Poker Articles

» I am unable to find a specific tournament, and I have the tournament number. Can I search for it?

Simply go to ‘Requests’ -> ‘Find a Tournament’, and input the Tournament Number...


» I am registered for a tournament, but cannot find it. How do I view all tournaments I am registered in?

If you ever have difficulty finding the lobby of a Tournament you are registered for, or playing in, to locate it, go to the PokerStars Lobby screen and select...


» Many players are sitting out, and it’s ruining the game! Is this allowed?

Sitting Out in tournaments is permitted at any time – for good reasons...


» Can I get a visual representation/replay of the hand I just played?

We have a graphical hand replay feature available which allows you to see a full replay of previous hands you have played...


» How can I review the hands I just played?/What is the Instant Hand History?

You may wish to consider activating our 'Instant Hand History' feature, should you wish to immediately review your hands...


» How do I save my Hand Histories?

Saving your Hand Histories is quite easy – simply go to the PokerStars Lobby screen and select ‘Options’, then ‘Instant Hand History Options...


» How do I request my poker play statistics?

At the table, click on the dealer tray or ‘Options’ and select ‘Request statistics’. You can request statistics for a number of your most recent hands...


» What happens if I am disconnected in the middle of a hand?

It occasionally occurs that due to reasons beyond our players' control, they are unable to act on their poker hand in time...


» What happens if the system crashes in the middle of a game?

In the unlikely event of a server crash which prevents completion of a hand...


» What is the minimum buy-in?

The minimum buy-in our poker room for Fixed Limit tables is ten times the small bet (the bet on the first two betting rounds). For example, on a $10/$20 table, the minimum buy-in would be $100...


» Does the poker software allow me to muck the winning poker hand?

No, it doesn't. If you play your hand to the showdown and you hold the winning hand, it will always automatically be shown...


» I see a little ‘N’ underneath some players images...what is this?

This indicates that you have made a note about this player in the past, and it is stored for your viewing...


» Can I play at the same table as my friend?

Yes. PokerStars is happy for friends, relatives, and acquaintances to play at the same table as each other. However...


» How do I know how much money is in the pot?

At any PokerStars table, the full amount of the pot, including all current bets, is always displayed numerically at the top of the table, above the dealer's tray or ‘Options’ button...


» What is a ‘rake’? How much is the PokerStars rake?

PokerStars is an internet poker room, not a casino. That means you never play poker against the house, only against other players...


» Can I play for real money?

Of course! You are under no obligation to play for real money, but if you want to, we have a wide variety of games and tournaments available...


» I qualified for an event that I can no longer play in... What do I do?

It depends on the type of event. If the target event is ‘ticket based,’ then you can unregister from that event and use the Ticket to play in another, similar event...


» Can I play at more than one table at the same time?

Yes, you are welcome to play in multiple ring games and tournaments simultaneously. For some players, this is one of the greatest features of online poker...


» The poker game I wish to join is full. What should I do?

If a poker game is full, you can put your name on the Waiting List for that game...


» What are your Terms Of Service?

Please read our PokerStars Online Poker Site Terms of Service...


» If I am faced with a difficult decision in a poker tournament, may I "request time"?

All tournament players are given a ‘Time Bank’ at the beginning of the tournament. If a player needs a longer than normal time to decide on an action, the player can...


» I played a poker tournament several days ago, and the information is no longer displayed in the lobby. How do I retrieve it?

From the ‘Requests’ menu in the PokerStars lobby, choose ‘Tournament History’...


» How do I register for a poker tournament?

If a poker tournament is in the ‘Registering’ or ‘Late Reg’ state, highlight that tournament by clicking on it, then click on the ‘Tournament Lobby’ button...


» What happens if a tournament needs to be cancelled?

When a poker tournament needs to be cancelled because of a server crash or some other reason, players will be...


» Where can I view upcoming poker tournaments?

You may view upcoming poker tournaments by selecting ‘Tourney’ in the PokerStars main lobby...


» Why should I play online poker on PokerStars?

PokerStars is proud of everything we've done to make your poker playing experience as safe and enjoyable as possible...