Sat, Mar 28, 5:26pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 1:00am
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New Player Bonus: 100% up to $600
Marketing Code: PSP20201
PokerStars is the biggest name in online poker, and for good reason. With more than 40,000 active players and over 1,500 live tournaments regularly in action at any given moment, no other site offers Australians quite the same spread of live Internet poker options. Add in an industry-leading software platform, Mac compatibility and AUD real money bonuses, and you can see why WSOP champions such as Chris Moneymaker and Australia’s Joe Hachem play with PokerStars.
When you register with PokerStars, you can claim up to AUD $600 free on your first cash deposit. Here’s how it works:
Not sure what “100% up to $600” means? It’s simple. Whatever amount you transfer into your account on that first deposit, PokerStars will give you the same number in complementary credits. So, for example: if you deposit $100, you will get another $100 free; if you deposit $250, you will get another $250 free.
With PokerStars, this AUD bonus can be claimed across three deposits within 60 days of the first transaction. So, for instance: you could deposit $200 first up, then $250 next time around, and then another $150 on the third transfer – all of it matched 100% for $600 free cash in total. Remember to use the bonus code PSP20201 for each transaction.
On the downside, this bonus cash is usually released in $10 increments as you pass certain loyalty milestones by claiming VIP Player Points (VPPs). That’s just one of several key terms and conditions involved, so we suggest heading to the PokerStars website to get the full scoop first.
PokerStars always has thousands of live online poker tournaments on the go, from simple sit-and-go poker up to lucrative regular events with million-dollar prize pools. There’s also a wealth of promotions and special offers in play for Aussie poker enthusiasts every week. Below is just a smidgeon of what’s on offer when you join up at PokerStars.com.
The Australian New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) has been a huge success since its inception in 2009, bringing world-class poker events to venues in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Auckland. PokerStars runs regular online ANZTP satellites, giving Aussies and Kiwis the chance to win their way through to the Main Event and compete against some of the very best local and international players.
This is the grandaddy of all weekly online poker tournaments, with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000 every Sunday. Buy in direct for $215, or qualify through one of the hundreds of PokerStars Sunday Millions satellites during the week – some of which cost as little as $0.55 to enter.
If you like your Internet hold’em tourneys fast and furious, you’ll love the TCOOP. This special series of turbo SNG poker runs once a year and has proved immensely popular, with the 2014 TCOOP tournament drawing more than $23,000,000 in prize money all told.
PokerStars runs dedicated online Omaha tournaments every day of the week. Most of these feature a modest buy-in between $5 and $30, with the lowest daily prize pool a guaranteed $2000. The games on offer are pot limit Omaha and no-limit Omaha hi/lo.
This is a sit & go leaderboard event divided into eight different buy-in levels, from Mercury ($3 and under) up to Jupiter ($300 and up). Each division has two separate leaderboards: one for the serious regular players, and the other for the more casual gamblers. Around $2,500,000 in prize money goes through the Battle of the Planets every year, which makes this a great opportunity for recreational players to win some serious cash.
The PokerStars desktop download package is renowned as one of the best online gambling interfaces around. This free suite gives us the complete digital poker experience, allowing us access to thousands of real money poker rooms from our home PC or laptop. It doesn’t cost a dime and only takes only a few minutes to install and run, while regular software updates means we always have the smoothest, most reliable gameplay possible.
And there’s great news for Apple users out there, as PokerStars also offers its award-winning software client for Mac OS. Even in this day and age, this is a rarity – many poker sites do not support the Apple Mac operating system at all. So if you don’t use Microsoft Windows and want to play real cash hold’em on the Web, PokerStars.com is your best bet.
The desktop software and the download process is 100% secure and comes with full protection against spyware, malware, and all those other creepy crawlies lurking in the darkest corners of the Web. Click here to install the free PokerStars software package now.
The PokerStars real-money mobile app is a non-market application, and can be installed on phones and tablets which are open-source platforms and allow the installation of external (non-market) apps. Apple does not allow the installation of such applications, so unfortunately for iOS users, you aren’t able to play at PokerStars on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the mobile button at the top of this review page, or tap this link to see if your device is compatible with the PokerStars app.
PokerStars boasts a veritable banquet of game styles. No limit Texas hold’em is king of the castle, of course, but there’s also numerous Omaha and seven-card stud variations, along with some more obscure offerings for those looking for a taste of something different.
Here’s just a few of the poker games available:
And that’s just the game styles – there’s all kinds of twists regarding tournament setups and betting rules. Create your own room, invite your friends, and make your own house rules.
Using real Australian money at PokerStars is safe, simple and completely secure. Only the most trusted transaction methods are accepted, including a selection of fast deposit methods which get the cash in our account instantly so we can hit the poker rooms straight away. Processing times and transaction limits can vary from method to method, so check the PokerStars site for more details.
Accepted fast deposit methods for the Aussie dollar:
(*No AUD withdrawals)
PokerStars has a stellar reputation for its customer service setup worldwide. No, there isn’t a live chat feature – which is unusual for an online gambling site in this day and age, let alone a giant of the industry. But you don’t need that kind of tech when the people behind the desk are so good at what they do. Whether you fill in the contact form or shoot them an email, the PokerStars support staff will sort you out pronto. No problem is too big, too small, or too unusual for these guys – they know their stuff. There’s also an extensive FAQ portal for those who like to take the DIY approach.