Setting Up your Online Poker Club
Ready to launch your own private online Poker Club? Then start Home Games now. It only takes a few minutes to get your Poker Club up and running. You can watch the video to see how it’s done, or check out the animated step-by-step tutorial. You can also read the simple steps below.
Easy Guide to Starting your Online Poker Club
1: Download the Software
To play Home Games you need to have the free PokerStars game software on your computer. If you don’t already have it, download the software now. Already have the PokerStars software? You can start your Poker Club!
2: Enter the Home Games Lobby
In the main game lobby, you’ll find a new tab called ‘Home Games’. Click on that tab to open the Home Games lobby.
3: Join or Start a Club
In the Home Games lobby, you’ll see two green buttons. If you’ve been invited to join a club, click ‘Join a Poker Club’. To start a new club, click ‘Create a Poker Club’. Then follow the instructions in the pop-up window.
4: Name your Club
When you create a club, you’ll be asked to give it a name and invitation code. (Make sure that your Invitation Code is not the same as your PokerStars user ID password.) That’s it. You’ve created your Poker Club. See the FAQs for tips on how to name your Poker Club. It may be 4-5 days until your club name appears in the club lobby. Before then, you will see your club ID number, which uniquely identifies your club.
5: Invite your Friends
Now that your club exists, you’ll need to invite your friends. We’ll send you an email with your club details and Club ID number. You can send these details to your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, or any way you like. (All they need is your Club ID number and Invitation Code to join.) Be sure your invitation includes a link to Daniel Negreanu’s video about Home Games – where he explains the benefits of having your own Poker Club online!
6: Enter your Club Lobby
In the main Home Games lobby, you’ll now see that your new club has been added to your list of poker clubs. Click on the ‘Club Lobby’ button to go to your private club lobby. This is your private lobby, just for you and the members of your club.
7: Accept Club Members
When your friends apply to join your club, you’ll receive an email notification from us. You can then go to the ‘Manage Club’ tab in your club lobby, and accept or reject their application from the ‘Pending’ members list.
8: Schedule a Game
Now that your club is set up and your friends have joined, you are ready to play. To schedule a Home Game, go to the ‘Manage Games’ section of your club lobby, and choose whether you want to create a tournament or ring game table.
9: Set up your Game
For tournaments, you’ll be asked to select the date and time, your preferred type of game (Hold’em, Omaha or Stud, etc.), and the buy-in, number of players, and so on. Once you set up your game, we will automatically notify your club members via email with all the game details, but you can also share this on Facebook or Twitter.
10: Register for the Game
Finally, don’t forget to register for the game! You’ll find a list of all your scheduled home games in the main Home Games lobby, and also in your club lobby ‘Schedule’ tab. For tournaments, double-click on the game and then register in the tournament lobby. Now you’re in the game. It will automatically start at the date and time that you selected.