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Poker Stars

Written by: on 3rd November 2008
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Poker Stars

Arguably the best and most well known online poker room today, PokerStars, has come a long way. Stars was one of the originators of online poker and has been around since 2001. From its starting days, PokerStars had always been competing (and usually losing) with the (back then) dynamite PartyPoker. It was in early 2006 that Stars started to make its move, implementing a ton of new software changes, brand new tournaments, an amazing FPP system, and breakthrough technology that began winning over many players. And once PartyPoker closed its cash services to US customers in November of 2006, PokerStars' numbers grew to amazing new heights, over 9 million registered users!

Since 2002, PokerStars has been the host of the WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker). It has grown beyond anyone's expectations since it started, from just 9 events and under $1 million in prize pools to 45 events and over $40 million in 2009. This is the most prestigious online series today, and it is still growing. WCOOP 2008 proved to be the largest yet! There were a total of 33 events, with $30 million guaranteed. That is twice as much money as 2007! The main event alone was a $10 million guaranteed with a buy-in of $5200. First place awarded over $1,000,000! If you can't afford direct buy-ins to the WCOOP, or any of PokerStars' tournaments, satellites are almost always running. Be sure to check out PokerStars for your shot at the next WCOOP!

PokerStars is a registered legal business located in the Isle of Man, in the British Isles and is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. Their random number generator has been audited and approved by two independent organizations, BMM International and Cigital, Inc.



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