PokerStars Review 2023

With over 22 years in the industry, PokerStars is among the most reputable and highly respected online poker platforms.

Universal Affiliates are proud to announce we have partnered with PokerStars to give players worldwide an enhanced experince on the already excellent site.

To find out more about our offer and PokerStars in general, scroll down and read on.

Pokerstars Welcome Bonus (new accounts)

It is no surprise that a site as large as PokerStars gives you a choice of two welcome bonus offers. Players can claim a $30 FREE PLAYER bonus or a matched bonus of up to $600. 


Here are all the details on how to claim your bonuses and on the bonuses themselves:

$30 FREE PLAYER Bonus. 

  1. Create a new PokerStars account here
  2. Deposit a minimum of $20 into your PokerStars account
  3. Use promo code THIRTY when you deposit

Once you have followed the above steps, the $30 bonus will be paid out in a mixture of tournament tickets and cash bonuses over the first six days of claiming:

  • Day 1: 10x $0.50 Spin & Go Tickets
  • Day 2: 5x $1 Spin & Go Tickets
  • Day 3: 5x $1 Spin & Go Tickets
  • Day 4: $5 Cash Bonus
  • Day 5: 5x $1 Spin & Go Tickets
  • Day 6: $5 Cash Bonus

Deposit Match Up To $600

  1. Deposit a minimum of $10 (maximum of $600) into your PokerStars account 
  2. Use promo code "STARS600" when you deposit
  3. The matched deposit bonus will be credited to your account
  4. Earn $5 in cash every time you earn 75 redemption points
  5. The bonus is active for 120 days. The rest will only be attainable if you redeem it in this timeframe. 

After claiming your deposit bonus, you must redeem your reward by playing games on PokerStars. Every $1 you pay in rake or tournament fees will earn you 5 redemption points, and every 75 redemption points will earn you $5 from your bonus. 

Players will get back what they put in with this bonus. For example, you can receive a $600 bonus, but you will need to deposit $600 to receive a bonus of this amount.


The rewards programme at PokerStars allows players to get up to 25% rakeback through Chests which are won by accumulating Reward Points. For every $1 paid in rake or tournament fees, 100 Reward Points will be awarded. Reward Points can also be gained by betting on PokerStars' Sportsbook or playing in Stars Casino. 

The more Reward Points you have, the higher the value of the chests you earn.

In addition to Chests, players can unlock Monthly Poker Challenges worth up to an additional 40% in rewards, meaning the highest-level players can earn up to 65% back with PokerStars Rewards.


For more info on the normal reward scheme -


We have agreed to run a trial deal together where we are able to arrange bespoke Weekly Poker Challenges.


Normally, the points target and reward from the Weekly Poker Challenges will be personalised to the player based on their playing history and can vary each week. However, during the Universal trial players will be able to request a Weekly Poker Challenge points target more suited to their intended level of play which will be set if they are accepted to be part of the trial.


Excluded Countries

Unfortunately, the following countries which are normally accepted at PokerStars, are excluded from this trial: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (Ontario only excluded), Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.


How To Apply

The application process is straightforward. Both new and existing* players will have eligibility to apply for this deal. Here’s how: 

New Players

  1. If you have not yet created an account on PokerStars you can create an account here.
  2. Once you have created an account, please read and complete our Jotform to submit your application

Existing Players

  1. Once you have created an account or if you are an existing player, then please read and complete our Jotform to submit your application. 

*Please note: existing player retag enquiries will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, acceptance is not guaranteed.


We will respond via email to let you know whether your application has been successful.

If you have any further questions and would like to get in contact with us, you can do so through the following methods:

PoKERStars promotions

There are promotions available for all players. No matter the game variant, whether it be cash game, tournament, or SNGs, all players are given an excellent opportunity to earn extra rewards. 

These promotions from PokerStars are claimable on top of the Welcome Bonus you select and PokerStars Rewards programme. You can see what active PokerStars promotions are available on their site anytime.

 Here are a few of our favourite promotions which are currently active:


PokerStars spoils players for choice with a large variety of cash games and tournaments, including: 


  • Texas Hold’em
  • Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo
  • Omaha Hi/Lo
  • Five Card Omaha and 5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo
  • Five Card Draw
  • Seven Card Stud and Stud Hi/lo
  • Razz
  • Single Draw Lowball 2-7
  • Triple Draw Lowball 2-7
  • 8-Game Mix
  • Courchevel and Courchevel Hi/Lo
  • H.O.R.S.E
  • Badugi
  • Fast fold variants of Hold’em and Omaha
  • Fusion (Exclusively available at PokerStars)
  • Tempest (Exclusively available at PokerStars)

In addition to the above, PokerStars is also home to the Sunday Million, which is the biggest weekly online poker tournament and hosts massive online festivals such as the Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP), Turbo Series, MicroMillions, and the biggest of them all, the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP).

pokerstars customer support

PokerStars has two key methods for players to use to get in contact:


In addition to Live Chat and Email, you can join over 27,000 players in PokerStars’ Discord Community. Here, players can discuss hands, promotions, software feedback, feedback in general, or chat in general.