Poker Stars is an online poker cardroom owned by The Stars Group.
It can be accessed through downloadable poker clients for the Windows, mac OS, Android and i OS.
A Poker online satellite tournament produced the 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Poker Stars launched its beta play-money-only site on September 11, 2001.
The company began offering real money wagering on December 12, 2001.
Poker Stars was originally a Costa Rican company, Rational Enterprises, which was majority owned by the Israeli Scheinberg family.
The company was subsequently moved to Onchan, Isle of Man.
The move was driven by the establishment of a 0% corporate tax rate and the removal of rules barring companies from accepting casino and poker bets from the United States of America.
While privately owned, Poker Stars had been the subject of financial media speculation regarding a possible initial public offering or merger with a publicly listed company.
Analysts estimated its market value would have been approximately $2 billion (US) in 2006, which would have made the company one of the world's largest privately held gambling companies.
Poker Stars overtook Party Poker as the world's largest online poker room at after the U. Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.
Many sites, including Party Poker, immediately suspended business with U. gamblers, while others, including Poker Stars, did not.
Poker Stars was so busy during the early stages of the tournament, all tournaments had to be stopped for 20 minutes because the heavy traffic crashed their servers.