Since 2001, PokerStars has been among the most prominent online poker brands. The company was one of the driving factors in the meteoric success of its young industry, and always offered strong security measures and customer support.
PokerStars had a strong reputation ten years ago, but that all began to change in late 2006 when the U.S. passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. This act made it illegal for PokerStars to accept US players and illegal for US banks to process payments related to online poker.
The biggest online poker site in the world at the time, PartyPoker, immediately accepted and followed this new US law, and left the USA market. PokerStars, however, disregarded the US government and continued to operate in the US. We feel this choice started PokerStars down a road of shadiness which leads us to our opinion today – that PokerStars is a scam.
PokerStars realized it was breaking US law by continuing to accept US players and eventually abandoned the US market. The company lost a lot of money and a significant portion of its customer base.
PokerStars has been in business for over 15 years. Although the company started as a play-money service only, the focus has been on real-money poker for more than a decade. After neglecting the USA UIEGEA law of 2006, the company reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2012. This settlement allowed PokerStars to return to the U.S. – in Nevada and New Jersey – which had legalized online gambling.
On April 15, 2011, the Department of Justice seized the pokerstars.com domain name, along with fulltiltpoker.com and several others. On April 20, the pokerstars.com and fulltiltpoker.com domain names were returned for the purpose of helping to facilitate the withdrawal of US players’ funds.
PokerStars was forced to leave the US market at this time.
Prior to the seizure, PokerStars could not legally provide service to U.S. residents, but they continued to for a time because it was profitable and because that law was difficult to enforce with them operating entirely outside the United States. The company is located in the Isle of Man and acquired a European Union gambling license through Malta.
Is PokerStars Rigged?
The most concerning question about PokerStars is whether the service is rigged. Admittedly, there is some compelling video evidence on YouTube of sponsored PokerStars players beating the odds on multiple occasions during a number of big events. PokerStars spends a lot of money on its sponsorships, and it behooves the brand to have these professional players be successful. The nature of online play, however, is that it is more difficult for a pro player to be consistently successful. Therefore, PokerStars has motivation, and the company has chosen to ignore rather than dispute the video evidence.
Keep in mind that PokerStars has no incentive to rig poker games outside of sponsored play. The revenues that PokerStars earns is based on the total pot no matter who wins it. In addition, VIP rewards are earned based on the amount staked not the amount won or lost. For that reason, it is very difficult to believe that PokerStars would rig games on a regular basis, and there is no concrete proof to suggest that PokerStars has done so.
In the end, there are a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding rigged games and rigged decks, but overall it’s difficult to believe that PokerStars would actually fix the deck or the dealing of cards… but you never know.
Data Analysis and Breach of Privacy
It is worth noting that there were at least two independent analyses of the PokerStars dealer mechanism that presented data outside the norm. For some, this data was evidence that PokerStars was rigging standard games or at least that the dealer mechanism was not random.
PokerStars did react to this story by providing these studies with more comprehensive data sets to work with. In doing so, PokerStars breached the privacy contract with its players. Although user names were stripped, hand logs are publicly available, and it is possible to associate individual players with the released data.
Does PokerStars Cheat Players?
A much bigger concern of whether PokerStars games are rigged is whether the company is actually cheating players out of winnings. A quick search online will reveal a sharp increase in the last several years of players making complaints about having their accounts seized, bankrolls reduced when making a withdrawal, withdrawals refused, bonuses voided for no reason and so forth.
PokerStars turns a profit on every real-money player no matter how much he or she wins. Nevertheless, there is incentive to be even more profitable in a highly competitive market, and PokerStars would not be the first online gambling service to increase profits by exploiting consumers.
PokerStars does not want money leaving the system, so players that earn profits and routinely withdraw cash from the site are not good for the site.
In fact, PokerStars purchased Full Tilt Poker and continues to manage and operate this brand – a brand that is synonymous with the term ponzi scheme. Full Tilt Poker had rampant cheating going – and this is a fact. Directors of the company took money directly from players’ accounts and purchased homes, cars, jewelry, and more.
To this day, countless players and business partners are owed money from Full Tilt. PokerStars did not fully satisfy these commitments even though they now own and are responsible for the Full Tilt brand.
Better Business Bureau
Another point of concern for poker players considering PokerStars is that the company has never received accreditation from the Better Business Bureau. This was true prior to the UIGEA, and it is true even now in the states where the brand has a legal presence.
The BBB does track international companies, however, and although it has not accredited or rated PokerStars, it does have a file for the company in nearly every state. There are a significant number of complaints on file, and we urge everyone to check with their local BBB to consider local experiences with the PokerStars brand.
Is PokerStars Trustworthy?
The most egregious act destroying any remaining goodwill PokerStars may have had came very recently. On May 1, 2015, PokerStars sent an email to its online marketing partners drastically changing the terms of their agreements, causing significant damage to all of their Internet partners for their own benefit.
Marketing partners of PokerStars had an agreement – that they would receive a certain percentage of the revenues that PokerStars earned off players referred by that partner. And that revenue share plan would persist for the life of the player.
On May 1, 2015, PokerStars unilaterally changed the terms to only compensate their marketing partners for only two years.
AND POKERSTARS MADE THIS RULING RETROACTIVE.
What this means is that marketing partners that have been supporting and promoting PokerStars for years and years will lose all revenues from those players. They will only get compensated for players from the past 2 years. For partners that have been sending PokerStars traffic for over a decade, built up a sizable database of players, and developed those players, will lose 90-95% of their marketing revenues.
Basically, this is a breach of contract and PokerStars is more than willing to completely screw their partners.
You can read the full email below:
Email from PokerStars
If PokerStars is willing to do this to their business partners, then what are they willing to do to their players?
If you win a big tournament, what prevents PokerStars from immediately changing their terms to not pay you out?! NOTHING.
We believe that all of these poor decisions stemmed from the fact that PokerStars decided to break US law by continuing to offer their services to Americans.
Because PokerStars broke US law, they had to pay huge fines to the US Department of Justice. PokerStars paid $731 million to the US government to settle the charges of bank fraud and evading US restrictions on online poker.
