There are numerous online poker rooms on the Internet. With so many to choose from, it can be challenging to select one poker room over another. Certainly, customers desire huge bonuses and lots of tournaments and ring games. If a question arises, top of the line support should be at your fingertips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions. Their software should be cutting edge and should run flawlessly on any machine, including Macs. All these criteria point to one poker room: PokerStars. PokerStars is the largest online poker room in the world and is known to have customer service that is second to none. Their software is regularly raising the bar and they have a separate client for Mac users. Players looking to start playing online poker should download PokerStars right away.
Beginning your PokerStars experience is a piece of cake. New players must go to their site and download PokerStars' installation program. The installation file is 10.6 megabytes large and should download in less than a minute using most bandwidth connections. After players download PokerStars, the next step is to install it onto their machine. PokerStars has made it a snap for players to install their poker room. Generally, players should click the "Next" button on each step until the program is installed. For a more in-depth look at the PokerStars setup wizard, please read the next paragraph. If you have gone ahead and installed the PokerStars client, the next paragraph can be bypassed.
The PokerStars setup wizard is a cinch to understand. The file is called "PokerStarsInstall.exe." Running this application will open a window that lets players choose from 26 languages to install the PokerStars software client. After selecting a language and clicking next, players are shown the license terms before installing. To continue with the installation, players must consent to these terms. It is advised that all players read this agreement prior to installation. Lastly, players will see the final installation page. Players can choose from Express install or Custom install. Custom install gives players the option to choose where to put desktop shortcuts, install an Internet Explorer toolbar, and create a specific folder to install the PokerStars application. The whole installation will only take up about 50 Megabytes of hard drive space, a small percentage of the huge hard drives installed in computers today.
After installing and opening PokerStars, players are taken to the lobby and are asked to create a new account. The first screen gives players the option to choose a Username and create a password. A password must be eight characters long, may not contain the User ID, must start with a letter, must contain at minimum one number, and may not start with the letters "tmp". It is recommended players create a long password with an array of letters and numbers which would be nearly impossible to guess. Remember that your hard-earned bucks is on the line! The PokerStars password gauge appraises the strength of one's password. When it turns green, the password is secure and hard to guess.
After making a User ID and password, players may create an avatar to go along with their online name. Note that this step is completely optional. The next screen prompts players for their personal information. A player's full name, sex, city, country, and email address are all necessary to create an account at PokerStars. All other fields are optional.
The next screen will ask users to certify they are over 18 years of age. After confirming and clicking the "Next" button, players come to a page where they are asked to enter a marketing code. This window is the most important part of the installation process. To Play in FlopTurnRiver's exclusive monthly freerolls and money-added tournaments, players must enter "STARS600" as the marketing code. Also, it would be helpful to choose "Web Site" and type in "FlopTurnRiver.com" as a means of finding PokerStars.
After clicking "Next >" twice more, players are ready to dive into the world of online poker at the largest poker site in the world. The next step is to deposit money onto Stars. This step is very simple to do, especially using eChecks. When making the first deposit, be sure to qualify for the initial deposit bonus by using the Bonus Code STARS600. This will also allow players access to exclusive monthly freerolls and tournaments. After the deposit, players can start playing at any table of their choosing. Make sure you download PokerStars today!