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PokerStars Proxy Guide

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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 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.

[ctabox room=pokerstars]

For Windows XP and older:

  1. Double click My Computer on your desktop or start menu
  2. Double click C: drive to view your hard drive
  3. Double click Program Files folder
  4. Scroll down and double click on PokerStars (or PokerStars.NET)
  5. Locate “user” or “user.ini” and make the changes below

For Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start
  2. Type the following or copy/paste into the Search and press Enter:
    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\PokerStars (or PokerStars.NET)
  3. Locate “user” or “user.ini” and make the changes below

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”.

Here is how the two sections should look after your modifications:

[Connect]
userport=443
httpproxy=proxy.domain.com:1234
httpsproxy=proxy.domain.com:1234

[ConnectR]
httpproxy=proxy.domain.com:1234
httpsproxy=proxy.domain.com:1234
host0=77.87.179.65
port0=26002
weight0=1
loc0=IOM26002
host1=77.87.179.66
port1=26002
weight1=1
loc1=IOM26002
host2=77.87.179.67
port2=26002
weight2=1
loc2=IOM26002
host3=77.87.179.68
port3=26002
weight3=1
loc3=IOM26002
host4=77.87.178.64
port4=26002
weight4=1
loc4=IOM26002
host5=77.87.178.65
port5=26002
weight5=1
loc5=IOM26002
host6=77.87.178.66
port6=26002
weight6=1
loc6=IOM26002
host7=77.87.178.67
port7=26002
weight7=1
loc7=IOM26002
host8=77.87.178.68
port8=26002
weight8=1
loc8=IOM26002
host9=77.87.178.69
port9=26002
weight9=1
loc9=IOM26002
host10=77.87.178.70
port10=26002
weight10=1
loc10=IOM26002
host11=77.87.179.69
port11=26002
weight11=1
loc11=IOM26002
host12=77.87.179.70
port12=26002
weight12=1
loc12=IOM26002
host13=77.87.179.71
port13=26002
weight13=1
loc13=IOM26002

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:

httpproxy=proxy.corporation.com:8080
httpsproxy=proxy.corporation.com:8080

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.

Third Party Proxy Tools

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:
http://proxifier.com/

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:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=proxy+servers

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:

  • PokerStars Update (PokerStarsUpdate.exe)
  • PokerStars GUI (PokerStars.exe)
  • PokerStarsCommunicate (PokerStarsCommunicate.exe)

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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