The Discord Home Game Club is Open
Most of you know that PokerStars has a pretty cool feature called "Home Games"; it allows you play poker with your friends or a specific community. And many of you know about our Discord community, where we hang out and talk about poker. I mean all aspects of poker - we even have a special channel called padded_tilt_room where you can rant about bad beats. And we have cookies. Just ask.
Those of us in the Discord community got to talking and we said, "Well, instead of just talking about poker together, we should actually play poker together." Then one of the sharper crayons in the box said, "Home game club, imo." And we were all...
So we are pleased and proud to announce the opening of the Discord Home Game club on PokerStars. It's club number 2117359, which you'll need to know in a few minutes. But more importantly, we're going to have a ridiculous amount of fun in this club. Your hosts will be the same Discord moderators and PokerStars staffers you've come to know (and hopefully love) over the past 6-7 months. But now you'll also find them playing (I use the term loosely, meaning their play) at the tables.
Needless to say, those of us who have official PokerStars badges will not be participating in the real money games (your loss). But we will definitely be playing in the PM games, which means you can hang out and chat with us about how poorly we play, or pretty much any topic you want to bring up.
And by "chat" I mean "talk". Yes, ladies and germs, we are going to have voice-chat on selected tables. "Wait, Lee - there's no voice chat in the PokerStars client." True enough, but there's definitely voice chat in Discord. So we're going to host the voice chat on the Discord server. We'll set up a separate channel for each voice chat-enabled table. Then you just jump in that channel and start talking to your fellow players.
No, you don't have to use the voice chat to play on the tables - it'll just be there as an option.
But wait, there's more. Many of you have been playing in our series of "Disco[rd]" freerolls on Saturdays (yes, we have a disco ball emoji on Discord). Well, we're moving those promotions into the Home Game club. And on the way there, they got (and here I quote the Minister of Promotional Arts, Kalooki) "funner". For instance, this Saturday we're kicking off with an all-bounty tournament. That's right children, you heard right - no prize pool, just bounties. We just put a bounty on each of you and turn you loose in the mean no-limit hold'em streets. Think of it as laser tag for poker - you just try to survive for as long as possible and bag as many bounties as you can on the way. It's going to happen at 12:00pm Eastern Time this coming Saturday, December 9 (T#2118081821) - you don't want to miss it.
Getting into Discord
"Okay," you say, "I'm in. How do I do this?" Well, you need to be a member of both our Discord community and the Home Game club. If you're already a member of the Discord community, you're halfway there. If you're not, well, go here:
If you already have a Discord ID, it'll take you straight into the PokerStars Discord server. If you don't, it will help you set up a Discord ID and then bring you to us.
Once you're in the Discord server, you need to register your email with us. Go to the #promotions channel and all will be explained to you. If you aren't sure what to do, just stand there with a confused expression on your face, and we'll come to help. But make sure you do register your email in the Discord server.
And do it soon, before the cookies are gone.
Getting into the Home Games club
If you've ever joined a Home Games club on PokerStars, it's the same as always. You just need to know:
• The Club number, which is 2117359
• The Club invitation code, which is "discord123" (case matters)
So go to the main page of the PokerStars client software, and in the lower right corner, click on "More" and then "Home Games". Then click on the green "Join Poker Club" button. You'll get an application screen, which you'll fill out like this:
Then you wait for a day or two (maybe less, if we're fast) and you'll be accepted. Please note that you must put your Discord ID into the "Your Name" field.
Once you're in the club, you'll see a home page that looks like this:
After that, you find a cash game or tournament that looks cool and jump right in. Like maybe a bounty-only progressive KO freeroll, T#2118081821.
Again, if you have any questions about this, you know where to find us. Please join soon so you can be one of the runners this coming Saturday, December 9th. That's just the beginning of the fun.
Lee Jones first joined PokerStars in 2003 and has been part of the professional poker world for over 30 years. You can read his occasional Twitter-bites at @leehjones