ÂMost things important things work. You can load and play the game but wine and Ubuntu's new security features fight so you have to:
* Run as root
* Install an Ubuntu mainline kernel (which I guess doesn't have the security features.)Â
What does not
Resizing windows if you let Gnome be your window manager. Network Status -- ping doesn't work -- always says Bad 0% even when you're clearly Âconnected and playing the game.Â
What was not tested
I only played one game. I tried most of the options. I'll know more after a few days.
Having to run as root or install a mainline kernel is an issue currently affecting a lot of network games.
|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|
|3270||Problem with minimized top-level windows||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|5941||Problem with resizable windows||NEW||View|
|6235||PokerStars mouse always recentered.||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|6622||wine segfaults on Linux kernel 2.6.18 and noexec enabled||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|6753||Window gets reduce to 'icon size', but cannot be restored.||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|6755||Mouse movement is "oddly constrained" in PokerStars table window||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|8525||Pokerstars cashier window freezes||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|8560||Mouseover information box is broken after window loses focus.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|11241||Pokerstars font is underlined in chat window.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|11272||Drop down menu doesn't work||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|13721||Pokerstars: active window jumps a few pixels if an action is asked from user||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|13891||start.exe http://someurl/ does not work (affects any app that invokes external browser, e.g. Google Sketchup)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|15302||PokerStars sound issue - Slackware||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|18803||PokerStars windows disappear on alert||NEW||View|
|23472||PokerStars crashes/UI remains unresponsive on startup||CLOSED||FIXED||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|
|32012||PokerStars hangs for no reason||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||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|
|38434||Poker Stars 7 Embedded Browser process 'PokerStarsBr.exe' (based on Chromium Embedded Framework) crashes on startup||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|40268||PokerStars - crash after opening 'challenges'||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|44014||Poker Stars crashes||NEEDINFO||View|
|51351||PokerstarsBr repeatedly crashes||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||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.