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.
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 ;)
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|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|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 04 2017||2.0.1||Yes||Yes||Silver||Walt|
|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|
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.