PokerStars was guilty – and when online poker became legalized in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware, with the potential of California coming next, some laws had a bad actor clause – which disallowed PokerStars from entering the market since they were illegally operating in the US previously.
Amaya Only Cares About Its Bottom Line
Associating with the owners – the Scheinbergs – prevented PokerStars from entering US markets, which eventually led to the sale of PokerStars to Amaya. And this new change of ownership has led to the issues we see today. Amaya does not care about the players or the business partners of PokerStars.
Amaya added a 2.5% foreign currency transaction fee when depositing or withdrawing funds into PokerStars. And it did this WITHOUT NOTIFYING ANY OF ITS PLAYERS. This was just an added tax to increase Amaya’s bottom line.
Amaya increased the rake at PokerStars in late 2014! Rakes were increased on cash games, mtt’s, sit-n-go’s… basically everywhere. Again, this is another tax added to increase Amaya’s bottom line at the expense of the customer base.
And the final straw is Amaya’s destruction of it’s partnership agreements – changing their compensation from the life of the player to two years is utterly devastating to their list of long-established and trusted marketing partners.
If you do business on the Internet or play online poker, you simply can’t trust Amaya. Sorry, but we have to call it. PokerStars is a scam.
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I am a recreational "free chip" player and purchased play chips in July for $19.99. But, I was charged three times. I asked for two of the charges to be refunded and have been told the following:
1. They don't research play money accounts and I may have been hacked.
2. They will return the money in around 6 days.
3. They need proof of payment, including banking information.
4. I need to specify which two of the charges were unauthorized.
This closely resembles Full Tilt and is likely a scam that regulators have seen many, many times. They steal small sums from thousands of people, then make it so difficult to get a refund that the people give up. Nothing new here. I will pursue this until justice has prevailed.
I started playing on Pokerstars since 2010, i dont really play anymore and if i do i play just because i want to play some poker but not even thinking about winning anymore. My first 2 years i won alot of money , around 20.000€ and i was new to poker. The years after i learnt alot about poker and played some live tournaments and cash games in the casino in my city. But it doesnt matter on Pokerstars i was not able to win any big hands anymore while i was leading 9/10 times . People with the most strange and uncommon hands manage to beat me. Like this for an example: i played the sunday million ( 215-$ ) in 2018, i was just in the money and got dealt AA in the big blind. Someone in mid position made a min raise, and the small blind went allin with 150 big blinds , ofcourse i call. This guy had A3 off suit. The flop was A 3 3, the turn J and the river 3 . These things happen way to often, even online poker is so much faster this should not happen very often but on this site you can see this almost every tournament happening. Also when i watch poker streams played by pokerstars pro’s like Lex Veldhuis , this doesnt seem to happen that often, and if it does happen it is in their favor. It seems on this site how worse you play how more likely you are to win unless youre a Pro. It does makes sense after all, there are more fishes then good players. And the good players will most likely keep playing as they see even though they bust you had the best hand and you think you was just unfortunate. But after this long , it has nothing to do with luck anymore. ( also its reqlly obvious that big stacks in tournaments most likely (9/10 times )will win the hands they play just for the schedule of their tournaments.
Played on this site for over 17 years. One day i went to log in and i couldnt. I checked my email and they said i was cheating. They showed 2 hands that i folded. (I most likely was in a tourny and got up to use the washroom and it folded my hand) i had emailed them back and explained they had no explanation other than copy and pasting the same thing they had emailed the first time. I had asked thwm to show me more hands of me supposedly cheating which they did not. They banned me kept my money and and my built up star points. Unbelivable after 17 years im all of a sudden cheating. Seriously. Then why do i deposite every few months and never withdraw. I must be a crappy cheater. And just all of sudden after 17 years i decide im going to cheat. Nice try. You just couldnt handle me stock pilling my stars. What a joke. Im still in shock. And after reserching a little im not the only 1 it has happened to. Some one in their department is shady no doubt.
Thi siste is not bold on poker. It’s a scam that make the money float around. Good player or bad does not mather.. when Amaya took over, what was the first thing they did?
They removed HU tables because there the good player will win over the bad ones in the long run.
I played spin n goes, I had registered for 54.350$ and my pay back was 54.708$
BUT the rake was 3400$
When I quit and closed my account permanently, and start playing other places I won 1000-1500$ every day for a period of several weeks. Bad beats can come but pokerstars is using this for the full. If you get 100 bad beats in a row something that is like 1-1.000.000 pokerstars will say to you” this is poker and in poker bad beats can happend”
STOP PLAYING AT POkERSTRS!!!
i have played for 15 years at 1 tourney per day. in all that time ive won 1 tournament and made the final table 3 times. with a live dealer i have won multiple tournaments and made the final table many times. this site is a scam and should be shut down i would not even give them 1 star
If I could give this site zero stars I would. If anyone can tell me they cashed out on this site I would still call BS. This site is organized thievery on a grand scale. Don't waste your money. Full Tilt, same owners, was shut down for the same reasons.
I played like over 25000 hands at pokerstars cash games only ( i know its not much but still ) and some days i get constant bad beats. For example 1 day i had things happening like this ->
Raised pot Preflop enemy fish calls ( he has A8 )
i flop two pair and bet high while he hit nothing.
Turn comes an Ace, Player goes all in ( one pair of ace with 8 kicekr vs my two pair ). What happens on River ?
another ACE to beat my two pair.
Same day other hand:
All in on flop flush nut draw
Enemey fish calls with 7H and some other card
i dont remember. 346H flop. Guess what he hit ?
exactly, straight draw.
If i had some good winnings, i often got constant bad
beats like that, sometimes 6-7-8 times in a row.
One day for example i lost 3 times AA in a row all in vs 1 player only. As well as a JJ ( well this is fairly beatable but still ).
i had so many ridicilous bad beats like making full houses with turn + river and stuff like that its a joke.
If you start winning to much, i feel like pokerstars
intentionally makes you lose.
It also makes total sense. Fishes play more all ins ->
bigger pots, more rake and they are probly more likely to play again if they have some good winnings sometimes.
