PokerStars Marketing Code: FlopTurnRiver
When creating a new account, you will come to a window that asks for your email address and country of residence. On this screen, you will also see “How did you hear about PokerStars?” This is where you enter “FlopTurnRiver”, as shown below:
PokerStars Bonus Code: TWENTY
When making your first deposit, the PokerStars Bonus Code TWENTY will activate the £20 free play bonus, described below. The screen shot below is an example of how you should enter the code upon making a credit card deposit.
Don’t forget to enter this code if you want to get £20 free! If you do happen to forget to use the bonus code, contact PokerStars at firstname.lastname@example.org within a 7 day period of making your first deposit.
£20 Free Play First Deposit Bonus
Make your first real money deposit using the bonus code “TWENTY” (shown above) to receive £20 free over 6 days. The deposit has to be at least £10 to activate the bonus.
Clearing the Bonus
This is as simple as it gets – there are no clearing requirements! You will be given a new bonus each day, for a total of 6 days, which adds up to $30, equivalent to £20 in value. See the table below for a full breakdown of the offer.
|1||(5) $1 Spin & Go tickets|
|2||(5) $1 Spin & Go tickets|
|3||(5) $1 Spin & Go tickets|
|4||$5 cash bonus|
|5||(5) $1 Spin & Go tickets|
|6||$5 cash bonus|
Just make sure to log in and you will get your free money, each day. You can’t cashout the free money given to you, and you can’t transfer your tickets. They’re meant to be played with. Just make sure you use your tickets within 21 days or else they will expire.
The PokerStars VIP Club is by far the best VIP program for any online poker website. The VIP Cub consists of 7 tiers, which allow players to gain access to ever greater rewards when moving up the tiers. All players start at BronzeStar, and if ambitious enough, can earn their way up to Supernova Elite which is worth over $100,000 by itself!
For more information, including a break down of each level, see our in depth guide on the PokerStars VIP Club.
PokerStars is constantly adding new and exciting promotions. He is a look at some of their more popular ongoing promos and events.
Major Sunday Tournaments
Along with its regular tournament schedule, PokerStars runs a series of major tournaments on Sunday. These tournaments attract the most players and the biggest prize pools in all of online poker, so if you love tournaments, you’ll love Sundays on PokerStars! Here is the list of all the major tournaments listed in starting order.
Sunday always kicks off with a spark, The Sunday Spark, which is a 3X-Turbo tournament with a $1+R buy-in. The R means that it’s a rebuy tourney, and this one has an unlimited number of rebuys. Starting at 04:00 ET, this tournament has a $25,000 guarantee and a 60-minute late registration period and is the perfect way to start off your Sunday!
The bigger guns come out at 08:00 ET with the start of the Sunday Kickoff. With a buy-in of $109, this tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. It’s the first major tournament on the schedule every Sunday and the best way to get a piece of the action early.
The Sunday Warm-Up is one of the largest weekly tournaments in online poker and your chance to win a share of $500,000. Starting every Sunday at 11:00 ET, this is your chance to win close to $100,000 with only a $215 buy-in. A lot of previous winners include some of the biggest names in poker, so don’t miss out on being next!
This one starts at 12:00 ET, just an hour after the Sunday Warm-Up. This rebuy tournament features a $109 buy-in with $100 rebuys and add-on’s, which provide some great action and the chance to win a chunk of the $225,000 prize pool. Usually the prize pools ends up much bigger though, due to all the rebuys and add-ons.
With just an $11 buy-in, the Sunday Storm is perfect for players of all levels and bankrolls, especially with the huge guaranteed $300,000 guaranteed prize pool. The Sunday Storm starts every Sunday at 13:30 ET and features special editions during anniversaries and tournament series, where the guaranteed prize pool can reach as much as $1,000,000!
The Sunday Million is the single biggest weekly tournament in online poker, with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000 and a buy-in of just $215. Starting at 14:30 ET, winning this event will bring you a six-figure score and just making the final table can do the same! Hundreds of satellites to this tournament are constantly running, so you have lots of chances to get in without even having to pay $215!
One of the most prestigious events in online poker, the Sunday 500 starts at 15:30 ET and features a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool, which usually swells up to at least $400,000. This event features a $530 buy-in and attracts some of the best players out there. There is a very good reason, since it’s one of the few online tournaments where you can score close to a six-figure payday in a field of around 600 players.
