected games 3x reward points, filling up their progress bars at a rapid rate. Spin & Go promotions are Pokerstars version of leaderboard promotions, allowing players to opt-in and climb the ladder ahead of other players to reach daily prizes. Spin & Go 10 requires players to compete in 10 daily Spin & Go’s for a share of a $5,000 prize pool, whereas Spin & Go 50 requires players to compete in 50 for a share of $16,500. For those players that want a shot at a jackpot, Spin & Go Flash gives players the chance to win up to 10,000 times their buy-in.