PokerStars
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Network: PokerStars Network

Cashback or Rakeback: Cashback

Percents for (Cashback, Rakeback): 67

Support Holdem Manager: Yes

U.S. Players: No

PokerStars is the largest poker room in the world, which sets all attendance records. An amazing history of PokerStars began in 2001, when the Scheinberg, a father and a son, founded the company. On September 11, the beta version was launched, in which the game was for play money. Three months later the games for real money became available.

Initially, the Scheinberg registered the company in Costa Rica. However, later they moved it to the Isle of Man, since there was a better legal system.

Just over the period of three years, it became the largest room in the online gambling industry. In 2004, analysts estimated the company's value at $2 billion.

In 2006, the US market changed. The US Congress adopted amendments to the law on gambling. Some large companies, including Party, were forced to leave the US market. The "Stars" found additional reserves, seized the market segment of online gaming and became leaders.

In 2009 the company's turnover was $1.4 billion. Profits hit $500 million.

The rich history of PokerStars knew the incredible highs. In 2009, the "Stars" were listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. In December, the room set a record: there were 200,000 participants in a tournament with a buy-in of $1 and a prize fund of $300,000.

In autumn, 2012, the company bought its main competitor – FullTilt.

On June 16, 2013, the "Stars" set a new record. The tournament with a prize fund of $300,000 was attended by 225,000 people.

In the summer of 2014, Mark Scheinberg decided to sell the company. The family business was sold for $4 billion. In August, the deal was closed, and the Scheinbergs went out of business. Mark Scheinberg received $3.7 billion for a 75 % share in Rational Group. By February of 2015, Forbes estimated that his fortune amounted to $4.1 billion.

The room has its own team of professionals, which includes the best players in the world. The company enters into a variety of professional sponsorship deals that are beneficial for the room and the players. The list of pros is constantly changed. Nowadays, there are about 70 professional players in the room, including celebrities such as Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Bertrand Grospellier, Joseph Cada and many others.

That is not the end of their history. The room is been actively developed. Nowadays, all main kinds of poker are available on the website. Unlike other rooms, the "Stars" will be always the only poker website without casino games.

 
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