PokerStars VIP Program - Earn

PokerStars was the first online poker site to reward its frequent players, and the PokerStars VIP Club remains the biggest and best rewards program in online poker! Every PokerStars real money player is eligible to earn points at our tables. These points can be spent on great merchandise, to enter online tournaments, and to qualify for major live events! The more you play, the more you earn. See below to find out more about what we offer.

Q.How do I get rewarded?

A.

Being rewarded is as easy as playing poker. When you play for real money at PokerStars, you earn two types of points at the same time:

  • VIP Player Points (VPPs)
  • Frequent Player Points (FPPs)

VPPs determine your VIP level on a monthly or yearly basis. Monthly VPPs reset on the first day of each calendar month. Yearly VPPs reset on January 1st of every year. VPPs are used as a monthly and yearly counter of your play and are not redeemable.

FPPs have value and can be redeemed by entering tournaments, purchasing items from the VIP Store, or exchanging to cash.

Each time you earn one VPP you will also earn one or more FPPs based on your VIP level. For example, if you are a Supernova player you will earn 3.5 FPPs for each VPP.

Move up the VIP levels to access better rewards. Check out the VIP Tiers page for a comparison of the rewards and benefits available to each VIP level.

Q.How do I earn VPPs?

A.

You earn points by playing in PokerStars games which have a rake or fee.

In PokerStars tournaments, you earn points based on the entry fee. You receive VPPs at the rate of 5.5 VPPs (and corresponding FPPs) for each $1.00 USD or CAD in fee paid, 7 VPPs (and corresponding FPPs) for each €1.00 EUR in fee paid, or 8.8 VPPs (and corresponding FPPs) for each £1.00 GBP in fee paid.  Fractional VPPs will be awarded in hundredths.

  • For example, if you play a tournament which costs $10+$1 to enter, $10 goes into the prize pool, and $1 is the entry fee. You earn 5.5 VPPs for each $1 USD in entry fees, so you would receive 5.5 VPPs for playing this event.
  • In a $5 buy-in Sit & Go poker tournament with a $0.50 entry fee, 2.75 VPPs will be awarded to each player who played in the tournament.
  • Playing in a €5 buy-in tournament with a €0.50 entry fee will earn you 3.5 VPPs.

In PokerStars sponsored live tournaments, you earn points based on the entry fee paid when you buy into an event using the real money balance from your PokerStars account. You receive VPPs per unit of currency in the fee paid. You receive VPPs at the rate of 5.5 VPPs for each $1.00 USD or CAD in fee paid, 7 VPPs for each €1.00 EUR in fee paid, or 8.8 VPPs for each £1.00 GBP in fee paid, you will not receive FPPs for these transactions. Buying directly into the event with cash at the live venue will not earn points.

Please Note: VPPs are not awarded for live event entries that are won through satellites. VPPs are also not awarded when registering for live events using T-Money, FPPs or Cash. VPPs earned for live events are credited to player accounts before the end of the month that the event finished in.

Please Note: Play Money and freeroll tournaments do not charge a cash fee, so do not award VPPs.

In PokerStars cash games, you earn points based on the ‘rake’ taken from each hand and your contribution to the pot.

The total VPPs awarded to the table are based on the VPP rate multiplied by the total rake taken. The VPP rate varies depending on the number of seats, stakes, and currency of the table (see below for more information). The total VPPs are then divided among the players who contributed money to the pot, based on the amount contributed. Fractional VPPs are awarded in hundredths.

Example: In a $1/$2 ‘6-max’ No Limit Hold’em Ring Game with five players dealt in, the total pot is $100, and $3 of rake is collected. A total of 16.5 VPPs are awarded to the table.

ExampleContributionPot %VPPs
Player 1 $6 6% 0.99
Player 2 $0 0% 0.00
Player 3 $46 46% 7.59
Player 4 $46 46% 7.59
Player 5 $2 2% 0.33
Total $100 100% 16.5

To calculate the VPPs that Player 1 would earn from this hand, multiply the total VPPs awarded to the table (16.5 VPPs) by Player 1's contribution to the pot ($6/$100, or 6%), a total of 0.99 VPPs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In all cash ring games, points are credited at the end of a hand. So if you leave a table before the hand is completed, you may not receive the VPP for that hand. To ensure that you are properly credited, please ‘Sit Out’ until the start of the next hand, and then leave the table.

EARNING VPPS AT CASH TABLES WITH 8 OR MORE SEATS

These VPP earning rules apply to all cash tables with 8 or more seats, no matter how many players are actually seated or dealt in.

VPPs at these tables are awarded at the rate of 6 VPPs for each $1.00 USD in rake collected, 8 VPPs for each €1.00 EUR in rake collected, or 10.5 VPPs for each £1.00 GBP in rake collected.

Example 1: In a $3/$6 No Limit Hold’em game, nine players are dealt in, and the rake is $3.00. With $3.00 USD rake, 18 total VPPs are awarded to the table based on each player’s contribution to the pot.