Sunday Second Chance
The Sunday Second Chance is perfect for players who did not make a big score in the Sunday Warm-Up or Sunday Million. With a $215 buy-in, you can get a second chance every Sunday at 16:30 ET with a guaranteed prize pool of $175,000.
There are not a lot of big weekly tournaments that feature the action-packed six-player format, but the Sunday Six-Max is one of the biggest. This event is one of the last majors of the week, kicking off at 17:00 ET with $162 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000.
With the hyper-turbo structure the Sunday Supersonic is one of its kind. Finishing off the Sunday majors schedule, it can provide you with a huge score in a matter of hours! The tournaments starts at 18:30 ET and features a guaranteed prize pool of $125,000 with a $215 buy-in.
The first of the three most recent additions to the major tournaments lineup, the Sunday NLO8, featuring an $82 buy-in and a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool, which makes it the largest Omaha Hi/Lo tournament available online. This tournament is also features progressive knockouts, which means that each player has a bounty on his head and the more players you knock out, the bigger your bounty gets.
The second recent addition is a Pot Limit Omaha tournament with an $82 buy-in and a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. Just like the Sunday NLO8, this tournament features progressive knockouts.
The full Sunday schedule has even more major tournaments, most of them featuring a $215 buy-in and different game types like Draw games, Stud and many more, so check out the full schedule in the PokerStars client.
For 12 years now, The World Championship of Online Poker has been the biggest online tournament series the world. With dozens of players becoming instant millionaires thanks to this incredible series, the WCOOP is as good as ever and set to host a $10,000,000 guaranteed Main Event in 2014!
WCOOP Events usually have buy-ins starting from $215 up to tens of thousands of dollars. Don’t worry though, satellites are always running as soon as the WCOOP Events hit the schedule, including special events open exclusively to PokerStars VIPs that include added seats to the prize pool.
WCOOP is also the only series to host 2nd Chance events for each of the tournaments in the series. 2nd Chance events for each WCOOP event start three hours after the start of most events and have the same structure and a slightly smaller buy-in. The prize pools in these events reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, so they can be just a valuable as the main WCOOP events. However, these events do not award bracelets or Player of the Series points.
All players who win WCOOP bracelets are later awarded at a special ceremony, which is held in a different place every year. Winners receive travel allowance and accommodation to enable their attendance the ceremony. If for some reason the winner is unable to attend the awards ceremony, alternative arrangements are made to ship the bracelet directly to the winner, or, if that is also not possible, the bracelet can be picked up at one of the future PokerStars events.
SCOOP started in 2009 and is now one of the best-known series out there. While WCOOP may be the biggest online series in the world buy-in wise, the Spring Championship of Online Poker is the biggest series overall, thanks to its unique structure.
The main thing that separates SCOOP from any other tournament series are the separate buy-in levels designed to suit all bankrolls. Each event has three buy-in levels – Low, Medium and High. This allows SCOOP to be the biggest series in the world while offering events with buy-ins during a single series ranging from $5.50 all the way up to $21,000.
TCOOP is the Turbo Championship of Online Poker, which was designed especially for MTT players who enjoy turbo structure tournaments. The Turbo format has grown quite a lot in popularity over the last few years and now TCOOP is offering 50 events annually with buy-ins ranging from $7.50 to $2,100.
The turbo format is the main difference between TCOOP and other series like WCOOP and SCOOP. While standard blind levels for a WCOOP tournament are 20 minutes long, the blind levels for most TCOOP tournaments are just 5 minutes long. However, all tournaments still provide deep starting stacks, which is what makes the TCOOP series so great.
On top of the huge guaranteed prize pools, TCOOP winners also receive a special TCOOP Champion golden colored card protector and all players who make the final table receive silver colored card protectors. There is also a “Player of the Series” leader board which awards SCOOP tickets to the top finishers.
First played in March 2012, MicroMillions has since become the most prestigious low-stakes tournament series. With buy-ins starting from just $0.11, MicroMillions is the ultimate series that allows virtually anyone to play for big prizes.
Millions of dollars in prize money is awarded throughout 100 events each time the series runs, with the highlight being the $1 million guaranteed $22 Main Event. In total, tens of millions of dollars have been awarded since the series began.