I have been a member for over 10 years, i play a couple hours in the day and a couple of hours at night with a buddy in another town. My account was at 45$ a few months ago, and it was 9 something a few days ago. My buddy and i play 50 cent 9 man tournaments and we play 2-5 cent cash games.
Pokerstars sent us an email that we have been colluding together. They gave specific hands and two of the four hands my friend had AA and pushed all in. I happen to be in big blind and folded. His other hands were AQ and AJ and he raised. They said we colluded together. I have lost $$$ and my friend won about 15$ in the last year.
There is no way we were colluding, we were just playing poker. They took our money and closed our accounts.
Unfortunately they are wrong and we never colluded, but what can u do? Nothing? Thank gosh i only had 9$
I'd give 0 stars if I could. With online gambling legal in Michigan now, I created an account. First I was told they couldn't verify my address because I live on "Third St" but their system has it as "3rd St" so I had to submit a Bank statement/power bill and my ID. It takes 5 business days to verify my stupid road name. No big deal, so I make a deposit of $50, they have a promo going for new members, wager $1 and receive a FREE $50 Credit! I see 20 commercials a day for this, so I make my deposit and wager $1... No $50 Credit. So I try a couple different machines and even blackjack. I get down to $27 and still no $50 credit, so I send an email. No response after 2 days, so I call them, a customer service rep says for some reason I wasn't given the credit and should have been...
So now I have this free $50 credit. Over the next 3 days I sparingly use it and build it up to $86 (Separate from the other $27 I still have on there) then on Day 4 I log on and there's only my $27?! Where's the rest? I again send an email, but this time I get a response in less than an hour saying the $50 credits EXPIRE in 6 days. What the hell does that mean it expires?? So it's NOT a free $50 credit or what? I asked multiple questions including why is it gone on the 4th day? What about the extra I won with it? etc and I get another response repeating the player has 6 days to use it before it expires... WHAT DOES THAT MEAN??? So I call again and I'm told I had 6 days from the first qualifying $1 bet (even though I didn't even get the credit for 3 days). "Sorry sir, we can't reissue the credit." What about the $36 I won using it, did I just win an extra 72% for the house? "The player has 6 days before it expires." By now I'm just pissed, I tell him exactly what I think of the garbage company and hang up.
Can someone please explain to my how a FREE $50 CREDIT expires???
Pokerstars is an absolute scam. The only value of the site is lite entertainment. Under no circumstances should you risk real money on this site!!! The runouts are all rigged to create the most buy backs...that's how they monetize the shabby site.
I'm a mathematician, I got books on the statistical mathematics of poker. I've played on pokerstars for 2 years, and have 912,000+ hands. The game is rigged 100%, there is no way mathematically that how I would lose consistency was variance.
For example,I noticed immediately and mathematically clear and distinct patterns whether i lost a previous hand, tournament or game. Likewise clear and evidential hands after a win. You will notice how many rivers, and insane bad beats against new players or people who are weak players. I'm not hyperbole.
It's not a fair system, and honestly pisses me off because ut is clearly not legitimate.
I would rate this lower if there was an option. Everything stated on this site true
The algorithm is set to squeeze every last dime out of players pockets and to line the pockets of the executives. Take a look at how low the traffic is. Atleast most people are catching on to this completely rigged site
I travelled to Berlin last two months and After i tried to login to my Pokerstar account which i've been using for years. I realized that i got signed out immediately. It was so frustrating. I could gain access to my account with a thousand stars and about 13000EUR in it. I sent series of messages to the support but no reply. Last week i came across a review of a certain tech expert , webghost33 on telegram who came to my rescue with a few recovery hacks using SQL injections.I was able to retrieve it in 24hours. It was really worth it and i'm prepared against any keyloggers or account issues in the future. I'm confident i won't have any issues with it again.
I highly recomend to everyone to stay away from this pure shit scam. Or do you want to win forexample 10k usd in some tournament ? First you need to spend 10k for buy ins then then swich button at your profile and you will have chance to win. Otherwise you gonna only loose, i can post million of the same ridicilous hands here but its just big wate of time. I blocked my acc. for 2 months (because last time i did it i won 5 tournaments in a row after unblocking :D:D:DD::D )in rage month ago and directly after blocking i have recieved email that my acc. is under investigation regarding cooperation with other player :)))) I lost my patience, sent them email with my oppinion, no answer and i believe my acc. will stay blocked forewer because i was writing this stuff into chats etc. and they dont need ppl who are talking about their pure SCAM algorytm so they monitoring and pushing such ppl out of game. Im living in country when only PS, Partypoker and shit local poker sites are available and i list absolute motivation to play online poker after years experience with PS scammers. Please think twice before you loose all your money for this bitches. peace
The term rigged implies that the rigger will directly win more than it should. The reality is the rigging is in the very obvious , material and statistically significant excessive occurrence of multiple good hands in a given pot and underdogs getting things like 3 of a kind on a flop where another guy might have a pair or ace . You said it yourself but for some reason didn't acknowledge that that is rigging if the goal is to get the pot as big as possible because I your words it only cares about pot size not who wins. I agree. Bit a deck of cards poker stars is not
This place is a rat nest, I assure its 100% fixed I really hope they put all these people in jail.
If you google if pokerstars is rigged, first response is from shill, making the "factual" claim, that it just feels rigged because the hands are dealt quicker. Ridiculous anecdote, not based on fact. Human brain can easily process and account for dealer speed. Why does a list of anecdotes pop up at the top of the search. TI suspect they use bots, sell your data and continuously bust the all in odds to get losers to buy more chips. That is why they are making money.
I came back to poker stars after many years away. Worse than ever. Why play the game when you may as well just flip a coin for your money!! So many set up hands and ridiculous bad beats especially on all ins. Just not believeable. A total ripoff site. I'm done for good this time.
I don´t use to play much poker online, but as an experienced blackjack casino player I can almost assure 100% that the blackjack is fully rigged. In fact, when you play some thousands of hands, you clearly realize that the algorithm grossly repeats some patterns (f.e., the bank getting an Ace when its first card is 7 or 8, you getting an Ace when you double with 11, you getting a 10 85-90% of the hands when hitting with 12, etc).
it´s pretty obvious that it is rigged if you are used to analyze
Blackjack hands. It has NOTHING to do with reality, and I´m talking about a number of hands big enough to dismiss ocassional bad beats.
