The Covid pandemic has put a major strain on our abilities to go out, meet friends and play poker. Thankfully PokerStars has the solution in their Home Games set-up.
Any user of PokerStars can set-up a private online poker club to play against friends, family and colleagues. Its dead easy to do and some of the tools they provide you with will give you a great insight into your own, and your friend’s, abilities. You can organise a variety of single or multi-table tournaments or cash games (real money or play), with automatic scheduling, statistics and social tools. The software will automatically split tournaments into equal tables and enable breaks, re-buys and add-ons at the touch of a mouse.
Enough chit-chat, how do we do it?
New users need to download the PokerStars client from, you guessed it, the PokerStars website.
Once you’re all set-up you need to head over to the right-hand side menu where you’ll find the ‘Home Games’ button (if you’re on a small screen or laptop, it may be hidden under the ‘More’ button).
Inside the Home Games section, its pretty self-explanatory… you need to set-up a Club, Invite members to the Club, then set-up tables and tournaments as needed.
There are some security measures in place to prevent your games getting gate-crashed, all members need to be authorised by the Club Manager. The manager can also authorise other members to be club administrators, meaning they can also schedule games and tournaments.
One thing to note is PokerStars do still take a rake from Home Games, which is only fair as they still have to pay for the overheads such as server and network bandwidth.
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