HighStakes vs. PokerStars

This page is the writer’s best effort, objective comparison on various factors and offerings from each operator.

The goal of this article is to help either HighStakes or PokerStars users decide on which operator to play (if any) and get a quick understanding of the features, pros and cons of each iGaming provider.

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Criteria HighStakes PokerStars
Licensed Yes Yes


Criteria HighStakes PokerStars
Avg. Download Time 30 Seconds 150 Seconds
Security Flags No Yes
Time to Register 180 Seconds 400 Seconds
2FA Yes Yes
HTML5 Poker Yes No

HighStakes and PokerStars both offer good software with short download time, and they are both easy to register.

Total Software Download Times:
HighStakes - 30 Seconds
PokerStars - 150 Seconds

Both sites offer easy registration under 30 seconds. People will be able to start playing right away after downloading the software!

Both sites support PC and Mobile; However, when it comes to HTML5, only HighStakes supports that.

Bonus/player benefits:

Criteria HighStakes PokerStars
Weekly Flat Rakeback Yes No
Deposit Bonus $10,000 $600

After making a qualifying deposit on PokerStars, you will be eligible to get a 100% matched bonus up to $600. It is paid $5 for every 75 redemption points. You will be able to get 5 redemption points for every $1 you pay in rake.

On HighStakes, users can get a 100% first deposit bonus up to $2000 (Release every 25 dollars) and an $11 ticket after making the first deposit. For the Rakeback, users can get a 27% weekly Rakeback every Monday. It pays out based on the Gross Rake the users generate so players can calculate the Rakeback by themselves, which is totally transparent.

Customer Service

Criteria HighStakes PokerStars
Avg. Support Resolution 12Hours 36Hours+

Deposits & Withdrawals

Criteria HighStakes PokerStars
Min Deposit $10 $10
Max Deposit $100,000* $5,000
Cashout Time 36 Hours 6 Days
Min Withdrawal $25 $10
Max Withdrawal $100,000* $50,000 (per month)
Accept Crypto Yes No

For cashiers, HighStakes gives players more flexibility. People can deposit with crypto, have higher deposit and withdrawal limits and they can enjoy faster cashout time on HighStakes.

888 notice

As far as the HighStakes team is aware, desktop versions of the HighStakes application do not prompt the above messages or those similar to it. HighStakes does not contain malware and is purpose-built to be a light, easy access, and enjoyable real money gaming application.

If you have any questions about playing on HighStakes or your experience here please do not hesitate to contact one of our support agents who will help you come to a resolution regarding your query as quickly as reasonably possible.

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