Launching this week on PokerStars are online poker Home Games. It’s hard to believe that a concept like this hasn’t been brought to life before now, but PokerStars promises to popularize its latest software improvement in a major way. Now, you can create your very own poker club on the world’s largest online poker site if you can muster up a few friends. Then, you’ll get a chance to have a member of Team PokerStars Pro join your home game and bring $1,000 in added cash to the table.
To set up your club on PokerStars, click on the tab labeled “Home Games” in the lobby and select “Create a Poker Club.” Then, you’ll name your club and assign an invitation code. After you’re done, it’s time to grow your league by inviting friends to join. Text found on PokerStars explains this simple step: “We’ll send you an e-mail with your club details and Club ID number. You can send these details to your friends via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or any way you like.” It’s just like setting up a fantasy football league. As a commissioner, you can allow and disallow people from joining as you please.
The best part is that your club is completely customizable. You can hold ring games and tournaments and even offer poker genres like Hold’em, Omaha, and Stud. If you choose to create a tournament, PokerStars will send an e-mail to your club’s members notifying them of the event, which eliminates the work you’d normally have to do in order to round up a game. Did we mention that all of this is completely free? It is.
PokerStars will keep leaderboards for each club showing the all-time standings and you can sort by total points, number of games, and average points per game. Also displayed on the leaderboard are number of wins, number of in the money finishes, and number of knockouts. Try keeping track of those in a live game!
You can have up to 50 players join your poker club. Additionally, you can create up to three clubs and join a maximum of 10. If you’re worried about PokerStars’ software potentially bumping you off for collusion, fear not. Text found on PokerStars’ website explains, “The members of a poker club can sit at the same table, even if they are on the same IP address or at the same location. This allows club members to get together at the same place to play an online home game.” Chat and moderation issues are also yours to sort through, as PokerStars does not provide support for those in Home Games.
Any time your poker club holds a tournament or cash game with at least eight players, your manager will be able to compete in an end-of-the-week freeroll. On the line is an opportunity to land a PokerStars pro for a game. Plus, they’ll bring $1,000 in added cash to spice it up. The weekly finals are currently scheduled for 10 weeks starting on January 19th and offer up pros like Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Victor Ramdin, and past World Series of Poker Main Event champs Joe Cada and Jonathan Duhamel.
As if that weren’t enough, clubs that hold two real money or five play money games with at least eight people will have a chance to compete in a $100,000 Ultimate Home Game Freeroll. The winner of the freeroll will take their poker club on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Austria, Canada, China, or Argentina. The online tournament takes place on March 6th at 13:00 ET and joining you in the exotic destination of your choice, should you win it, will be Negreanu, Duhamel, and a third PokerStars pro that you can select.
PokerStars happily accepts players from the United States. Sign up now.