Statistics are totally unconsistent.
Don´t waist your money and your time with this scam that should be forbidden and closed.
I just wont to share my stats on poker stars cash games.
According to pocker tracker I played 625256 hands (for now)
My avg. all in equit is 57.17
My net won in My currency adjusted by all in equity is -8170.25$
I lost over 6000$
People dont spend your time and money playing at poker stars like I did.
Absolutely Scam, if you win or withdraw your money they block your accountant that's the time you have to say goodbye to your money because theres is no where you can go to get your money. they won't answer your emails.
take a look at daily recent reviews here as well:
this game is fixed or should I say BS algorisms IMPOSSIBLE WINS 65% on no chance river, the should change the name to "The lucky River Game" My cat payed and won! I think they follow me just because I say its fixed on chat box all the time No Way to beat some hands so much so I cam guess the river 75% of the time why? because the only card to beat me is the one I say
I HAVE BEEN WAITING 2 MONTHS FOR 500.00 BUCKS BECAUSE MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY. I HAVE SENT THEM SO MANY DOCUMENTS AND THEY WOULD NOT EXCET HIS DEATH CERTICATE SO I PAID 22.00 FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SEND ME A COPY. JUST HATE HOW THEY HAVE TREATED ME WITH MY LOSS.
PokerStars is rigged to incentivise first, then shake you down. Member since 2009, I've actually seen this change happen over time. To me, with such a long online playing history, it seems so blatantly obvious. Way back when, the site played like real poker. One could say that if you see the pattern, you should be able to beat it. But it's all about retaining new gamblers while shaking trillions of pennies loose. Brilliant really but unfair to bias games and stakes to benefit new players.
Made an account with PokerStars Asia and deposited a small amount to play low stakes. In less than 24 hours they froze my account and that was that, no response to my verification request.
And now i heard they quit for china market,I can’t get back my account money. Seeing as they've taken it and froze my account and won't respond to me, I'd that amounts to theft right now.
Hour and a half in a tournament, get 2 Jacks in hand and 1 on the flop. Go all in and the one infront of me shows Jack and King. What are the two next cards? Two Kings. Nice, 0,3% chance of that happening.
Ive been playing PokerStars Asia for 1 years when 6UP become the only partner of PokerStars Asia. I still remember how convenient it was for china players,we could register,deposit and withdrawal directly through 6UP website.
Sep 2020, without notice to anyone PokerStars pulling out of the three regions in Asian.The way of dealing with customers is more rude and impersonal. Ridiculous in every possible way.
i know for sure they have employees working for them online. Way to many bas beats, many will say the reason for the bad beats is because its fast, i call bull s. H. I. T. I have lost thousands of dollars on there because someone would catch on river. For example i had pocket Aa preflop. I pre bet $25. Everyone folds except for this one player who i see all the time on there playing multiple tables at one time and always has a bunch of money on all tables. So he re-raises ne $85. So i go all in with $411 he calls and all he has is a 5 hearts, 7 hearts. And catches a flush on the river.. no one will call a $400 bet with a 5, 7. So its almost like he knew he was winning. This happened to me with about 6 players all the time, all 6 of these players are on there all the time on multiple tables and all have trippled there money. So in my opinion they all work for pokerstars, and pokerstars is giving them cards so they constantly win.. it has happened to me alot.. and when i call them out they leave the table.. i have never been able to cash any money out. I always loose all my money with really bad beats that are un heard of. No one is that lucky to call a $400 bet preflop with a 5, 7.. i dont care what people say pokerstars is rigged. They will not get anymore of my money because if i play i fo to casino for now on. I always leave tye casino with a poket full if cash when i play texas holdem. But on pokerstars i end up re-dipositing more money only to get bad beat after bad beat.
the platform is amazing but when you start playing things start getting bizarre. No chance their algorythm isnt bias, just so many flushes, straights, three card games, so no, just imposible. it applies to all so no harm yet, you can just adjust the math and even the odds again. Yet, river and turn cards are way out any stats, flip coin, I would say. Just pray and wait what happens but its really frustrating to lose repeatedly vs cowboys and bad players who are clueless about poker dynamics or statistics- Defintiviely avoid it if you like a serious poker game, down to sue them anytime (tons of data to prove how bias game algorythm is)
Forget about me, or my playing style, knowledge or experience. It does not matter. Actually "Nothing else matters".
Whatever the review, people are going to throng pokerstars, and that may include me too.
No one will ever know the truth. Just like what happened in 9/11, or COVID was really man made. But whatever is happening, is morally justfied. 9/11, COVID, JFKs assasination. etc etc.
Ok, cut the crap. This is my review of Pokerstars. There is something going on in Pokerstars, that I say for sure, and I say they have a "moral justification" (though the intention is to profit). It is the same like that Baghdadi guy promising 73 virgins and righteousness in heaven to all the foot soldiers. Only, th efoot soldiers in pokerstars are the "programmers".
Guess what the owners would have told them and convinced them? "We have to make the playground level" , yes, you are right, the same Socialistic Democratic Crap (profit veiled as righteousness).
I mean, it could be two things,1. Intentionally ignoring errors, omissions in bias.2. specifically programming to overcome new player handicaps
You are right, it is the same as the government interference with the economy by installing minimum wages, tax breaks, incentives etc.
Who is the loser? actually all the players. How and why?- The Weak lose by reinvesting and believeing that they can win- The strong lose because they believe in themselves but only to be beaten by weak players.
In the End, money keeps coming into pokerstars but will never leave. Just like the Eagles song.Welcome to Hotel Pokerstars. You can checkout anytime, but you can never leave!(Review From Canada, Hey, from Alberta)
Anyone with a slight resemblance of a working brain can figure out the site is a scam. Just run some simple tests...I have lost there with dozens of bad beats in a row...constant flushes and straights, full houses...seems they will run you dry just so you will buy chips....SCAM!
Hi, I have been using Pokerstars for the past few months. The most I won playing 2 days was 5 times the amount. It only happened when I first made my account. I was flying high but was cautious. Playing for the next 2 days brought my account to half of what I started with.
