A look at PokerStars latest innovation Home Games

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 24, 2011 Posted in Poker Promotions | No Comments »

The world’s largest online poker room, PokerStars, has found a new way to bring their massive community of poker players together; by creating PokerStars Home Games. Home Games allow players to create and manage private poker leagues for their friends and family by making each individual league password protected and giving the league manager the option to invite people to join.

Each league can have a maximum of 50 members, and players can only be active in three leagues at any one time –players are also only allowed to be League Manager of just one club.

Home Games can be played for either Real-Money or Play Money, and the league manager and administrators can create both tournaments and cash-game tables. Leagues can choose to have their tournament results tracked by PokerStars, where the site will award points to each player based on their finish and keep a league leader-board –tracking everything from prize-money to average finish to number of knockouts.

One thing players will notice is that Home Games don’t fall under the strict terms and conditions of other PokerStars games and players are allowed to play at the same table even if they are sharing an IP address or playing from the same address.

Here is a look at the Home Games features described on the PokerStars website:

·    Club Management Tools – appoint administrators, accept/remove members, customize your club lobby, set length of club seasons, and more.
·    Club Leaderboard – ranks players by points earned through tournament play
·    Player Statistics – view points earned, top finishes, knockouts for each club member
·    Game Management Tools – customize game parameters and schedule games
·    Save Favorite Game Setups – easy to replay your favorite customized game configurations
·    Game Schedule – list of scheduled tournaments and open ring game tables
·    Game Results – view tournament results including finish order, points earned, knockouts
·    Private Games – all games and tournaments are available only to members of your club
·    Custom Tables – your club name appears on the felt of your customized game tables
·    Full Range of Poker Games – Choose Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, mixed games like HORSE and others

Judging by the number of leagues already created, PokerStars Home Games looks to be a major hit, and is a great way to reconnect with poker players from your past that may not live close enough to play in your home game anymore.

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