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3 Easy Steps to Start Playing at PokerStars

The PokerStars software is simple to use and available for download across a wide range of platforms. To start playing, download PokerStars now and install our software on your Mac. We’re also available Windows, iOS or Android devices. Ready to get started?

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Download & Install

First, download the PokerStars software and click ‘Save File’ when prompted. The software will be saved to either your desktop or ‘Downloads’ folder. It may take a few minutes for PokerStars to download.

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Create Your Free Account

Launch PokerStars and in the main lobby select ‘Create Account...’ from the ‘Account’ drop-down menu, located at the top. Fill out the required registration details and make sure you input a valid email address.

To validate your account, check your inbox for the provided validation code. Next, select ‘Validate Email Address...’ from the ‘Account’ drop-down menu in the PokerStars lobby. Finally, enter your validation code.

Start Playing Poker Now

Start Playing Poker Now

To find a game, use the tabs in the PokerStars lobby. From there you can select whatever game you want to play and set your limits.

You can also search for specific tables, limits or formats by clicking on your chosen game tab and then using the filter buttons to define your search.

Why Choose PokerStars?


Unbeatable Game Selection

We give you access to the best and biggest games in online poker. Whether you enjoy Omaha, Texas Hold'em, Stud, Draw poker, Mixed Games or even Badugi, there's a tournament waiting for you right now, plus 24/7 cash games. Just download our free software to start playing.


The Biggest Prize Pools

We host the biggest online poker events all-year round, with huge guaranteed cash prizes on offer. Keep track of all the action via our easy-to-navigate online lobby.

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Travel the World!

We also offer you the chance to play in big-money live events in some of the world's most loved destinations, including the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) - PokerStars annual poker tournament in The Bahamas – just by playing online.


Free-to-Play & Safe-to-Use

We are also backed up by the industry's best online poker software and an award-winning support team. Our software is free to use, safe to play on and is unrivalled - with quick deposits and fast cashouts as standard. But don't just take our word for it. Download the software now and start your online journey!

PokerStars is licensed in New Jersey with our partner Resorts Digital Gaming LLC.