Installing, Starting the program
What does not
Connecting to the servers, Game play
What was not tested
I have noticed that PokerStars does not work properly with Linux Kernel 2.6.35. I am able to start the program, but then a window pops up with the title "The Client Application failed to initialize" and the text "Please contact support(at)pokerstars.com"
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 21.04 "Hirsute" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 27 2021||6.0.1||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Corey Lanier|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 22 2020||5.7-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Bronze||dapari|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"||Jan 29 2020||5.0-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||SUN Sophal|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Sep 18 2018||3.16-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||sh0gunai|
|Show||Manjaro Linux||Jul 28 2018||3.12||Yes||No||No||Garbage||betaros|
|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|
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:
Installing the Microsoft Arial (if needed) and Tahoma fonts:
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:
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.