Pokerstar will let you win when you are new, then slowly take away everything.
Then I decided to put only a certain amount, play, winn ittle and cash it back into my bank account. This is where the real scam starts.
Once you withdraw money, Pokerstar will make sure that you loose rest of the amount as soon as possible. For example, lost my 33355 full house to 33366. This is just one example. Lost my KKK to AAA with both two aces opening on turn and river. The guy I lost to had nothing but Ace high in a round with two K on flop and me going all in as I had triplet. Hw TF that guy knew to go all in and getting 2 Aces in the end. This is not just one case. I have played real live poker alot in my life and I know that no sane player will go all in like that.
I believe Pokestars have sponsored players playing along with you who know what cards are gonna open up. Also, I have seen single player dominating the whole table with getting Aces, straights & full houses in literally every round. They will keep on bidding higher for flops. It will happen continuously for many rounds and you will be folding continuously saving money. Then in one round you will get Ace and king, the same guy will raise again, you will counter, you will get two pair of A & K, the 3rd card in flop would be something like 5 or 4 you will go all in, he will call, turn & river will bring out one more 5 or 4. Now you can eat shit because the other guy's cards will open up and you get to know that MF was coming all in against Aces & kings with 5 & 2 in his hand scoring a triplet of 5 against your 2 pairs of A & K. How TF a sane [person goes all in against A & K with just a pair of 5 in his hand.
I have not spent a lot of money, but I have understood that Pokerstar is rigged.
I am not writing this because I have lost few of my money on it but I want to put it out in the open, please dont use pokerstar, they are cheat & they just want you to be hooked and keep spending money because once they made you win alot.
We were just playing a $22 cash tourney on the Home Game side of PokerStars and I went up against the same opponent late in the tourney at the final table where he beat me 3 straight hands in a row getting the CASE CARD to win on the river ... the odds of this happening in a real life casino are so astronomical that this software just must be reviewed and changed. I have deleted my account with PokerStars in frustration and encouraging my friends to play on a different site. Ridiculous in every possible way.
I am going to keep this short. A lot of players who complain about Poker Stars being rigged are fish. And that is a problem because it discredits good players who also point out that there are major issues with Poker Stars. I do think their tournaments play the way they should. I made a lot of final tables and the bad beats seem normal in tournaments.
I am NOT at all complaining about bad beats in cash games because that is almost impossible to prove or disprove easily and so many bad players who would be losing no matter what complain about bad beats.
Here is the issue however. I am a good player and I have lost relatively little money minus the rake at poker Stars Cash games.
But I find it impossible to win even though there are plenty of bad players. But here is what exposes Poker Stars for the frauds that they are. In their cash games I played over 500,000 hand without one serious upswing. I play 6 to 8 tables and about 5000 hands a day. Did this for 4 straight months and did NOT once get a 100bb stack over 200bb. This lack of upswing variance over this sample size is clearly not a natural phenomena. That has to be man made. I can prove this too. They have the records and I also have many records. I do see new players and fish who make many buy ins getting big stacks and that is what kept me optimistic for so long. Also I am a very aggressive player, I am not afraid to jam J J if someone has a weak 3 betting range and 4 bet calling or jamming range. Unlike %99.5 of the claims here, this cheating claim can actually be easily proved. I am considering a law suit. Not to make money for myself but to demand fair playing cash games for strong players. Their software apparently protects the fish from the sharks, or as one of their CEOs said, they protect the vulnerable. That could be taken several ways, but I am not the only one who noticed that even strong players are not winning much if at all in their cash games and even when there are plenty of weak players in the game. The whole 50NL Zoom in Europe is said to be so strong that players there make bets on who can break even. Well that is not the case here in the USA, we have plenty of big fish playing, and we do not have Zoom.
Here is what I can prove in court, I played over 500,000 cash game hands with out a single big upswing and could not even get 50 stack over 100 dollars in the 50 NL cash games.
The 30 NL cash games I could get some bigger stacks but that was mostly do to inducing people into making huge bluffs and not because there were two strong hands against each other.
Recently I had A 10 off and there was a huge crazy bluffer in the 50NL. I he 3 bet and I 4 bet to Isolate him while he was out of position. Flop came A 10 6 rainbow. Nice right, well I c bet he called, turn came a 10. I checked he checked. River came a brick I bet very small 1 4th pot cause I figured he would jam, this guy was a massive fish. The small bet made him Jam. Guess what he had 2 5 suited. He had NOTHING whatsoever, and that is the problem. I started to realize that the vast majority of my big wins were bluffs, and typically when I made a big hand my opponent had nothing. Stars can put out the right hand distributions over time, but what they do not look at is who gets what and win.
I got a USCF Expert rating at chess. I was a Lehigh U physics math major. I am NOT some fish complaining about bad beats. This is about getting nothing over a huge sample size.
I study poker 3 hours a day on average. I have a USCF Expert rating at chess. Over 2100. Forgive any typos I just woke up and did not get a lot of sleep, though why I am saying is very important as what I am saying is actually provable.
I am making NO complaints about bad beats here. The problem I have is that over 500,000 hands played at Poker Stars Cash games, I did NOT once have a single big upswing. There was an initial period where I had a few good days with upswings, but then it literally stopped for over 500,000 hands.
I was playing 30NL, 50NL and 100NL games, I can not speak for the higher stake games. I am an aggressive player, but the point here is that it does not matter if I am a great player or a fish.
There is no way I should have over a half million hands with NO heaters, NOT once did I get a 100BB stack over 200BBs.
I am a good hand reader and avoid a lot of coolers, that being
said I 3 bet light, I check raise bluff flops, with my draws, that hit my range hard. I isolation raise and am not afraid to jam when the math is right.