Example 2: In a €0.25/€0.50 No Limit Hold’em game with nine seats, six players are dealt in and the rake is €0.30. With €0.30 EUR rake, 2.4 VPPs are awarded to the table based on each player’s contribution to the pot.

EARNING VPPS AT CASH TABLES WITH 7 OR FEWER SEATS

These VPP earning rules apply to all tables that have seven or fewer seats, no matter how many players are actually seated or dealt in. VPPs at these tables are awarded at the rate of 5.5 VPPs for each $1.00 in rake collected, 7 VPPs for each €1.00 in rake collected, or 8.8 VPPs for each £1.00 GBP in rake collected.

Example 1: In a $2/$4 ‘6 max’ No Limit Hold’em game, six players are dealt in, and the rake is $2.00. With $2.00 USD rake, 11 total VPPs are awarded to the table based on each player’s contribution to the pot.

Example 2: In a €0.10/€0.25 ‘6 max’ No Limit Hold’em game, four players are dealt in and the rake is €0.30. With €0.30 EUR rake, 2.1 VPPs are awarded to the table based on each player’s contribution to the pot.

EARNING VPPS AT MICROSTAKES CASH TABLES

These VPP earning rules apply to tables at the following limits, regardless of the number of seats and no matter how many players are actually seated or dealt in. VPPs for these No Limit and Pot Limit cash tables are awarded as below.

VPPs awarded per $1.00 USD in rake collectedVPPs awarded per €1.00 EUR in rake collected
$0.01/$0.02 10 €0.01/€0.02 12
$0.02/$0.05 8.5 €0.02/€0.05 10
$0.05/$0.10 7 €0.05/€0.10 9

Example 1: In a $0.02/$0.05 ‘6-max’ Pot Limit Omaha game, six players are dealt in, and the rake is $0.56. With $0.56 rake, 4.76 VPPs are awarded to the table based on each player’s contribution to the pot.

Example 2: In a €0.01/€0.02 Pot Limit Hold'em game with nine seats, six players are dealt in and the rake is €0.12. With €0.12 EUR rake, 1.44 VPPs are awarded to the table based on each player’s contribution to the pot.

Q.How many FPPs do I earn for each VPP?

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The higher your VIP level, the more FPPs you receive. The table below shows how you can reach higher VIP levels and how many FPPs you earn for each VPP at each level.

VIP LEVEL POINT EARNING REQUIREMENTS

MONTHLY VIP LEVELS
VIP LevelMonthly VPPs RequiredFPPs per VPP
BronzeStar None 1.0
ChromeStar 100 1.0
SilverStar 500 1.5
GoldStar 2,500 2.0
PlatinumStar 7,500 2.5

YEARLY VIP LEVELS
VIP LevelYearly VPPs RequiredFPPs per VPP
Supernova 100,000 3.5
Supernova Elite 1,000,000 5.0

EXAMPLE 1: A BronzeStar VIP plays in a raked hand. He earns 1 VPP and at the same time earns 1 matching FPP. If this player was a GoldStar VIP and earned 1 VPP, he'd earn not 1, but 2 FPPs for playing this hand.

EXAMPLE 2: A PlatinumStar VIP plays in a $50+$5 tournament. He earns 5.5 VPP per $1 in fee, so the $5 fee awards 27.5 VPP. As a PlatinumStar VIP he receives 2.5 FPPs for each VPP so he would receive 68.75 FPPs for playing this event.

EXAMPLE 3: A SilverStar VIP plays in a raked cash game hand for which 2 VPP are awarded.As a SilverStar VIP he receives 1.5 FPPs for each VPP, so he would receive 3 FPP for playing this hand.

EXAMPLE 4: A Supernova VIP plays in the Sunday Million, which costs $200+$15 to play. She earns 5.5 VPP per $1 in fees, so the $15 fee awards 82.5 VPP. As a Supernova VIP she receives 3.5 FPPs for each VPP, so she would receive 288.75 FPP for playing this event.

Q.How can I check my VIP Status?

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From the PokerStars game lobby, open the Cashier window. From there, click on VIP Status. A window will open which will tell you how many VPPs you have earned this month, how many VPPs you have earned this year, and will give you details on how many VPPs you need to reach the next VIP level.

Q.How can I check my FPP balance?

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To check your FPP balance, open the PokerStars game lobby and click on Cashier. Your current Frequent Player Points balance will be displayed in the Cashier window. Please note that FPPs only expire if you do not earn any FPPs within one full calendar year. For instance, if you earn any Frequent Player Points in the year 2013, your FPPs will not expire that year. However, if you earn no FPPs in the 2014 calendar year, your FPPs will expire on December 31, 2014.

Now that you've learned how to earn points, it's time to see all the rewards! For more information on VIP levels, go to our BE REWARDED page next for more details.

MORE INFORMATION:

If you have questions about the PokerStars VIP Club, please e-mail us at support@pokerstars.com.

PokerStars management reserves the right to alter the VIP Club and FPP program, or cancel any poker tournament, without advance notice.

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