PokerStars gives you a choice of two convenient ways of accessing its games: I guess the only thing which did change was I really went for it on each Sunday. Fortunately April was kind to me and things finally started to pick up, so hopefully I have turned a corner and I won't have to go job hunting just yet. If limit or no limit hold 'em is the only game that interests you, simply choose your stakes from micro-stakes to high limit, and at any hour of the day or night, you will be seated immediately. By changes I mean they have ballsed them up complet Yet I ran so bad in October that I was seriously beginning to wonder whether there was some kind of virus on my computer or something! But I sort of re-set myself on the first of April a fool-proof plan.
While many of these players are pros and aspiring pros, the site also attracts large numbers of recreational players who enjoy the game and are hoping to improve their skills. Not that you need any more incentive to play at this online poker powerhouse, but you get it in the form of a PokerStars welcome bonus, which is thrown your way as soon as you sign up and use code Marketing Code CCPS. A strong loyalty rewards program and promotions galore keep the playing incentives high, while around the clock ring games and tournaments will keep the competition in full flow.
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All players' deposited funds are kept in a separate account, apart from that used for the site's operating expenses.
In addition, the use of advanced encryption methods - for both online and for mobile play - ensures the complete protection and privacy of every account. On the other hand, if you are new to the game or haven't played in a while, you are welcome to play for free until such time as you are comfortable playing for real money. Last but certainly not least, the endorsement by internationally known poker luminaries like Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein provide further assurance of the site's credibility.
However, assuming you own a supported device, you should be very pleased. The PokerStars apps are much more advanced than those offered by many other leading sites, as they've really been able to steal a march on the competition in this department.
In order to be able to use your mobile phone or tablet to play at PokerStars, you will need to register and set up an account. You can do so either on your computer or through the web cashier on the downloaded mobile app itself. In fact, all of your deposits and withdrawals, including any poker jackpots, can be made with your mobile device if you so desire. Depending on what type of device you own, you will need to choose the appropriate app to download.
Once again, the PokerStars app is available for use on:. Android device owners can download the app for Android directly from the PokerStars website. Downloading and using the PokerStars mobile apps is free, but, with the exception of the PokerStars Clock see below , they do require you to have an active Internet connection.
If you are new to mobile poker play, we recommend you look at the onsite tutorials specifically designed for handset and tablet users. As mentioned, you will be pleasantly surprised by all of the options open to you as a mobile player. In addition to using your mobile device to do all of your banking, you can access all of the same bonuses and promotions as computer players, play in the same games and tournaments, track and chat with other players, review your hand history and withdraw your poker jackpot.
Many online poker rooms and casinos turn to outside providers - and sometimes a combination of providers - for their software needs. However, PokerStars uses state-of-the-art software developed in-house by its own experts. PokerStars software is continually being updated and improved upon, taking advantage of the latest innovations in online and mobile gaming technology to bring you new games and advanced features that keep this site ahead of the competition.
PokerStars gives you a choice of two convenient ways of accessing its games: Surprisingly, this site doesn't offer a no download, instant play Flash version. Without this option, unless you are home or in a place where you can use your laptop, mobile play is your only alternative. Ordinarily, the trade-off for the convenience of being able to use your mobile device to play anytime, anywhere, is a very limited selection of games. That isn't the situation at PokerStars.
Virtually all of the games and advanced features that make playing on the computer a fun and exciting experience are also available on your smartphone or tablet. Whether you choose to download the PokerStars software onto your computer, or download the appropriate app for your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android smartphone or tablet, it won't matter at all in terms of your playing options.
Either way, downloading is quick and easy and the instructions are clear enough that you should be able to follow them without a problem, even if you are new to this type of play.
You can also switch back and forth between playing online and using your mobile device. Even if you are on your computer in the middle of a tournament and have to step away, you can pick up practically where you left off on your smartphone or tablet. What makes these additional options even better is that they are available to online and mobile players alike.
The following are some of them. But, if you would rather make a smaller deposit initially and make another deposit or two later, as long as it is within the day time frame, the second and third deposits will also count. If you prefer to deposit less, you are free to do so and you will still get a PokerStars welcome bonus, but a smaller one requiring less playthrough to clear.
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You are given four months all together to earn enough VPPs to clear the bonus in its entirety. The VPPs were already mentioned in connection with clearing the PokerStars welcome bonus, but actually, these points serve double duty because they also determine your ranking in the seven-tiered VIP program.
