PokerStars Special Features

PokerStars is a different kind of Internet poker room. All online cardrooms offer Texas Hold’em and other poker games like Omaha and Stud, but PokerStars also features world-class poker software and service. Some of the other special features which distinguish PokerStars from the rest of the poker rooms on the Internet are outlined below. These are just a few of the offerings which make our card room the best in the galaxy.

Special Features Sections

  1. Table Themes
  2. Hand Replayer and Instant Hand History
  3. Auto-Buy-In for Ring Games
  4. Session Options
  5. Time Tournaments
  6. Run It Twice
  7. Views for Ring Game Lobbies
  8. Graphical Preview for Ring Games
  9. Home Games
  10. Zoom
  11. Hotkeys
  12. BOOM! Hand Replayer

Table Themes

Choose from our many different themes and color schemes to make your table look the way you want.
Visit the PokerStars Themes page for more information on our themes.

You can also choose a different background and felt color for each table with full table customization on PokerStars. To switch between silver and red, black and blue, or any other color combination you fancy, just right-click on the background or table of any game you have open to select your chosen color scheme.

Hand Replayer and Instant Hand History

It's now easier than ever to review your play or check to see what your opponent called you with on a previous hand. The ‘Hand Replayer’ allows you to instantly watch past hands by clicking on the replay icon in the upper left corner of any PokerStars game table. You can also view your hand histories from the current session in text form in the ‘Instant Hand History’ dialog, which you can open by clicking the hand ID number on the table, or by pressing Ctrl-I.

Auto-Buy-In for Ring Games

Auto-Buy-In allows you to instantly buy in after left-clicking Take Seat without any intermediate steps. Simply set up your buy-in preferences once, and the next time you sit at a table you will automatically buy-in. Auto Buy-In can be set up by selecting 'Settings' > 'Buy-In/Rebuy’ or by clicking the link in the traditional buy-in dialog. You can choose the number of ‘big bets’ you want to buy-in for on all Fixed Limit tables, and the number of ‘big blinds’ to buy-in for on various types of No Limit, Pot Limit and Mixed Limit tables. Want to buy in as an exception for a different amount? Simply right-click 'Take Seat' and the traditional buy-in dialog will appear.

Session Options

PokerStars offers an integrated platform that easily allows you to manage your state during a session. When you are playing, you will see a small icon on each of your tables that gives you easy access to the ‘Session Options’ menu. From there you can sit out on all tables, sit out the next big blind on all tables, resume play on all tables that you are sitting out on, and also end your session gracefully by selecting to sit out the next big blind on all tables and close them.

Time Tournaments

Time tournaments are perfect when you want to play a tournament but only have a limited amount of time. Time tournaments end after a pre-defined period. Once the time limit is reached, surviving players are paid out based wholly or partially on chip counts.

Run It Twice (RIT)

Poker pros love to “run it twice” in big cash game pots, and so can you. Run It Twice can only occur in pots where no more betting is possible. The players can choose to deal all remaining community cards over two separate boards. The total pot is split between the two boards, awarding the two halves of the pot according to the final results of each board. If all remaining players in the pot have activated this option, the two boards will be run automatically when the betting is complete before the river. To opt in to Run It Twice, just go to the PokerStars lobby and click ‘Settings’ > ‘Gameplay’ > ‘Run It Twice’. More on Run It Twice.

Views for Ring Game Lobbies

PokerStars offers three different ‘Views’ for cash game and Sit & Go lobbies. A control above the list of games allows you to change how tables are displayed. You can choose from: ‘Games View’, ‘Combo View’ and ‘Groups View’. With Games View, all tables are displayed in one long list, with maximum detail on each specific table. In Group View, the tables are grouped by table type based on common properties (game, stakes, buy-in, etc.), and only the groups are displayed. Combo View combines both of these by displaying table groups and then showing individual tables within a selected group.

Graphical Preview for Ring Games

The PokerStars Main Lobby allows you to preview the selected cash game table in a graphical manner. You can see player names and chip stacks, sitting out players, the location of the dealer button, and also choose a specific seat to be seated at. This way you have all the necessary information without needing to actually open a table!

Home Games

Find out who’s the best poker player among your friends and family by setting up your own private poker club with Home Games. Free-to-use and available for both play money and real money, Home Games lets you create your own tournament schedules, set up cash games, and challenge those closest to you on customizable leader boards. More on Home Games.


Short on time? With PokerStars Zoom poker, that’s never a problem. The fast-paced ring game format changes your opponents every hand and is the quickest online poker experience anywhere online. When you play Zoom poker you’ll join a pool of players, each switching between tables at the click of a button. Don’t like your hand? Just click ‘Fast Fold’ and you’ll be dealt another straight away. More on Zoom poker.

Zoom Tournaments

Zoom tournaments are tournaments that play in a 'Zoom' style, i.e. once you fold you are moved to another table with different players from the same tournament that, like you, have finished their hands. Once the tournament nears the final table, it will switch to a regular playing style till the end of the tournament.


Create your own shortcuts and make multi-tabling an easier experience with Hotkeys. You can configure your mouse or keyboard and make split-second decisions, such as fold, check and raise, by going to the ‘Settings’ menu in the PokerStars lobby and selecting ‘Gameplay’ > ‘Hotkeys’. You can even change the borders of each table to highlight which one you need to act on next.

BOOM! Hand Replayer

Share you baddest beats, biggest wins and most memorable hands instantly with BOOM! hand replayer. In just one click, you can upload any hand to the internet and share them with the world, including your Twitter followers. BOOM! hand replayer also lets you watch hands played by Team PokerStars Pros, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how the best in the game make their moves. More on BOOM! hand replayer.

We hope you enjoy the unique features of playing poker at PokerStars over the Internet, and we hope to add even more in the near future. If you have any suggestions or comments, we are happy to take them at

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