Thanks to Black Friday, PokerStars was forced to pull out of the United States and it appeared for some time that they would not be able to return. However, the company was sold to Amaya, Inc in August 2014 and since that time; they have been working to returned to the regulated online poker market.
In September, the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement awarded an operators license to PokerStars and allowing them the chance to spread online poker in the regulated market. Chances are that once online poker is regulated in Florida, the state will make a similar decision and allow PokerStars Florida to spread games. Below is our preview of what you can expect from PokerStars Florida.
PokerStars Florida Software
The PokerStars client is the standard that drives the online poker industry. Nearly every innovation in the last decade has either been made by PokerStars or it has been perfected by the company.
Once PokerStars Florida is launched, you can expect an online poker experience on par with that of the standard client. The PokerStars client is the Cadillac of online poker sites, giving players all the features they could want and much more.
Graphics on the client are superior to every other site and just about every part of the client is customizable. Those of you that are tech savvy will appreciate this fact as you can change everything from your avatar down to which games appear in your lobby at launch.
You also will not have to worry about software glitches with PokerStars as they have a superstar team of programmers that root out any problems and fix them immediately. PokerStars set the standard for support, usually returning inquiries within a four-hour timeframe. PokerStars Florida will likely offer telephone and live chat support to make the process even faster.
PokerStars Games and Promotions
If you want to play poker, then you want to play at PokerStars Florida. By poker, we do not mean just Texas Hold’em or PL Omaha. PokerStars offers the largest spread of online poker variants in the world, meaning that all players are welcome.
Here are a few of the non-standard games you will find at PokerStars Florida:
- Seven Card Stud
- Stud Hi-Lo
- 2-7 Lowball
- Five-Card Draw
- Mixed Games (10-Game, 8-Game, H.O.R.S.E., etc)
PokerStars will also offer the highest stakes available. Limits will start at micro stakes and may go as high as $25/$50. Don’t forget, PokerStars also offers Zoom Poker, the fast-fold variant that’s popular around the world.
PokerStars also offers the popular Spin & Go tournaments. These events are three-handed Super Turbo events that award prizes pools ranging from double your buy-in up to 1,200 times your buy-in. The top prize in Spin & Go events is presently $1 million.
PokerStars Florida will also offer solid promotions for new players, including $20 free when you signup for a new account. If PokerStars offers casino games, there may be some free play there as well. When you’re ready to make a deposit, they will offer a $100 matching bonus up to $400.
Deposits and Withdrawals from PokerStars Florida
- E-Check (ACH Transfer)
- Bank Transfer aka Bill Pay
- MasterCard and Visa (Debit and Credit Cards)
- Live Deposit at Card Room or Casino Partner (Account Info and ID Required)
When you’re ready to take money out of your online poker account, you can use some of the following options:
- Direct Deposit (ACH Draft)
- Check by USPS (5 Business Day Processing)
- NETELLER (If You Used NETELLER to Fund Account)
- PayPal (May be Required to Make Deposit with PayPal)
- Live Withdrawal at Card Room or Casino Partner (Account Info and ID Required)
PokerStars Florida Timeline
One of the major debates in most states considering online poker regulation is whether or not to allow PokerStars to operate in the regulated market. Many feel that the company should be excluded for operating after the passage of the UIGEA. Others believe the company is a necessary component of a viable regulated market.
Since online poker has received limited discussion in Florida since 2011, PokerStars has yet to receive serious discussion. Below is a brief timeline of PokerStars in Florida and the United States.
- September 11, 2001 – PokerStars officially launches and begins accepting real-money customers, including the United States.
- October 13, 2006 – The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is signed into law by President George W. Bush. It is now illegal for U.S. banks to process online gambling transactions.
- April 15, 2011 – PokerStars is indicted by the United States Department of Justice for violations of the UIGEA and for operating an illegal gambling site. PokerStars pulls out of the U.S. market.
- July 31, 2012 – PokerStars and the DOJ reach a settlement on Black Friday charges. PokerStars purchases Full Tilt Poker as part of settlement.
- August 1, 2014 – PokerStars’ parent company, Rational Group, is sold to Amaya Gaming Group for $4.9 billion.
- September 30, 2015 – PokerStars approved for an operators license by New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, allowing company to return to the regulated U.S. market.
PokerStars Florida Conclusion
PokerStars Florida should become the #1 online poker site in Florida following their launch. They have the best client software, the largest spread of games and the best guarantees in the online poker industry.
PokerStars presently has 71% of global online poker traffic, proving their popularity. In time, that number will grow as they expand back into the regulated U.S. market. Online poker is coming to Florida in the future, and when they do, PokerStars Florida will becoming as well.