PokerStars Client


Application Details:

Version: Latest
License: Free to use
Votes: 14
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.12

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What works

I tested everything from install all the way to opening an account, and playing both fake money and real money, in tournaments and cash games, vip rewards, and I successfully tweaked every game setting I could find. Both EU and the .com version of the software installed fine, and the browser was called up correctly in my x system when I chose, for example, the FAQ, or for when at first I had actually installed the wrong software due to issues with my browser settings and vpn-server. I succesfully logged in through a vpn (and without) after opening the account. The sound worked, and their "beta sounds" even worked fine. This was very important for me. As far as I know, everything worked perfectly. I noted also several useful settings in PS, wine, and my desktop, for setting shortcut keys and when they get "focus" as well as when the mouse-over gets focus (I think these setting would solve some issues others mentioned below, I added a few comments)--default settings were all ok for me. Very pleased with my first Wine test!

What does not

I have replicated the known, common "window resize bug," altough it does NOT crash my game, the windows come back after a few seconds and/or on minimizing and restoring. The fonts look very boxy, "Microsofty," I would say, but I had 4 choices, which all worked, and would rather just leave it as is for stability.


What was not tested

Everything small detail I could find over several days of playing poker, was tested. I did not try and install any of the alternative skins (poker table themes). I played only hold 'em and omaha, but that probably doesn't matter.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

KDE desktop was used with Debian stable (default install to date) / I could not replicate the multiple desktops bug (I tested up to 3 desktops, no problems), suggest separating it from the window re-size bug, if not already. Great work, wine team! ...and great work by debian not getting too ahead in the release cycle ;)

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowFedora 38 x86_64Aug 12 20238.12Yes Yes NoSilverhugo 
ShowUbuntu 21.04 "Hirsute" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 27 20216.0.1Yes Yes NoSilverCorey Lanier 
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 

Known Bugs

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

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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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