PokerStars is an online poker room based in the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. PokerStars was founded in September 2001 by the resident in Costa Rica company Rational Enterprises. Poker Stars is licensed in the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. With a market value of three billion dollars PokerStars, the largest privately-owned gambling company and the largest poker room in the world.
The online poker site offers ten variations of poker games at: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi / Lo ( 8 or Better ), Stud, Stud High / Low, Draw Poker, Badugi, Razz, 2-7 Triple Draw and 2-7 Single Draw. The limits currently be up to 1000/2000 U.S. dollars. In addition to the cash games also different Turniermodi and spontaneous Sit & Gos are offered.
PokerStars funds a stop on the EPT ( PokerStars Caribbean Adventure) and is the main sponsor of the European Poker Tour. The page also organizes the World Championship of Online Poker, the world's biggest online poker tournament series.
The increased since 2003 influence of the Internet on the game of poker, among other things, the WSOP Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer have qualified via PokerStars.
In 2005, the website of eGaming Review for the Best Poker Operator of the Year (original Best Poker Operator of the Year ) has been appointed. In 2006, the Bluff Magazine Poker Stars has named the best poker site.
Under Pokerstars.net and Pokerstars.de it is only possible to play play money.
In summer 2007, PokerStars took the side Full Contact Poker ( FCP). Since then, Daniel Negreanu part of Team PokerStars, the Chairman of FCP was. All players were transferred together with their money at PokerStars.
On 19 July 2009 the largest ever online poker tournament with a number of participants from 65,000 players took on PokerStars, as part of a Guinness World Record attempt, instead. This PokerStars surpassed their own 28 December 2008 established a world record of 35,000 players to all 30,000 players. On December 27, 2009 Poker Stars again set a world record with 149 196 players, surpassing the established world record of 19 July 2009, at 84 196 poker players. The first last world record was set on June 16, 2013 225,000 attendees. On February 23, 2014 this should be surpassed with 230,000 participants, what it did not come with 211 619 players participating.
On 15 April 2011 at 19:30 CET, the domain pokerstars.com seized with the domains of three competitors from the FBI on suspicion of illegal gambling activities after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Players in the United States has been banned by PokerStars access to PokerStars. According to PokerStars, the service to other players and especially their credit is not affected.
Meanwhile, the credit of all U.S. players have been paid, and PokerStars has withdrawn from the U.S. market. In addition, an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice ( DOJ) has been made, which allows PokerStars to re- use the PokerStars.com domain.
Total played on PokerStars over 100 billion hands.
PokerStars has signed contracts with professional poker players who provide the players entry fees for certain tournaments. This Team PokerStars consists of some of the most successful poker players in the world, including are:
Chad Brown, Gavin Griffin, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer, Isabelle Mercier, Humberto Brenes, Tom McEvoy, Chris Moneymaker, Noah Boeken, Bertrand Grospellier, André Akkari, John Duthie, Steve Paul- Ambrose, Vanessa Rousso, Luca Pagano, Victor Ramdin, Dario Minieri, William Chen Alexander Kravchenko, Ivan Demidov, Peter Eastgate, Joseph Cada and Liv Boeree and in the meantime also the Swedish poker player Viktor Blom, who under the alias "Isildur1 " the high-stakes online poker scene held in suspense.
In addition, there are teams that are made up of players of individual nations. In Germany play for the team PokerStars.de the player Jan Heitmann, George Danzer and Michael Keiner. Natalie farm was included as a Friend of PokerStars.de the team on 1 October 2013.