PokerStars Welcome Bonus & Bonus Code
PokerStars is the biggest name in the world of online poker. In addition to delivering the most advanced poker download, PokerStars.com also provides first class customer service, serious yet effective security, and some of the best poker promotions in the online poker world, beginning with the new depositor bonus of 100% deposit match up to $600 (€465, £390, or CAD $625).
PokerStars Bonus Code: STARS600
Achieving the $600 bonus is a relatively simple process as long as you are willing to deposit a total amount of $600 into your new PokerStars.com account, and play the necessary amount of real money poker games or MTT’s and SnG’s.
To begin, click on PokerStars and open your new account with the 2012 PokerStars Marketing Code of “PSA7201“. This exclusive PokerStars Marketing Code qualifies you for extra benefits, which we will clarify at the bottom of this article!
Players qualify for the PokerStars welcome bonus upon making their first cash deposit. The Poker Stars new player bonus is a 100% match bonus, meaning if you deposit $200, PokerStars will match that and award you $200. The largest bonus possible is $600, €465, £390, or CAD $625. Use the PokerStars Bonus Code STARS600 each time you make a deposit to qualify, up to your first three deposits or up to $600. Enter STARS600 into the “bonus code” field on the deposit screen before processing your payment!
The deposit amount can be of any size, but you must deposit a total of $600 within 3 deposits, and within the first 90 days to qualify for the maximum bonus of $600. PokerStars has recently introduced this ability – allowing 3 deposits within a 90 day period – to make it easier for new players to achieve the complete $600 bonus amount.
Again, be sure to type in the Poker Stars bonus code STARS600 upon making your initial deposit and any subsequent deposits that count towards this bonus (first 3 deposits).
You achieve the bonus cash, once you have earned the required number of VIP Player Points (VPP’s).
Players earn VPP’s by playing in real money tourneys and games at PokerStars.com. The real money poker games charge a rake or an entry fee that the player pays, and this converts to VPP’s. Players achieve more VPP’s by playing in tournaments and cash games with higher rakes. Each $1 spent on the rake awards the player 5.5 VPPs. The rake varies depending on the specific game. For example, a $20+2 tournament has a $2 rake. This means you pay $20 dollars towards to the total prize pool, to the pot and $2 to the rake. Playing this tournament would earn you 11 VPP’s. A $5 dollar tourney has a $0.50 fee, so you would collect 2.75 VPP’s.
You don’t need to win the game or tournament to earn the VPP’s, each poker player immediately earns the VPP’s. Click the “Cashier” button and then the “Check My Bonus Status” button to view your VPP’s.
You are required to collect VPP’s equal to 17 times the bonus amount (based on $USD figure, see table below for VPP clearance rates in other currencies). In other words to cash out the maximum bonus of $600, you would need to earn 17×600 or 10,200 VPP’s. The cash bonus is rewarded in increments of 10 ($10, £10, €10 etc), each depositing into your account as you clear the needed VPP’ss (e.g. 170 VPPs for every $10 increment). You have 6 months after each qualifying deposit to achieve all the VPP’s required to collect your bonus money, which is plenty of time to get the maximum bonus of $600, €465, £390, or CAD $625!
The bonus awards will automatically be paid into your cashier account and you will receive an email from PokerStars letting you know that a bonus has been transferred into your account. Go to your PokerStars account screen to confirm that the bonus is no longer listed as “Pending”, and then check “History” in the “Cashier” section to see that it has been applied to your real money balance.
Breaking down the Poker Stars welcome bonus for the tournament player, you must spend about $3 in tournament fees to earn $1 in bonus. This 3:1 ratio is typical among the online poker rooms. But PokerStars.com offers more flexibility with its welcome bonus by allowing 3 distinct deposits to count towards the bonus and 6 months to colletc the necessary VPP’s.
Now we also mentioned, opening your new player account with the PokerStars Marketing Code of “PSA7201” unlocks some extra perks! Enter PSA7201 in the Marketing Code field, and qualify to enter in $1,000 worth of freerolls and money added tournaments every month!
Here’s an overview of the private tourneys you may participate in, each month:
$500 freeroll – You must earn 200 FPP’s the month prior the freeroll, and you qualify to play for free! This tournament is held on the 14th of each month!
$500 money added – $5 buy-in and restricted for ONLY those who sign up to play on PokerStars with the marketing code PSA7201 and then open a http://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/ account at our partners at FlopTurnRiver.com. The password is published in the FlopTurnRiver.com forums every month!
Not only can you receive $600 of bonus cash, but also participate in private tournaments that have $1,000 added to the prize pools every month!
Poker Stars offers various other promotions that provide plenty of value. The VIP Club is one of the best in the industry allowing players to spend their frequent player points on electronics, tournament entries, and even cash. The Multi-Table Tournament Leader Board awards thousands of dollars in prize money. The leader boards rank the best tournament players each week, month and year, across all stakes. It’s the largest leader board promotion in the online poker industry.