Updated In June, 2013 - More players at Pokerstars fall in the Goldstar VIP level than any other tier. This VIP level was designed with small stakes and recreational players in mind. The benefits of being a Gold Star member at Poker Stars in 2013 are pretty nice. You'll be earning FPPs TWICE as fast as you were when you first started playing. The Goldstar tier requires you to average 3,000 VPPs per month. The next level is PlatinumStar which requires 7,500 VPPs. The average recreational player who tends to play at the micro to small stakes level or at a higher level but far less often tend to be Goldstar players. This guide to the Pokerstars Goldstar VIP level will teach you how to maximize the value of being in this VIP tier. Please check out our other articles about the 2013 Poker Stars VIP program:
The main aspect of being a Goldstar level player at Pokerstars is the 2:1 FPP multiplier. If you earned 1 FPP per hand as a Bronzestar member you will now earn 2 FPP for that same hand. You could play headsup vs a Bronze Star player for an hour and in the end you will have earned twice as many FPPs as him. You can now use 1,500 of those extra FPPs to satellite your way into the quarterly $1,000,000 VIP tournament. You can also buy a $300 VIP Reward Bonus which is no longer a regular bonus as it was in 2010. Now it is a cash credit that does not need to be cleared and you can be it and the others as often as you wish. During your first month as a Gold Star member Pokerstars will start offering you $50 Stellar Rewards instead of the $10 you were getting, each for only 1 FPP.
According to the Pokerstars FPP calculator it will take an average of 1-2 hours per day at the $1/2 level to maintain a Goldstar ranking. If you happen to play at two tables simultaneously like I do you can cut this down by 50%. Throw some sitngos and MTT's into the mix and it will be even easier.
Q. As a Goldstar player can I use my FPPs to buy into the weekly $215 major events at Pokerstars?
A. Yes. The Goldstar VIP level is the first one to allow players to buy into the $215 main event tournaments at Poker Stars.
Q. I'm having trouble maintaining my Gold Star level at Poker Stars. Do you have any tips for me?
A. Yes I do. I've written a guide just for this type of problem. Our best way to earn Pokerstars VPPs and FPPs guide will provide you will different strategies based on several bankroll levels.