I am not talking about winning money or losing money here, I am talking about going over a half million hands with not one single upswing. I have read that Poker Stars tries to protect the fish from the sharks. Main reason is they do no not want the good players to win all the money and drive away the bad players who keep buying in new all the time. One of the reasons I gave the site so much of a chance is because I would see new players and fish make big stacks, 400 to 700 bbs and that made me happy because I thought it must be legit. Only problem is no matter how hard I tried I could not get a single stack over 200bbs. I play 6 to 8 tables on average and about 5000 hands per day. Over 40 months this comes to approx. 600,000 hands. I can only conclude that something is very wrong as this simply would not happen without some human intervention. I play very well, Poker Snowie ranks me between World Class and Extraterrestrial on big sample sizes. But this does not matter because both the worst and best players in the world would have some big stacks over a half million hand sample size. In fact they should have some big hands over a much smaller sample size. Poker Stars cash games play like a somewhat improved version of 3 6 limit. Improved because fish and maniacs will all in bluff sometimes.
That was another issue. I was making some money during the first 2 months of the pandemic shutdown. Though I realized it was not because of my hand vs my opponents hand very often but mostly when I induced people to make huge bluffs. Usually bet betting real small and pretending to be weak. The lack of strong hand vs strong hand was disconcerting. All too often it was a very strong hand vs a very weak hand.
Poker Stars Tournaments seem to play fine though. I made a lot of final tables and hit the bubble often. There are bad beats but they seem to work in an even way that is fair over time for the tournaments.
I am not complaining about bad beats. I am complaining about playing over 500,000 hands and not get one single heater or big upswing. Do to good hand reading skills I did not lose very much, but they made it so that I could not win much and would untimely lose slowly cause of rake. Against all very strong players that would not be unreasonable to expect, but here in the USA a lot of the players are bad. At least 15 percent to 30 percent.
Another issue I had was the casino free play. I played black jack with the free money they give you, and found that black jack was so easy to win with the free money, in fact I had to try to lose cause it was so boring. Of course when I switched to real money all a sudden winning at blackjack seemed impossible. Well it should be online and I expect to lose with black jack. That is why I do NOT play black jack normally.
But Poker Stars gave me this free play money, that you can not cash, you have to score points, anyway this happened on 3 occasions and each time it was clear that black jack was a give away with the free money and something really bad with real money. I did not lose much as I am not a gambler. I play plus EV plays. I gave poker stars a chance but with over 500,000 hands played at their cash games, while playing 6 to 8 tables, and not getting one 100 BB stack over 200BBs over 500,000 hands, there is something clearly wrong and that is also very easy proof that poker stars is doing something that can only be called cheating.
You will have a hell of a time proving rigged coolers and frankly a lot of people who complain about poker being rigged are in fact fish, but not everyone. Many good players notice something is off too, however the point here is that I went over 500,000 hands without even one big upswing. That can not happen random, that is human intervention for certain.
I was a math physics major, I have a USCF official Expert rating over 2100 so you are not talking to the average game player. I believe we should sue poker stars and they have no right to manipulate the cash games. Keep in mind that I do NOT believe that they are cheating at tournaments. The tournaments seem to play fair to me, but the cash games are playing similar to a slot machine but with no big jackpots.
Poker is poker and they think they are cleaver, however there is no answer whatsoever that can justify OVER 500,000 hands with NO big upswings at all. I am very angry about this.
Im not impressed with pokerstars. Although the site is beautiful. Customer service/support is brutal! I emailed them 6 times and still no response! I never recieved the proper bonus i was expecting! When I finally did speak with someone about it, they did absolutely nothing for me! They get one star for a nice looking site! Other than that I was not impressed!
Anyone who has played on this site for more then a few days will absolutely recognize this scenario:
You flop 2-pair on a uncoordinated board. You bet and maybe one other player raises. Maybe you end up re-raising and the other player goes all-in. Of course you call. When the cards are shown, the other player has 5/2 off-suit with no pair.... no draw... no nothing. What happens next? The turn and the river comes 5 and 5 and you lose to trip 5's.
I realize that their are stupid poker players out there in the real world, but NO PLAYER in their right mind would make that call. ZERO! It's almost as if they knew the turn & river would give them trips, right? Sarcasm definately intended.
I can't tell you how many times I've seen hands like this play out. The article above mentioned that "what PokerStars earns is based on the total pot no matter who wins it". THAT IS THE ABSOLUTE POINT. PokerStars is 100% absolutely using "bot" players to push the rake.
I also has issues getting money out of the site. Like many poker sites, getting money in is easy. Getting it out can be next to impossible. I'm done and I won't be going back. EVER!
Just as a final note, my friends and I labeled PokerStars "the place where two-pair go to die". It's funny because it's true.
I am a retired poker dealer of many years and I refuse to accept their opinion of how the cards are dealt with an algorythm that is supposedly random. There is no way in hell that the flops of 2 and 1 come up that many times in a real game and the bad beats...just don't ask. This is a very disgusting site and the customer service...well in plain terms...really sucks big time. I honestly believe that they have so called "BOTS" being fictional players, just to line their own pockets. There is just no way that you can lose so many pots to random cards like that. I sure hope that the proper people do see this and take some kind of action, just to see for themselves...Too bad that we don't know who is the real culprit behind the doors of this scamming site...bastards...I won't be back...EVER!!!
PokerStars has significant problems with Customer Service and isn't doing the best job with this and deserves criticism. They also deserve criticism for how they handled dismantling their SuperNova scheme. However much of the above is fact-less garbage that ought to be ignored.
"Admittedly, there is some compelling video evidence on YouTube of sponsored PokerStars players beating the odds on multiple occasions" - This is written by someone who doesn't understand data. EVERY player "beats the odds" on multiple occasions. They aren't really "beating the odds" just experiencing standard statistical variation. PS' RNG (random number generator) is independently verified so perhaps check your facts before making silly assertions like this. Every poker site has lots of people complaining about bad beats as though the universe circles around them. It doesn't - every player gets them - you aren't special.
As someone who nearly lost a chunk of my bankroll when fulltilt went under, I was very glad that PokerStars paid me this when they bought the company. Ditto with PKR. That was around $7k that I would have lost to companies going bankrupt that PokerStars got back for me.
They are far from perfect and need to raise their game with CS but scam? Obviously not. PokerStars are now active in the US btw. PA, NJ and likely more states opening up soon as well.
So out of date - often inaccurate, poorly researched article above. Ignore and do your own research.
