This is a discussion on Pokerstars Chest Rewards within the online poker forums, in the Poker Rooms section; I'm fairly new to poker having played 3 months on a $20 bankroll on $2 6-max ($46 at the mo). I'm still getting to the
I'm fairly new to poker having played 3 months on a $20 bankroll on $2 6-max ($46 at the mo). I'm still getting to the gist of rake, and Rakeback bonuses as the rake seems so minimal in these games.
It looks like when I get 1000 star coins I can claim $10 back, which I assume is the rakeback and that's fine. But as I got around the 600-700 coin mark, I noticed that the chest quota increased from 350pts, to 400, and then again to 600. Big jumps!
I really dislike that they move the goalposts like this, as it has the obvious design of having people chase the rakeback. If it mentioned the increasing chest quotas anywhere I wouldn't have a problem but the moving of the goalposts really rubbed me the wrong way. The positive reinforcement you get from filling the bar and opening chests (even if they don't mean anything until you reach 1000 coins) maintains engagement with the platform and I understand why it is there, even if you're being psychologically conditioned, but the rules have to be clear for me to be comfortable with it.
I switched from playing MTG because of scummy corporate practices and it's disappointing if not much a surprise to find these designs on a top poker site. Are they all like this? To be clear, I'm not annoyed by the rake or rakeback specifically (I'm playing penny stakes, cmon..), I'm annoyed at the design which pokerstars operates.
What do you think? Does anyone know how high the points go up when opening boxes?
Yes, I don't like all this either, but alas, there is nothing we can do about it. What they offer, we either take or refuse, that's all. In my case, I just put up with all this, and do not pay more attention to different things.
Poker Stars has been treading in the disgusting area in how they have changed the rewards program. They have shaved so much off of rewards and back into their own pocket that it make one wonder if there is even anywhere remaining where they could shave even more. If there is you can be sure of one thing, they will find that money and put it back into their pocket.
I think what best displays this attitude is the Deal Jackpot wheel of fortune. It used to have consolation spots on the wheel where you could win $1000, $2000, $3000, or $5000 if you missed the jackpot prize.
They have replaced all of these spots on the wheel with a $1000 consolation prize. I would not be surprised if they changed those to No Prize eventually.
This article breaks down the odds in the rewards chest payouts but it may have actually been reduced further since it was published. Its worth a look.
If you take only one thing away from all of this, the promotions are designed to generate the most money for them and the least rewards for you.
Sure sign up for Rewards if you havent already but whatever you do, dont play more just to meet the requirements in a promotion as this can be a costly mistake. In the long run, you are best off simply ignoring whatever promotion they are offering.
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Try 2850 points on level one for a rubbish blue chest. Never gonna happen. Earlier this year I was at 600 for a chest and used to play regular micro games. Since they decided to move the goalpost I no longer play there.
I never played to get these chest they were just a perk. Contents always rubbish anyway.
I agree with you guys. The stars rewards in effect now has nothing to do with the old one. A real perk. They think people are dumb. We play the game because we love it (they know that), not to chase their stupid boxes. And their Aurora Graphic BS is the worst update I've ever seen. They know they have the volume and a decent interface and they think we have no choice, but the competition is here and real. GG poker for instance. So they better get their shit together because people won't be patient forever.