Where else to play poker online (real poker, not video poker) than in online cardrooms. PokerStars is one of the best and the most famous, but also much more. This cardroom bears witness to a momentous event that would spark the poker craze that lasted from 2003 and 2006. So, let’s find out a bit more about this prestigious poker room.
A Place of a Momentous Victory
PokerStars is a subsidiary of The Stars Group, a very prestigious Canadian online gambling firm. The Group was once called as Amaya Gaming, but the name was changed on August 1st this year. The company offers a wide list of games, including Texas hold ‘em Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Stud and Stud Hi/Lo, HORSE, 2-7 Triple Draw & 2-7 Single Draw. The game can be accessed through a downloadable client and can be played on Windows, iOS, Android, and macOS.
The room was launched in 2001, on September 11th, and was a play-money-only room. The company originated from Costa Rica but moved to Onchan on the Isle of Man, whose license the company holds. It also holds licenses from France, Italy, Belgium, and Denmark, as well as Estonia and Spain. The company grew a lot since it was first rounded, and even managed to beat PartyPoker to the first place, but only after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. This is mostly because PokerStars decided to stay in the United States and not suspend the US players.
As we said, PokerStars was set of one momentous happening that sparked the poker boom that lasted three years in the early 2000s. Namely, an accountant by the name of Chris Moneymaker. Yes, that Moneymaker. PokerStars was the setting of a World Series of Poker tournament in 2003 as a satellite tournament. There, Chris won the tournament and went on to become a WSOP champion that year. After that, players started swarming cardrooms looking to recreate Moneymaker’s success story.
In 2011, the US government shut down PokerStars’ server along with four others on the charge of money laundering and federal bank fraud. However, in 2012, the company filed a motion to dismiss the charges on the ground of the government not having sufficient evidence. Just eleven days after the motion was filed, the charges were dropped and PokerStars resumed operation. PokerStars acquired Full Tilt Poker from the government as part of the settlement.
All in all, PokerStars is one of the most influential online cardrooms. They’ve got plenty games to offer and they conduct their business with efficiency and integrity. It’s also a place where dreams are made and broken, and money won and lost.