PokerStars UK Review for UK Players

PokerStars UK was one of the largest sites around until the FBI decided to take action and blocked US players. But that unfortunate event and the fact that PokerStars moved to has not kept the site down. Established in 2000, PokerStars remains the only poker room offering a separate Apple Mac compatible poker download. features their own pro players including, among others, Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu and former WSOP main event champions Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, Chris Moneymaker and Joe Hachem. You can now take them all on to see who's the better player. Ahem!

In addition, the range of tournaments, freeroll tournaments, and satellites is second to none. In fact, if there are any tournaments you'd like to take a crack at, they're probably to be found at! But you can also expect top quality in several of the characteristics of an attractive online poker site:

  • An easily cleared 100% up to £600 bonus.
  • Slick, intuitive apps for PC, Apple mobile, and Android mobile devices.
  • A lot of safe, secure, and fast transaction options for deposits and withdrawals.
  • Prompt, courteous, and informative customer service email responses.
Banking Options

Games and Tournaments

UK PokerStars offers every type of game imaginable at every possible limit, from $0.01/0.02 to several hundred dollar blinds. Player traffic remains extremely high, even after the loss of US players. The NLHE section is the busiest, with an amazing amount of tables to choose from no matter what limits you play. There are plenty of active tables for the Razz, Stud and Omaha player from as little as $0.01/0.02. 5CD and 2-7TD HORSE/HOSE tables are also found here. Simply check the "Other Games" tab in the software to be dazzled by the selection.

There are thousands of tournaments to choose from on PokerStars UK each day, including freerolls, specials, qualifiers, shootouts, heads-up, and guaranteed. You name it - they've got it. New MTTs and SNGs start up every minute, so you'll never have to wait if you are in a playing mood. has quite a few feature tournaments, including the "Sunday Million", the annual WCOOP series, and qualifiers to nearly all EPT/WPT and WSOP events, as well as the "Caribbean Adventure". It's an extremely impressive line-up.

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Promotions and Support

The poker bonus for new players is currently set at 100%, up to £600. Not much in terms of money, but it's relatively easy to clear. You will need to accumulate 10 Base Frequent Player Point (Base "FPPs") for every bonus dollar. At normal rate, this bonus can be cleared in a matter of days playing NL/PL/FL $1/2 ring games or low to medium stakes MTTs/SnGs. Frequent Player Points can be used to purchase items in the FPP Store or as buy-ins for selected tournaments. Becoming a VIP Club member will have you earning FPPs faster, and also allow you to enter special freeroll tournaments and exclusive tournaments to UK PokerStars. See the PokerStars site at for more details. does not have customer support phone service, but it really doesn't matter. All emails are promptly answered and contain every bit of info and help you might need. No matter your question, expect an answer within hours. That's pure excellence considering the volume of emails responds to every day.


Depositing and withdrawing funds on PokerStars UK is easy. Neteller, VISA, Mastercard, WU, Moneybookers, ePassporte, Diners Club, Bank Wire, Money Order, and Cashier's Checks plus a few more will all work just fine. However, there's no Maestro support, and you may find your MasterCard use limited by your bank. Withdrawals to e-wallets like Neteller and Moneybookers are instant up to the amount purchased, where by "instant" we mean that the money will appear in your account the second you make a withdrawal. Withdrawals by check/cheque and bank wire takes 3-7 days, again very good considering how many cashouts requests handles every day.


Tired of waiting for a table to fill up or a tournament to start? Well, then, what are you waiting for? We can honestly say PokerStars UK provides 100% poker action from the moment you log in. Bigger does not always mean better, but in this case is does. simply is - and probably always will be - the best and most popular online poker room, even after the FBI tried to shut it down. Good luck at the tables!

Overall Rating: 4/5

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