Does your computer connect to the Internet through a proxy server, or do you need to use a proxy to be able to access PokerStars? Here's a PokerStars proxy guide from PokerStars support, with information on how to connect to PokerStars.com with a proxy.
U.S. players: Note that PokerStars cannot accept any players residing in the United States, or with a physical address in the US – proxy or not.
PokerStars is available throughout the EU although some countries are segregated from the main playerpool.
Play poker over a VPN connection for added security, especially over public wifi.
If your system accesses the Internet through a proxy server, you will need to make PokerStars' software aware of it by adding the following lines to your "user" or "user.ini" file, which is a configuration file stored in the PokerStars directory.
To do this, you will need to change a line in the text file "user" or "user.ini", the file is the same and may appear different if extensions are hidden. You may be able locate this file if you can access the main lobby then click on Help -> Open My Settings Folder.
Alternatively, the "user.ini" file will be found in different folders depending on your Operating System which you can locate using the following instructions.
Make sure you have closed the PokerStars software. Load "user" into Notepad or your favorite text editor (don't use a word processor). You can do this by double clicking the file or by right clicking the file and select "Open With" and choose "Notepad".
You must substitute the name of your PokerStars proxy server and its port number above. For example, if your connection's proxy server is proxy.corporation.com and runs on port 8080, you would use the lines:
Ask your systems administrator if you are unsure of your proxy server settings or are unsure whether your connection uses a proxy server.
Unfortunately the PokerStars software does not have the ability to transmit a password to a proxy server, so it is impossible to get the software to work with an authenticated proxy without the use of third party tools. As these tools are either extremely complex to setup, or are commercial solutions, our strong recommendation is to use a different network connection to play our games.
If you would like to explore the third party tools options to proxy PokerStars, this is done at your own risk and PokerStars will not take any responsibility for any issues related to them.
The most popular third party proxy tool is an application called Proxifier. You can read more about this software at the following website:
For general access to web domains via proxy and VPN services Rakeback.com recommends HideMyAss and StrongVPN. Using a VPN is not against PokerStars' TOS provided players don't use attempt to play from restricted countries such as the US.
Or you can Google for more proxy sites:
Proxifier is commercial, proprietary software (so you will have to pay a fee to use it after the trial period), but it is probably the easiest way of tunneling the Poker Stars client through an authenticated proxy. For reference, you will have to tunnel these components:
All of these files can be found in the PokerStars folder.
Please check with your systems administrator before bypassing the proxy to ensure this is allowed. If you are unable to utilize this type of bypass then you will need to play our software on a different network.
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