Updated In June, 2013 - Pokerstars has a somewhat confusing VIP program in 2013. There are two types of points at Pokerstars: FPP's and VPP's. This guide will focus on Pokerstars FPPs in 2013. To totally understand Frequent Player Points at Pokerstars you will also have to understand what VPP's are and how they work. They are two halves of a whole. With this in mind I have dedicated a whole article series to the 2013 Poker Stars VIP program. Here are some links to our VIP level guides:
A Pokerstars FPP is similar to the comp points you receive at brick and mortar casinos. Nearly every major online poker room offers some kind of "point" to their players. FPP's at Pokerstars can earned by playing at any real money ring table, sitngo or poker tournament. You can use the FPPs you accumulate for many different things in 2013. This article will touch base on each of these. I have written an article that will teach you some of the fastest ways to earn Poker Stars FPPs.
This is where many players get confused. Poker Stars VPP's (VIP Player Points) and FPP's (Frequent Player Points) are closely related on the surface but that is where the similarities end. VPP's cannot be spent, they are the benchmarks for the Pokerstars VIP program and all of it's benefits. When you play poker for real money you will earn VPPs. Your VIP tier level will determine how many FPP's you will be awarded for each VPP. Here are a few examples, let's say you:
The Stellar Rewards and Milestone Cash Credits are awarded when a player reaches a certain VPP benchmark but to actually purchase the cash credit you will need to use FPPs.
You can use FPP's to buy merchandise, Stellar Reward cash credits, Milestone cash credits, bonuses, tournament entries and more. Pokerstars has the most impressive variety of items you can obtain with your FPPs. I have added a general list of the different types of stuff you can buy with FPPs at Pokerstars in 2013. I will go into each one in more detail later in this article.
The Poker Stars VIP store is the largest in the industry. They offer hundreds of unique products and most of them have the Pokerstars logo stamped right on them. You can obtain just about anything and if you do not see a particular item you can request it and they will be more than happy to acquire it for you. The list of products available is always changing so you'll see new merchandise every week or two. Because it is so massive I dedicated an entire page to it. Please check out this detailed review of the 2013 VIP store at Pokerstars:
Stellar Rewards are just one part of the VIP program at Pokerstars. It is a recent add-on and is very popular amongst micro to medium stakes players. You will receive $1,000 in instant cash credits throughout the year. These are not bonuses that need to be cleared. There are 20 different VPP milestone and they range from $10 to $200. When you reach one of these milestone you will be able to purchase the Stellar Rewards cash credit for a cost of only 1 FPP. There is a VIP Stellar Reward meter built into the software (see above) so you can easily monitor how close you are to the next milestone and how much money you will receive. The first one is a $10 credit when you reach 750 VPPs. The Stellar rewards are based on an entire year of play so even microstakes players will easily receive the bulk to the $1,000. If you are a medium stakes player or you tend to play at 2-3 tables at once you will quickly reach all 20 levels and be able to move on to the much more profitable Milestone Cash Credit benchmarks which offer a total of $136,800 per year. I have written a detailed guide on the Stellar Rewards program:
The Milestone Cash Credits are the backbone of the VIP program at Poker Stars. These are only available to Supernova (SN) and Supernova Elite (SNE) players. The SN & SNE VIP tiers are based on the number of VPP's you earn yearly. This gives you plenty of time to move up the VIP tier system. Like the Stellar Rewards these are real money credits that will be instantly placed in your real money account after purchasing them. The credits range from $2,600 to $20,000 and there are a total of 16 different VPP milestones. In 2010 these each had a cost of 50,000 FPPs. Pokerstars has improved their VIP program yet again so now they only cost 1 FPP each, just like the Stellar Rewards. A SNE member will earn around 20,000 FPP's in 12 hours of play if they play at 3 tables at once ($5/10). Read our guide on the Pokerstars Milestone cash credits for more info:
The Poker Stars VIP store also offers players with the chance to buy VIP reward bonuses. In 2010 these used to be bonuses that you had to clear. In 2013 the VIP Reward Bonuses are instantly credited to your real money account. These range from $25 to $4,000. FPP prices start at just 2,500 and go up to 250,000 for the $4,000 bonus. Making them cash credits instead of bonuses will certainly appeal to poker players in 2013. There are six VIP Reward bonuses available in 2013 and they add up to $6,450. Add this to the $1,200 in Stellar rewards and the $136,800 in Milestone cash credits and that adds up to $144,450 in real money cash credits available each year. You can buy the same VIP Reward bonus as many times as you like so there is no limit to the amount of money you can receive from these.
You can buy a wide range of tournament tickets in the VIP store at Pokerstars in 2013. Poker Stars FPP prices start at just 250 and go all the way up to 190,000. You can purchase tickets to tournaments with $7.50, $27, $82, $215, $320, $530, $700, $1,050 and $2,100 buy-ins. This gives you a lot of options. You can play in everything from the Steps tournament series to the $215 Sunday Majors tournaments. The tournament ticket I buy most often is the 10,000 FPP ticket to one of the "Single Table Tournament With A Team Pokerstars Pro" sitngos which are always running. This 10 person sit and go pays the top 4: $1,000, $500, $300 and $200. It will be hosted by a member of Team Pokerstars, who will have a $250 bounty on their head.
Poker Stars also runs many tournaments with direct FPP buyins. You won't have to purchase a ticket through the FPP store to play in these, you just signup like you would any real money tournament and the FPP's will be deducted from your account.