Absolutely terrible, no customer service, they wont even try to help with the smallest issue.. I am amazed that they are operating at all, and have learned to do more research before helping a company profit.
I do not believe the site is rigged in regards to cheating because it makes no sense as previously stated by others. I do feel the "random card generator" algorithm is not what it should be and does not deliver cards with the percentages over the long hall of a dealer with a shuffle machine. Way too many bad beats regardless of which side of it you're on. Pocket Aces or Kings for example should win 80% & 70% of the time respectively when heads up. I could be wrong, but it sure doesn't seem as it plays out that way. Anyway, to me a mediocre poker experience, but no scam.
Same m.o. every time. I put money in and easily run it up to 3or 4 times my investment. Then it happens. You start to lose consistently. And not due to bad decisions , I’m talking horrific and absolutely blatant b.s losses. I love the believers who drank the cool aid , who try and spew the same crap. It’s not logical to assume that what all of us are experiencing is basic mathematics. After watching my account depleted repeatedly, I started to document my play. The one statistic , which is so glaring is this one. Over hundreds of hand i had AK hole cards 32 times. I have won 1 of those. 1 out of 32. And the losses are so laughable and obvious. Pocket deuces. Runner runner everything. River cards that have become predictable. Simply put if I can predict all my losses I should not be playing in this medium. It’s easy to say “ It only feels like the bad beats are more frequent because the automatic deal is so fast” or” we only remember the bad losses. “ that’s total b. s. If the percentage of winning certain hands is not the same on ps then it must be rigged. I am not a mathematician but you can’t fool everyone all the time and not be exposed.
Last night i went on pokerstars and was pleased to find a $5 casino bonus and $5 in a chest that they gave for some error that had happened that week. I played for a while on a Caribbean poker table and got my balance up to $40 and at that point i left the site for the night. When I logged back in i had $5.41 and my casino "bonus" was back of course i sent in a complaint but im sure I probably wont hear anything for about a month like last time i had a complaint. Its bad enought that its possible to predict that its likely when playing to know almost every time what card will arrive to beat you so they can finish their dodgy tournaments quicker but now money is disappearing from my account its a complete scam .
Rigged or not? Favor a player to win – or themselves to get rich?
All this talking about rigged poker clients. How, and if, a client is favoring players? Or give Aces or Kings way to often to whatever player, or never? I do not believe any clients to be rigged – like that. It would have been way to obvious. They wouldn’t last for a day out there. Thou, what I have been noticing; happening to myself, but also every other player at whatever table I’m at, in whatever client. Getting low in stack. Happens to everyone from time to time.
So, when you, or any other player, finding their self in early or middle position, action on that player, getting a “okay to show” hand (somewhere like a pocket par or any other combination giving a 50%+ chance of winning), and do so, there is almost always someone later at the table with a monster hand calling, and; also a bigger stack. Or the other way around; short stack player is getting a monster hand, only to find the dealer position, SB or BB having a hand like a low pair+, or any other hand giving them a okay pot-odds to call with. In both alternatives, the big stack seems to be the winner most of the times, no matter what two cards the players have. So goodbye to that torment for the low-stack player, and $$$ for the poker client in rake because the same player makes a buy-in in another tour, or a rebuy in the same.
So, I guess the real question to ask when considering if, and how, online poker clients are rigging their platforms, and how to do the correct analyze of all billion hands (and maybe getting on step closer be able to?), to disclose their scam, has to be;
*How often are short stack player placed in an early position with a “okay to show”-hand, only to find a player with bigger stack in later position calling with a monster. And is the outcome of this events, isolated, close to what is expected to be normal regularity?
*How often are short stack players given monster hands which is an obvious show, only to find a player in position; Button, Sb or Bb to have a hand giving them a good-pot odds, to call with. And is the outcome of this events, isolated, close to what is expected to normal regularity?
To make this a complete and fully good analyze, will be extremely complicated. I think first you have to see how often all combinations are given out. There I guess you’ll find it to be what is expected to normal regularity. Then all these hands must be looked at isolated for short stack VS big stack (or D, Sb, or BB) play. And on we go. All combinations can be given out “all over” to look normal. Thou, the majority of all these setups might be abnormal if you choose to look at them isolated on short stack play. We have all been short stack from time to time, and we have all experienced what I describe above, from both sides.
So, can it be that in total the dealing system is doing what everyone will expect from it, due to regularity and other statistics. All possible combinations are given as many times as expected. But if you choose to look at the players stack size and table position, and who they end up playing against that one “Double or nothing” hand, you might find irregularities.
All over a pocket pair will be given 1/217 hands. And for any pair combination to appear five times 1085 hands need to be given. Here, if you can find pocket pairs these to appear 3 out of 5 times to short stack players there might just be a reason to question this. Because there is a lot more players playing average stack, then there are players playing short stack. Put a small pair to short stack, and a big pair to monster stack, and the client have just given out two pocket pairs. Then, they only need to NOT give any pocket pair for the next 432 hands. If they do this all over, in more than a billion hands, no one will ever notice the scam, because the statistic shows the system have been dealing out two pocket pair over 434 hands. Which is just what to expect.
And from here you can begin doing all the highly advance mathematical calculations to look at all given hands, and expected outcomes, including consider stack sizes and table positions. Thou, it isn’t for me to do; I just don’t have the computer capacity required for such a big task. So, I find it easier to just avoid playing AQ from UTG+ when I’m short stack.
This is not a conspiracy, it’s just me thinking out loud. Why? In the end, the only concern all online poker clients have, like all other gambling sites, are making big money. And yes, they will sure make a lot of cash with truly random card generation system, but; a hidden system made for speeding up all torments, and getting short stack players out ASAP will make them a lot more money through all the fee’s we give them when we buy our self a place in the next tournament; the one where we just hope we might be the lucky one who’s dodging the killing bullet from the “random” card generator.