The seven levels are:. All players start out at the Bronze level, but with the opportunity to keep advancing to a higher level. Each successive level requires a certain minimum number of VPPs that must be earned each month or year for the Supernova and Supernova Elite levels both to qualify for and maintain that status.
In return, each higher tier not only brings with it bigger rewards, but allows the player to earn points faster towards even more rewards.
FPPs are also based on play, but unlike the VPPs, these points can be redeemed for cash or used for tournament buy-ins or poker gear and other merchandise from the VIP store.
In addition to the monthly rewards that all players receive, end-of-year Stellar Rebate rewards are handed out based on total number of VPPs. Higher tier players also receive invitations to exclusive VIP tournaments for players at their level and higher. Their exclusive benefits include personal concierge service, prioritized support, invitations to live events, a Porsche Cayman S, massive bonuses all year long, and VIP yearly milestone rebates.
In addition to the above-mentioned loyalty rewards, PokerStars. Some of these are short-term promotions, so be sure to check the website often, as cash prizes, freerolls, satellites for seats to major events are the kinds of opportunities being offered that you won't want to miss. Poker is anything but a one-dimensional game, something that PokerStars certainly understands.
Choice is often the call of the day when you choose to play the cards, with PokerStars spreading the action across cash games, tournament play, and more. If limit or no limit hold 'em is the only game that interests you, simply choose your stakes from micro-stakes to high limit, and at any hour of the day or night, you will be seated immediately.
But, if you would rather play something else that's no problem either. First, you need to decide whether you want to play for virtual money or real money. Then you will be asked to define your search further. For example, if you wish to play in a real money cash game, you need to specify the type of game, fixed limit or no limit if applicable, and the stakes you want to play for Micro, Low, Medium, or High.
You can also click on the Quick Seat button and be seated right away at the game of your choice. Besides all of the obvious games, as you may be aware, another variation of poker that seems to be all the rage lately is fast-fold poker.
You don't have to wait for your turn to fold your hand; you can do so beforehand, and soon as you do, you are immediately moved to a new table with a completely new set of players. Zoom Poker can be played in tournaments as well as in cash games and even heads-up. However, it is strictly for low stakes, so take that into consideration before you start playing. Any player who loves the excitement of tournament play will love the seemingly endless list of options that PokerStars has to offer.
You will find that not only are there tournaments taking place at all hours of the day and night, but at a very wide range of buy-ins, from micro-stakes up to hundreds of dollars.
Or, if you prefer, you can play risk-free in a freeroll or with virtual money. In fact, this site even offers what it calls super-size stack tournaments, which give the illusion of being played for big money except that instead of real money, they use virtual funds. I'm sure having three children as opposed to two will throw up some challenges for me and my wife as they grow up, but needless to say we feel very blessed with our family.
Online poker has been up and down this year, or I should say down and up. But I sort of re-set myself on the first of April a fool-proof plan. I vowed to exercise before each session I played, made some study-based goals as I had been getting lazy at studying this tends to happen when running bad for a while, but it is the most important time to study , and essentially forget the first three months of the year really happened.
Fortunately, since then things have been going much better so I have put the McDonald's application form away for the time being.
I haven't dabbled in the live poker arena much this year. I travelled down-under for the Aussie Millions for the third consecutive year. It's been rather a long time since I posted on the blog, almost 18 months, and in truth I haven't really been active for about 3 years.
I don't have an especially good reason for the absence except that I'm a fairly busy person, and the time I don't spend either playing poker or studying poker I try and spend with my wife and two children. On the other hand, half an hour here or there isn't exactly a huge commitment!
Given the amount of hits the blog still gets I surpassed one million hits earlier in the year, having hit half a milly in July it would be a shame to just let it die.
I must have had the old design for about 5 years, and a lick of fresh paint seems like a nice motivator to post a bit more often. So my last update was my Aussie Millions report from I've managed to go on a few other poker trips since then. I went to Vegas last year, in which I got my first two WSOP event cashes, but unfortunately my th and th place finishes didn't exactly set my world ablaze. I attended the Aussie Millions for a second consecutive year in January this year having won another satellite on PokerStars.
Unfortunately I bust the Main Event pretty quickly, and I think I set a record for least time spent in Australia as I left 3 days after arriving! Yes, this meant I was in the air nearly as long as I was on the ground! This might seem kind of silly to many of you, but I was on my own, had already done a bunch of stuff the year before and wanted to get home to my kids.
