PokerStars Bonus und Bonus Codes
Given how lackluster the PokerStars VIP is, their sign-up bonus options are surprisingly good. The match bonus worth up to $600 (bonus code STARS600) can be claimed over up to three separate deposits and clears easily ($10 bonus cleared per $36 rake paid) giving players an effective rakeback of 28%.
Players which play only casually should pick the free play bonus (bonus code THIRTY) instead. With a deposit of at least $20 new players receive 25 Spin & Go tickets plus $10 cash over the course of 6 days. There are no strings attached and players keep all winnings from the bonus tickets. This is great value for low and micro stakes players.
PokerStars Rake and Tournament Fees
PokerStars is one of best poker rooms in terms of rake. The cash game rake is never more than 5% and the cap is $3 or lower for all but the highest limits. While most other operators cap the rake at $4 (or even €4) PokerStars has considerably lower caps, especially at the lower limits. Tournaments have a fee of roughly 10% of the buy-in – which is industry standard.
The only reason we’re not giving full five stars is that the rake for their Jackpot Sit & Gos (Spin & Go) and almost all turbo tournaments is too high, making those games virtually impossible to beat.