Home Games – The Latest Innovation by PokerStars

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2011. January 12.
<a href="http://www.rakerace.com/poker-rooms/pokerstars/" title="PokerStars"><em><strong>PokerStars</strong></em></a> has come up with an unprecedented addition to its online poker room. With <strong>Home Games</strong>, players can create their own poker clubs, where they can invite their friends and colleagues to compete with each other.
Although Home Games are only available in play money at the moment, real money tables will be opened by next week at the latest. The Home Games feature puts the good old home poker battles on the Internet, allowing us to create our own online poker club, over which we have full control to customize it the way we like.

It is very simple to create our online poker club. We have to come up with a club name and invitation code, and sign in to our exclusive poker lobby. To invite members, we have to send our club ID and invitation code to the friends we want to join, then confirm their registration. One club can have up to 50 members.

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When all this is done, we can start organizing our own tournaments and championships. Whenever we create a tournament, we have to provide the starting date and time, and the system sends an automatic notification to all club members. The notification will contain all the necessary information on the tourney.

Naturally, we can also organize cash games in the following game types: Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, Mixed and HORSE.

One player can have only one exclusive poker club, and can be a member of three private clubs altogether. Within the clubs, gameplay from identical IP addresses is allowed, so we can even challenge our family members.

As the invitational system suggests that the clubs are formed by people that can be trusted, everything is allowed during chat conversations that is considered acceptable by the club owners, who have the right to moderate chat conversations.

It is completely free to create our own online poker club, and the rake structure used by PokerStars is the same as the one used for tables open for all players.




PokerStars advertises Home Games with the following slogan: ’The best thing to happen to online poker’.

Not everyone agrees with this, though; 2+2 members, for example, worry that the weak/recreational players will disappear from the open tables and start pushing their money between each other in friendly home poker battles.

On the other hand, Home Games could also make other players join online poker, players who have only plyaed poker in the form of home games until now. Following success at their private clubs, many of them will try themselves out at the other tables as well, thus widening the range of hobby players at PokerStars.

Below are the key features of your Home Games:

•    Club Management Toolschoose administrators, manage membership, customize your club lobby, set length of club seasons, and much more
    Club LeaderBoarddisplays the top players by points awarded in tournament play
    Player Statistics view points earned, top finishers, knockouts for each club member
    Game Management Tools customize game details and set game times
•    Save Favorite Game Setups play your favorite customized game regularly
    Game Schedule tournament dates and times, plus open ring game tables
    Game Results view tournament finishing positions, points earned and knockouts
    Private Games all games and tournaments are available exclusively to members of your club
    Custom Tables game tables feature the name of your club on the felt
    Full Range of Poker Games choose from a wide range of games like Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, Mixed and HORSE
    It’s Free launching and managing your online Poker Club won’t cost you a penny

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