PokerStars Client


Application Details:

Version: Latest
License: Free to use
Votes: 14
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.7-staging

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Test Results

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What works

practically everything, too much to list all.

login/logout and all account maintenance functions work properly.

launches browser correctly when selecting an external link from menu bar.

all cashier functions work correctly ( buy/redeem chips, account balance, etc ). communication between neteller and client work properly(can deposit to and redeem from pokerstars account with no issues.

What does not

no glaring errors. chat input cursor tabs over, but functions correctly otherwise.

no mouseover player information

using alsa produces pinched sounding output, but with oss works correctly. could be local to my install or not.

occasional mouse click abnormalites (have to click multiple times on fold, call, or raise buttons for it to be recognised), but no outright failure, so only a minor annoyance. more pronounced when simulating an XP environment than win98

deselecting "let window manager control the windows" has cleared up alot of the focus goofyness

throws a few fixme's but seems to function normally compared to the client running on a native XP rig.

fixme:resource:GetGuiResources (0xffffffff,1): stub
fixme:resource:GetGuiResources (0xffffffff,0): stub
fixme:toolhelp:CreateToolhelp32Snapshot Unimplemented: heap list snapshot
fixme:toolhelp:Heap32ListFirst : stub
fixme:resource:GetGuiResources (0xffffffff,1): stub
fixme:resource:GetGuiResources (0xffffffff,0): stub
fixme:win:FlashWindowEx 0x34e754
fixme:win:FlashWindowEx 0x34ed68
fixme:win:FlashWindowEx 0x34ee48
fixme:win:FlashWindowEx 0x34efbc
fixme:resource:GetGuiResources (0xffffffff,1): stub
fixme:resource:GetGuiResources (0xffffffff,0): stub
fixme:resource:GetGuiResources (0xffffffff,1): stub
fixme:resource:GetGuiResources (0xffffffff,0): stub

could possibly clear these up with .dll overides. no clue which ones it's looking for. works well enough for daily use so not a big concern here.


What was not tested

i use pokerstars daily, at this point i should have touched all functions.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 22 20205.7-stagingYes Yes NoBronzedapari 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"Jan 29 20205.0-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumSUN Sophal 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 18 20183.16-stagingYes Yes YesGoldsh0gunai 
ShowManjaro LinuxJul 28 20183.12Yes No NoGarbagebetaros 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 04 20172.0.1Yes Yes SilverWalt 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
5941 Problem with resizable windows NEW View
18803 PokerStars windows disappear on alert NEW View
25875 PokerStars Hangs when you minimise and then maximise table window or switch virtual desktops NEW View
31882 Many multithreaded gui apps randomly deadlock in winex11 driver surface section (arial32.exe, Aquanox, Mahaa demo, Total Commander) RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
32342 Multiple applications and games using 'Webkit' or 'Blink' web browser engine crash on startup ('Arial' and 'Times New Roman' font face name validation) STAGED View
40268 PokerStars - crash after opening 'challenges' UNCONFIRMED View
44014 Poker Stars crashes NEEDINFO View

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HowTo / Notes

Real money playing

They work just right and smooth, everything from razz, omaha and h.o.r.s.e. to nl sngs, tourneys and cashgames. There are no crashes from nowhere that will cause you to loose money, as regular player i mark this perfectly stable for real money play.

Admin Note:  Wine does not guarantee the stability of your application IN ANY WAY.  Use at your own risk.


Installing the PokerStars Client:

  • Install Wine (have FontForge installed before building Wine from source)
  • Download the PokerStars client. Install using the command 'wine PokerStarsInstall.exe'

Installing the Microsoft Arial (if needed) and Tahoma fonts:

  • Download the Arial fonts. Install using the command 'wine arial32.exe'
  • Download the Tahoma fonts. Install using the command 'wine tahoma32.exe'
Running PokerStars without Xfce/KDE/Gnome:
  • wine "C:\Program Files\PokerStars\PokerStarsUpdate.exe"
Manually resizing table windows workaround:
  • You can resize and then redraw the table using the F5 key by adding the following into the ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/PokerStars/user.ini file under [Options]: f5redrawtable=1 (won't work properly if window is resized beyond min/max size)

It has been reported several times that the lobby/table fonts for the table list/player names/chip amounts don't render well or don't show up at all. I would try the following first to correct the font problem:

  • The Wine package for your distro might not have been built using FontForge. Try installing FontForge and then build Wine from source.
  • Install the Arial (if needed) and Tahoma fonts {See HOWTO above}
  • No longer needed: Change resolution to 96 dpi. If you have an nVidia card and use the drivers from their site, add the following to the driver section in xorg.conf: Option "UseEdidDpi" "False" and Option "DPI" "96 x 96"
If the problem still persists, please submit a detailed bug report with the version of Wine you're using, the extra fonts you have installed, your distro/version, if you built Wine from source or installed by package (or if you tried both), and any other information that might help the Wine developers fix the problem.

Running the PokerStars Client without allowing the window manager to control the windows makes Manually resizing table windows work correctly. However, the cursor in the chat box still tabs and mouseover player information still doesn't work. You will have to sacrifice desktop integration though if you choose to run PokerStars this way. Run 'winecfg'/Graphics tab and uncheck 'Allow the window manager to control the windows' to set.

WARNING: I recommend not using other programs while playing PokerStars this way.


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