PokerStars Review



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  • More traffic than any other site
  • 100% deposit bonus up to $600
  • The biggest weekly guaranteed tournaments available


  • Games are often tougher than at other sites
  • Can be difficult to get a seat in some freerolls due to large player base


Review Of PokerStars For South Africans

Since launching in 2001, PokerStars has gone on to be come the largest South Africa poker site and indeed the largest in the world. With more than 100,000 players online at any one time, and with an average of 25,000 cash game players across its tables, the site dwarfs its competitors.

PokerStars' parent company, Rational Group, also owns Full Tilt Poker, and this gives South African online poker players the unique opportunity to transfer funds between the two sites if they have an account on each one. However earlier this year Rational Group was bought buy Canadian company Amaya Gaming for $4.9bn, with the takeover completing in August. While the ownership has changed, the factors that make PokerStars so great for South African players remain the same.

Larger Than Life Guarantees

With many of the largest online poker tournaments, including the $1m guaranteed Sunday Million and the $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up, PokerStars is the largest of all poker sites accepting South African players and offers the best chance to win big. What's more, the poker room, optimised for Mac, PC, mobile and tablet, offers regular seasonal poker series like the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and the Micro Millions, ensuring players of all budgets are catered to. However PokerStars does not currently allow play in South African Rand.

Many players believe PokerStars has the best software of pretty much any South Africa poker site, and while this is up for debate the amount of traffic is not. Unlike some smaller poker sites accepting South African players, with PokerStars you should be able to find a cash game or tournament running at your preferred stakes 24/7.

A Great VIP Program

PokerStars' VIP program is one of the best around, allowing players to purchase tournament entries and other goodies, or even one-off cash bonuses. This made it popular with Americans as well as South Africans until it left the USA market in 2011. The only downside to this is that some tournaments still cater more to American time zones, but tournaments (often with large guaranteed prize pools) are available all around the clock.

It also has a world-renowned customer support team, who can be reached by email, live chat or social media 24 hours a day. The PokerStars website is very informative and provides answers to a great number of questions about pretty much anything you could think of.

The PokerStars welcome bonus is also great for new players, offering a huge 100% match bonus up to $600.

How We Reviewed PokerStars

Our team of experienced South African online poker players knows what to look out for in a site, and they know that the best way to find out whether an online poker room is up to scratch is by playing at that site. Our reviewers have put in the hours at to make sure you know exactly what to expect.We examined factors such as customer service, ease of deposits/withdrawals, game variety and tournament prize-pools.

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