Good luck out there! 🙂
Quello che mi da tanto fastidio che come fanno le persone andare all in con 34 off suited contro otto persone e consapevole di vincere comunque. In realtà nessun farebbe una cosa del genere contro 8 persone a tavola. Perché l’inizio è stato così. Si ho scritto vincere comunque. Perché è proprio così. Il bello che ho fatto screenshot e ho le prove. Peccato che non si possono allegare le immagini. Il bello arriva dopo. La stessa persona di all in 34 off suited che si fa chiamare matte629 il suo nickname giocava e le vinceva tutte. Andando spesso all in addirittura contro due persone. Non mi sono accorto solo io se ne accorto anche un’altra persona che ha scritto nella chat di questa cosa “ogni puntata risulta vincente “. Giocava (spesso andando all in) e la vinceva tutte. Per fortuna ho messo pochi spiccioli per questo gioco. Un altra cosa scandalosa ho fatto caso che i chip leader sono favoriti nelle vittorie. Appare sempre magicamente la loro carta vincente al river. Che probabilità c’è che al flop escono due volte in modo consecutivo le stesse due carte e dello stesso seme? Si escono le stesse due carte e dello stesso seme al flop due volte consecutivamente.
I had a very interesting run with Pokerstars PA. I have been playing live poker for 30+ years. I am definitely not the best player in the world but I can certainly hold me own. I primarily play cash games at several local casinos about once every month. While stuck inside with this virus nonsense I decided to sign up for some online poker through the pokerstars Pennsylvania site.
I put somewhere around a couple hundred dollars into my account and started playing some small stakes cash games. Over the course of a couple weeks, I did ok but mostly just broke even to a little down. Noticed some bad beats but didn't think much of it since bad beats are a regular part of the game.. You get some and you give some.
My strange experience all started when I began playing the tournaments. I played in 5 or so tourney's and didn't do terrible but never really placed either. These tourney's ranged from 350-750 players with $3-$5 buy ins. Then, all of the sudden I started getting crazy cards.. I was hitting flops like crazy and when I wasn't the best hand, I would make some crazy pulls on turn and river, sometimes both... If I had an AKO, I pulled an A or K nonstop.. If I had a J3O, I would play it and pull J33 on flop. Crazy....
Since I have been playing cards for a long time, if I get cards I can easily win cash games and tourney's all day long... During a span of about 10 days ending on Thursday April 23, I ran a ~$100 account to $1166 playing $3, $5, and $10 tourney's only. I won 2 $5 tourneys with between 445-670 players and came in the top 10 of 3 others. Won a $3 bounty tourney and came in second i n another. Came in second and fifth in 2 $10 tourneys with one having over 700 players.
Well as you can imagine, I was flying high!!!! Everything was falling for me and I felt like I was the best player in the room during every single tourney I entered.
Fast forward to 3 days later on Sunday April 27 (tonight)... I have played in dozens of tourneys in the past few days with buy ins between $3 and $30. The best I have been able to finish in any of the last 3 days of tourneys is break even (depending on the size of tourney, that means finishing anywhere from 70-130...
I have been so cold that I have been playing super tight to try to turn things around. So far, that is not working either since I am literally blinding out to the point where I have to shoot the moon only to get beaten by any number of hands. I have had more bad (and I mean some terrible) beats in the last 3 days than I can remember in the last 15 years.
My account is now down to just under $700 and I just withdrew $600 and left some playing money in the account for shits and giggles.
I have one last interesting tidbit. After getting torn up in many tourney's this weekend, I decided to play a small cash game. The first hand I was dealt when I entered the cash game was 3-5 suited on the button. I checked and the flop was 333.. Total BS... I have been playing for 3 decades and never have seen anything like that before. To top it off, the player to the left of me has second nuts and lost the maximum. Happy I won but c'mon, that is fishy to say the least.
Pokerstars feels more like an online casino than a legit poker room with above the board poker odds.
They are definitely using some crazy algorithms to goose the pots.
DO NOT PUT SERIOUS MONEY INTO THIS SITE. PLAY LIVE POKER AND STAY AWAY!!
Why do bad players always insist a Poker client is rigged?
I've played 100's of thousands if not a million+ hands on pokerstars.
It's not rigged, it makes no sense that it'd be rigged, Pokerstars would have nothing to gain and everything to lose.
Just accept that you're bad at poker if you can't win, or that you don't understand variance.
I've lost 4 higher pair vs lower pair hands (all in preflop)in a row, and still continued to have a winning session.
There's thousands of pros with hand histories in the 100 thousands and million who can confirm that 'what happens in reality' is very close to expected returns with their fancy graphs.
I got pocket 3's two hands in a row. That only happens 1 in 49284 times!! RIGGED!!
Se vuoi farti truffare i tuoi soldi gioca in Poker Stars. Il gioco è chiaramente preordinato a favore di alcuni giocatori quasi sempre canadesi e di random non c'è niente. È una truffa organizzata. Speriano che li arrestino
Pokerstars is rigged and pokerstars vr is even worse !!
HAND ONE - AA lose to runner runner straight
HAND TWO - J10 flop J4J lose to river fullhouse
HAND THREE - A4 flop AAK lose to runner runnner flush
This is complete junk !!
Pokerstars creates "Action Hands" where they make everyone think they have the nuts so everyone will bet,raise and call to make the pot bigger and bigger resulting in a larger rake, this is the ONLY reason why pokerstars rigs games....to make the pot as big as possible so they can take more rake.
If this wasnt rigged and normal play then the rake would be "Standard" on every hand (Say the rake would be $1 on all hands for 50 hands then that would be $50, but if they "rig" the game to make the pot massive say the rake would then be $20 so over 50 hands the rake is $1000 !
I played on FT Poker back before it was banned on Black Friday 2011. I turned 0 dollars to 1200 playing mostly 9 person S&G, 2 dollar games. The math ran within 1% of all situations on a huge database of hands I had amassed. It took me 4 years to get my money, but I finally did. I can only play FT poker now for play chips. I no longer have access to HH's, and the "hands" feature which shows all your played hands no longer works either. I've sent many e-mails but only get a "were getting to many e-mails to answer yours" reply every time. The math doesn't run right at all anymore. I don't believe the old owners of FT poker were crooked, because the site had a true random RNG. Why would a crook run a fair random deal? I believe Jokerstars set up FT Poker to go down. Because back then, all your top name players were on FT Poker, not Jokerstars. The biggest top name pro they ever had, Daniel N., has even quit the site.
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