PokerStars MTT Leader Board
The PokerStars Multi-Table Tournament Leader Board is the best way to show that you are one of the best tournament players in the world. Every time you place in the top 15% of any regular MTT on PokerStars, you are awarded TLB (Tournament Leader Board) points. The amount of points you receive varies depending on the buy-in, number of entrance in the tournament and your eventual finishing position. Don’t forget though, that Sit & Go tournaments with less than 40 players and satellite tournaments don’t count towards these rankings.
The Ranking System
The formula used to determine the points awarded to a player in tournaments is: Points = 10 * [sqrt(n)/sqrt(k)] * [1+log(b+0.25)]
n is the number of entrants
k is the place of finish (k=1 for the first-place finisher, and so on)
b is the buy-in amount in US Dollars, excluding the entry fee. For freerolls the buy-in is $0, and for FPP tournaments 1 FPP is counted as $0.0161.
So if you take third place in a $20 tournament with a field of 150 players, you will receive 163.09 points. n will be equal to 150, k will be equal to 3, and b will be equal to 20. The equation will look like this:
10 * [sqrt(n)/sqrt(k)] * [1+log(b+0.25)] = 163.09
Weekly Leader Board
Your 10 best results from all of the tournaments played between 12:00:00 am Sunday and 11:59:59 pm Saturday are included in the weekly TLB. Each week, the winner of the weekly leader board gets to play against a member of Team PokerStars Pro in a heads-up match the following Sunday. The match starts at 14:00 ET and the TLB winner gets to choose the game. The prize pool starts at $1,000 and carries over to next week’s if the Team PokerStars Pro wins the match.
Monthly Leader Board
The Monthly Tournament Leader Board takes 20 of your best results from the tournaments played between 12:00:00 am ET on the first day of the month and 11:59:59 pm ET on the last day of the month.
T$40,000 in prizes are up for grabs for the top 1,000 players of each monthly leaderboard, with the first place finisher getting T$2,000. T$ are tournament dollars exclusive to PokerStars. While they cannot be cashed out, they can be used to buy into any tournament or Sit & Go.
Yearly Leader Board
The Yearly Tournament Leader Board offers the best prizes any tournament players can ask for. This leaderboard takes your best 100 results from tournaments played between 00:00:00 ET on January 1 and 11:59:59 ET on December 31.
More than $200,000 worth of PokerStars Passports are awarded to the top ten finishers, with the winner getting a PokerStars Passport worth $50,000. The PokerStars Passport can be used to buy-in into any PokerStars-sponsored live event or online tournament series like the WCOOP or SCOOP.
Players’ Choice Satellites
Players’ Choice Satellites are weekly qualifiers that offer €1,500 packages (€1,100 entry plus €400 expenses) that are valid for all Main Events in the Estrellas Poker Tour, Eureka Poker Tour, France Poker Series and UK & Ireland Poker Tour.
Players have a lot to choose from with more than 10 eligible live events per year in three different tours. Satellites are running every week starting on Wednesdays at 16:05 ET with a buy-in of €215. Qualifier tournaments are also available and start from just €2.22.
VIP Bash Satellites
SilverStar VIPs and higher have the opportunity to qualify for PokerStars sponsored live and online tournaments thanks to the VIP Bash satellites. These qualifiers run approximately once per month and feature huge guarantees that allow PokerStars VIPs more chances to win entry into special events.
All of the VIP Bash satellites can be found in the PokerStars lobby by selecting “Tourney,” then “VIP,” and finally the “All” tab.
Terms & Conditions
These T&C apply to all PokerStars bonus offers:
Players must be 18 years of age or over the legal age of majority in their resident jurisdiction to participate in the PokerStars promotion. A player may be asked at any stage to provide PokerStars with proof of age or address. Any player unable to produce such proof of age as and when requested will be disqualified from any promotions.
You may only take advantage of one of our first deposit offers, however you may take advantage of any other bonus that is open to all players. You can check for eligible bonuses by visiting the ‘My Bonus Status’ section of the Cashier.
Final Thoughts: The Bottom Line
PokerStars has the widest varieties of bonuses available to players, along with one of the best clearance rates for the First Deposit Bonus. Along with all the additional promotions and the best and biggest tournament series in online poker, PokerStars is definitely the best choice for new players, as well as experienced grinders.
If you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up here!