I'll actually be returning for a 3rd time next January, so hopefully next years exploits warrant a longer trip! Me on the Melbourne Star, Jan I've also been on two poker trips this year with my old friend Dan Carter, who I actually met on a final table back in , and another mate of ours JP. We went over to Marbella for a few days for the Estellas Poker Tour event there in June which was very nice.
He even got a novelty cheque helping him transport this home was a fairly comical scene, featuring a random lady on the tram asking to take his picture with the cheque because her son liked poker, lolz! It was a somewhat disappointing result as I began the table chip leader but lost all my important showdowns.
This was for nearly half the chips in play and would have put me in a great spot to win, but alas he got there. However I could easily have finished 6th at this point so laddering up to 3rd wasn't a bad result in the end, and of course I had run well at times earlier in the tournement to make it to the final table. Online poker has been ticking along for me. Lately I've been reducing my table count to around the mark which I'm finding quite enjoyable. I'm also playing a few less turbos these days.
It is unquestionable that poker is gradually getting tougher, so it is imperative to stay ahead of the curve. So I'm trying my best to make sure I can still earn money from this game which I've been playing professionally for about 10 years now!
Right off the bat in I had some rather odd fortune. Except, it didn't get cancelled. I won that too. But now I have to go to Australia at the beginning of February. Now that sounds pretty awesome, but it was a bitter-sweet feeling for me as I'd be leaving my 2 young children behind for the first time, with my wife having to cope with the little monkeys. My compromise was to only go for a few days. I actually only ended up being there for 6 days, which is a bloody long way to travel for such a short time!
Actually, though, I didn't find the journey too painful. When you have two kids you never really get the time to just sit down and do nothing.
So I was actually pretty happy getting to sit, chill, do some reading and watch a film or two that weren't made by Disney for a change! I was regged up for 1C the day after I got there but fired away at 1B on the day I arrived instead, which was a bold move but I slept really well on the flights and felt like it would be fine. I actually took what I consider to be the worst beat of my poker career.
Maybe not equity wise as it was still early on in the tournament. However, this was the biggest buy-in tournament I'd ever played, I just traveled 24 hours solely to play it and just a few hours after landing I get this beauty: Tim Slater a British reg of all people opens from early position in Level 5. Tim bets, I peel, BTN peels. Turn is a Jack. River is a J. He calls with J9os. Unfortunately a couple of hours in to Day Two I got it in with a combo draw vs 2 pair and didn't get there.
It made sense to take a shot in a few tournaments while I had the opportunity in soft fields given that I had traveled all the way to Australia, but after not having the best 4 months online prior to this the bankroll depletion wasn't particularly well timed.
The few weeks after Oz didn't go particularly well either, which equated to about a 6 month spell of suckiness, by far the worst run in my poker career. Fortunately April was kind to me and things finally started to pick up, so hopefully I have turned a corner and I won't have to go job hunting just yet.
Here's a few pics of Australia. I enjoyed the few days I was there, although being on my own was a bit of a bummer. Melbourne is a really lovely city though, I enjoyed the touristy bits that I managed to do and it was pretty sick going for a morning jog alongside the river. Sick view from my room! Although there is no tangible reward, aside from my lobby and VPP count sporting the 1 million Hall of Fame badge booooommmm , it's kind of a cool milestone to reach. The good sports at PokerStars support provided me with a lifetime audit so I could work out a yearly breakdown of VPPs: Reaching this milestone would have felt rather underwhelming had I not recently managed to dig myself out of my largest ever downswing or at least after my high stakes cash game days pre It has been quite the most extreme ride on the variance rollercoaster over the last 2 months.
Consequently I was feeling pretty pleased with myself. I even made a couple of frivolous purchases; something I rarely do just because I happen to have experienced some positive variance.
Little did I know I was about to be brutally punished for this. I went on an absolute death run in everything. Those of you that have followed my blog when I used to update much more regularly! Still, I've taken a few swings that felt kind of rough before. I've never experienced anything quite like this, though. Perhaps I have been particularly fortuitous in my poker career to have avoided such a death run until now.
I can't deny I have had the odd particularly lucky bink Winning the Sunday Supersonic was ridiculous, so was my 3rd place in the Monte Carlo although it was kind of due but that's a difficult claim to make when it comes to live poker tournaments , but when you go on a death run, any previous fortune is quickly forgotten. I suppose I was technically stretching the truth, as I did actually have a losing month in February However I only played games that month because my daughter was born then.
Other than that though, it was true. Monthly Profit Chart does not factor in rakeback Well October changed all that. I sat down at my computer and just started losing.