PokerStars bringing the classic home game online13 January 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- PokerStars – the world's largest poker site – is proud to announce the next step in the evolution of poker: online Home Games. Millions of people enjoy playing home games with friends and family in a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment, but often they are difficult to host because the participants don't live in the same city, might be away on business, or don't have the room and facilities.
PokerStars Home Games solves these problems by giving both casual and serious poker players alike the ability to set up private 'Poker Clubs' and play in online Home Games together, regardless of where they are in the world. Players can choose to compete in ring games and tournaments, across a huge variety of poker variants, and at whatever stakes they want, allowing everyone to experience the convenience, competition and fun in playing online Home Games with people they know.
Home Games is one of PokerStars' biggest software releases since the site launched in 2001. It enables players to:
• Create and manage their own private Poker Clubs online
• Invite friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, email, and in person, to play in fully customisable tournaments and ring games
• Compete in Club Leagues and competitions to win bragging rights and incredible prizes
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu said:
"Nothing like PokerStars Home Games has been offered online before and it's so easy to use. My favourite aspect of Home Games is the fact that you can create your own Club and customise it any way you want, just like you would in a home game with friends... I love playing mixed games, and the software allows you to choose from a wide variety of games to add to your Club. The Leaderboard is also something I love. I'm a stats geek at heart."
Join the Club
Taking your home games into the online realm is very simple and extremely quick. Just click on the Home Games tab in the PokerStars software and set up a Club by becoming a Manager, or join a Club that you have been invited to by a friend. There are a significant range of options and features to view and customise, including:
• Club Management Tools – appoint managers, accept/remove/reinstate/suspend members, customise your club lobby, set length of club seasons and much 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 – customise game parameters and schedule games
• Game Schedule – list of scheduled tournaments and open ring game tables
• Game Results – view tournament results including finish order, points earned, knockouts
• Full Range of Poker Games – choose Hold'em, Omaha, Stud, Mixed Games and more
• Social Media – invite friends to join your club via Facebook and Twitter
Win the Ultimate Home Game!
To celebrate the launch of Home Games, PokerStars is giving players the chance to win a trip to one of four amazing locations for up to eight people.
The winner of the prize will be able to choose from Macau, Vancouver, EPT Snowfest (Hinterglemm) and Buenos Aires, where they will get a hosted game and big night out with Daniel Negreanu, 2010 WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel and a Team PokerStars Pro of their choice.
For details of how to win this prize please visit the Ultimate Home Game promotion page.