The PokerStars poker room offers the most popular casino poker games in the world: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha High-Low, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High-Low, 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, Badugi, Razz, 8-Game Mix, Hold'em/Omaha and and HORSE. Click on any game for a detailed description of the rules. For new players, our Poker Basics section is highly recommended.
No matter which game you decide to play, you will always be playing against real people. Your fellow players may live down the street or halfway around the world. To help keep our games honest, and to be fair to all players, PokerStars only allows one account per player. Management reserves the right to close multiple accounts which we believe belong to the same player.
The minimum buy-in at any PokerStars table is ten times the amount of the bet on the lower betting rounds in fixed games, and twenty times the big blind in Pot Limit and No Limit games. For example, the minimum buy-in for a 10/20 fixed game is 100 play chips, and the minimum buy-in in 1/2 Pot Limit game is 40 play chips.
RAKE & TOURNAMENT FEES
Our goal at PokerStars is to create the most realistic online poker room experience as possible. In our Ring Games, a small portion (less than 5%) of the pot is taken from every hand that goes past the first betting round. In our tournaments, the fee consists of a small percentage of the buy-in and is paid upon registration.
When a player puts the last of his or her chips into a pot, that player is said to be all-in. An all-in player is not eligible to win any chips bet above his or her final bet. The excess part of the bet is either returned to the bettor, or used to form a side pot with another player or players who matched the amount bet. There is no limitation on the number of side pots. However, the all-in player will be eligible for the main pot, and therefore cannot be forced from the hand.
A player is allotted 25 seconds to act in fixed limit games and 35 seconds in Pot Limit and No Limit games. A warning message is displayed in the chat box when there are 15 seconds left to act. If a player is disconnected and returns before he or she is timed out, the player receives at least 10 seconds to act.
If a player fails to act within the allotted time while being connected, the player's hand is folded by the system.
More time to act is given when a player is disconnected and has play money invested in the pot. If there is a bet to a disconnected player, additional time will be added (not taken from the time bank) based on the pot size:
- no time added if up to 5 big blinds
- 15 seconds if the pot is more than 5 BB and up to 10 BB
- 30 seconds if the pot is more than 10 BB and up to 20 BB
- 60 seconds if the pot is more than 20 BB and up to 40 BB
- 120 seconds if the pot is more than 40 BB and up to 80 BB
- 240 seconds if the pot is more than 80 BB
When a player is disconnected and has no equity in the pot, the hand will be folded when the regular time allotted expires.
When there is a check to a disconnected player, the hand will be checked after the regular time allotted expires.
In the rare event of a server crash, all transactions will be posted to the players' accounts at the completion of each hand. When a hand cannot be completed, for any reason, all of the players' accounts will be restored to the way they were at the beginning of the hand. All bets are considered off, and a new hand will be dealt.
Note: All references using dollar signs ($) are for illustration only. Betting on PokerStars.net involves zero cash value 'play money' chips only.