This is a continuation of a discussion that started in another thread, but I wanted to start fresh so people could see the instructions to join right in the OP rather than buried in the middle of the thread.
This is absolutely free, no money required. We use “play money”, but the club automatically tracks performance, so the better players will rise to the top and have bragging rights.
I basically copy/pasted the instructions someone wrote for another poker club I belong to, and changed them as needed to fit ours:
To participate in PokerStars Home Games, you must use a computer.
PokerStars is available for mobile but the mobile versions don’t
support Home Games.
Visit pokerstars.com and download and install it.
Run it, and set up your account (you’ll need to pick a username and
Visit the cashier (button on top somewhere), click “play money”,
then click “collect” - this increases the amount of play money chips
in your account by 15,000, and you can do this every 4 hours. You can also buy play money chips for as little as $3, but if you collect your free allotment a few times a week you’ll never need to buy chips.
Find the “Home Games” button on the bar on the right side of the
app (you may need to click “More” first)
“Join a poker club”, and use club ID 3654860 and invitation code
Ignorance fought (and your SDMB name, so I know before approving your membership that it’s not just some random who found this online). I typed in this invitation code with capital I and lowercase f, so that’s probably how you should type it.
Agree with the terms and conditions, and wait to be approved. I need to hear from you first in this thread before approving you, so I know it’s actually someone who posts on the SDMB and not just someone who Googled “poker club” or something like that. (If someone registers just for this, then hey: fair enough I suppose.)
Once approved, open the club lobby, click the schedule tab, find
the game in the list, and register and play!
Right now we are going to play Wednesdays at 8 Eastern, but we could change that to Fridays by popular request.
PokerStars says they need a few more days to approve the name of the club (I can’t foresee any problems there, while something like “Dopers” might have been seen as objectionable), so in the meantime it will just be designated by its club code.
Hope to see you at the tables!
P.S. There was a previous club of this sort established a decade ago, but that thread has seen no new posts since March 2011, so I would guess it’s safe to conclude that is defunct. (I wish I would have seen it then as I definitely would have played!) I see @notfrommensa posted quite a bit there and is still posting on the boards as of pretty recently, so maybe they can tell us what ever happened to it.