The world’s #1 online poker site may be coming to New York in the near future. In August 2014, PokerStars was purchased by Amaya, Inc for $4.9 billion. Following that purchase, doors began to open toward the company reentering the U.S. market. It is just a matter of time before they return to New Jersey and the company should eventually return to New York.
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It may sound repetitive, but PokerStars again set the standard in its online poker client. The tab-based setup is one that is emulated by most other online poker sites and the client has many of the features you come to expect from a poker client including customizable themes, four color decks, hand history and replay, and capability to play dozens of games at once.
In New York, expect PokerStars to be the standard-bearer for support. Regulations will likely require that they offer both phone and email support, but chances are that they will offer live chat help as well.
Best Deposit Options Among New York Sites
PokerStars is famous for offering the best options for funding your online poker client. Expect much of the same when they come to New York. Below are some of the options New York players will be able to use to fund their poker account:
• ACH Deposit (Bank Draft)
• Bank Wire (Fees may apply)
• Credit Cards
• Casino Cage Deposit
When PokerStars enters the New York market, expect generous player bonuses to try to entice players from other sites. Here are a few of the things you can expect from the PokerStars welcome bonus:
• $20 in free play to use in any of cash game or tournament
• Freeroll tickets towards the current freeroll promotion
• Special tournament tickets geared specifically towards new players
• $1 million in play chips
• First deposit bonus with 100% matching, likely to $800
Best Spread of Games and Tournaments in the Industry
PokerStars has the greatest spread of online poker games in the industry. They set the standard and constantly raise the bar with new games. In fact, many of the newer tournament varieties spread in live casinos started as events on PokerStars.
Here are the games you will find on PokerStars:
• Texas Hold’em (FL, PL, NL)
• Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo
• Stud, Stud Hi-Lo and Razz
• Five Card Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo
• Five Card Draw
• 2-7 Draw (Single and Triple Draw)
• Mixed Games (H.O.R.S.E., 8-Game, etc)
PokerStars offers the largest spread of poker tournaments in the world, including some of the top tournament series such as the World Championship of Online Poker. In New York, expect PokerStars to offer some of the largest online tournaments and qualifiers to live events such as the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.
Of course, you cannot forget Zoom Poker. In Zoom Poker, players are instantly dealt a new hand whenever they fold. The fast pace of action can result in 150 hands an hour dealt per person.
PokerStars is the top online poker site in the world for a reason. They have the best games, best support and know how to run an online poker site. Once they setup shop in New York, it is likely they will dominate the market and become the top site in the state.