The PokerStars World
PokerStars is the world’s largest online poker room, regularly attracting thousands of simultaneous players at any one time. It is widely recognised as being one of the drivers of the online poker boom of the first decade of the 21st century, down to a phenomenon known as The Moneymaker Effect.
This occurred when the 2003 World Series of Poker was won by Chris Moneymaker, who gained access to the event through winning a satellite tournament held by PokerStars. As the first WSOP champion to be found through online poker, both he and Poker Stars enjoyed huge publicity which gave a boost to the then fledgling online gaming industry.
Fast forward to today, and Poker Stars remains at the forefront of online video poker, providing its own branded online casinos in Australia and desktop software for PC and Mac, and has also acquired any number of competitors to entrench its influence in online gaming. They currently average over 25,000 paying players daily.
Poker Stars offer the largest variety of poker games to be found online, including the all-conquering Texas Hold’em, traditional 5-Card Draw, Badugi, and many more. They also offer mixed games, where different variants are rotated through during one playing session.
The value of the entire online gaming industry was underlined in 2014, when Canadian gaming company Amaya Gaming Group agreed a deal to buy Poker Stars and their parent company for an astonishing $4.9 billion.