Updated In May, 2013 - The VIP / loyalty program at Pokerstars has gone unrivaled for many years. Even the largest rakeback offers are laughable at best when compared to the Poker Stars VIP program. Pokerstars boasts more real money players than their 10 closest competitors and their VIP Club is a major reason for this. With this in mind I have created a huge section about their VIP program with each aspect of the VIP program getting it's own page. The 2013 Pokerstars VIP program has been greatly improved when compared to what they offered in 2010. I will touch base on each of the major aspects of their VIP program on this page and provide links to the detailed guides I have written. Please keep in mind that all of the information about the Poker Stars VIP program is based on the 2013 edition so you won't have to worry about reading outdated material. It just figures that when I was just about done writing this 15 page guide Pokerstars would make some changes to the VIP program forcing me to edit everything. They make regular changes throughout the year so I will be editing these pages on a regular basis anyway but you can rest assured that everything you read is up to date.
I'm sure most of you are somewhat familiar with how VIP programs work. They are sometimes called loyalty programs or comp programs. When you play for real money at Pokerstars you will receive two types of comp points: VPP's & FPP's. VPP stands for "VIP Player Point" and FPP stands for "Frequent Player Point". This confuses a lot of people. Why do they need 2 different types of points? The VIP Club at Poker Stars has six tiers or levels. VPP's are used to determine which level you belong in and each level also has a multiplying aspect to it. Here is an example. Everyone starts off in the Bronzestar VIP level and will receive 1 FPP for each VPP they generate at the tables.
The most common VIP level at Poker Stars is Goldstar. This level will reward you with 2 FPPs for each VPP. That is just one of the many benefits. You can earn up to 5 FPPs for each VPP generated at the tables. So when you play at a real money table you initially earn VPP's and depending on what VIP level you belong in Pokerstars will multiple the number of VPP's you earn by a set multiplier. The image to the right displays how many FPP's you will receive for each VPP you earn at the tables. I have created a overview outlining the benefits and requirements for each VIP tier. Please click the links below for a detailed review of each of the 6 Pokerstars VIP statuses in 2013:
The changes Poker Stars make to the VIP program in January, 2013 are reflected in each of the reviews linked to above. To learn more about how VPP's and FPP's work please visit the pages below.
There are several ways that you can earn VPPs and FPPs at Pokerstars. You can play at the real money tables, play in real money sitngos and play in real money tournaments. Pokerstars uses a complex system to reward VPPs (and thus FPPs) to poker players. Here is a general guide to how you can earn VPP's and FPP's:
I have written a guide that includes strategies for earning Poker Stars VPP's and FPP's quickly. There are several methods and strategies you can use to earn both types of Pokerstars points fast. The article below gives unique advice for small, medium and high stakes players.
When I say that the 2013 Poker Stars VIP store has everything I am not lying. It is not a marketing gimmick or anything like that. It took me several hours to write an article that provides a brief overview for each of the different categories found in the store. I'm not even going to try to do it here as it would take up this entire page. Instead I will add a link to my VIP store guide below. It is very important that you read this.
The Stellar rewards program is only a small part of their overall VIP program but it is value packed and was designed for players who either don't play often and micro-small stakes players. A Stellar Reward is a real money cash credit (not a bonus) that you can buy for 1 FPP in the VIP store. There are 20 in total and have a combined value of $1,200. It is basically a series of VPP goals that offer free cash credits ranging from $10 to $200. The image above pretty much sums it all up. There is a "VIP Stellar Rewards" meter built right into the poker client so you can easily see how close you are to the next Stellar Reward. When you reach one of the VPP benchmarks you will get a popup. You just have to go to the VIP store and purchase it for 1 FPP. You have the option of playing with the money of cashing it out. Please read our guide below for a more detailed overview of the Stellar rewards program at Pokerstars in 2013.
I have posted an image of the new 2013 Milestone Cash Credit schedule above. You can earn up to $136,800 a year through these instant cash credits. Starting in January of 2013 each Milestone will only cost 1 FPP, a big decrease from the 50,000 FPP's they charged last year. The VPP benchmarks listed above are based on yearly play so you have an entire year to earn 200,000 VPP's and claim your first Milestone. Please read out guide on the Milestone Cash Credits:
Another big improve Pokerstars made to their VIP program at the start of 2013 is changing these from "bonuses" to instant cash credits like the Stellar Rewards and the Milestones. There is no limit to how many VIP Reward Bonuses you can purchase. There is a big difference between the lower VIP and higher VIP levels when it comes to buying VIP Reward bonuses. Platinumstar status holders will receive $1 for every 76 FPP's compared to the 100 FPP's a Bronzestar players needs to receive $1. I have written an extensive guide on this, visit the link below for more info: