PokerStars has made it possible for players, including those in the United States, to purchase play money chips for real money. The option to purchase play money chips has actually been available since PokerStars launched its Facebook app earlier in 2013. Players using the PokerStars Facebook App can enjoy play money cash games — including Zoom Poker — sit-n-go and multi-table tournaments.
According to our colleagues at PokerNews.uk, $1.99 buys a player 350,000 play money chips while $9.99 will result in 2 million being added to their account. According to the play money cashier page, the most popular package is 7.5 million play chips for $24.99 although the 165 million play chips for $199.99 yields the most value.
Play money tables, which start as low as 1/2 and increase all the way to 5M/10M, are popular among new players and in locations where real money online poker is not fully available for PokerStars — such as the United States. Players start with only 1,000 play money chips in their PokerStars accounts, although these can be reloaded up to three times per hour if they lose them in cash games or tournaments.
Although there is no actual money at stake, some of the games are fiercely fought and competition in the higher stakes play money games play much like games in a real money environment.