Cookies are text-only strings of information that are downloaded to your personal desktop, laptop computer or mobile device (each a “Device”) when you visit a website. Your web browser then sends these cookies back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises those cookies. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies are very helpful and can be used for many different purposes. These include allowing you to navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and making the interaction between you and the website quicker and easier. Sometimes cookies are used to help ensure that the adverts you see online are relevant to you and your interests.
Setting and storing cookiesCookies may be set either by the website you are visiting (“first party cookies”) or by third party websites who run content on the website you are looking at (“third party cookies”). They may be stored either for the duration of your visit to the website or for repeat visits. We will use the following terms to describe the storing of cookies:
Session cookie: A cookie that allows us to link your actions during a browser session. A browser session starts when you open the browser window and finishes when you close it. Session cookies are created temporarily and are deleted once the browser window is closed.
Persistent cookie: A cookie that remains on your Device for the period of time specified in the cookie and activated each time you visit the website that created that particular cookie.
We use the following cookies on our websites:
We use the following first party functionality cookies:
_test: This allows us to check if you have enabled cookies. It is a session cookie.
_ps_visit: This cookie allows us to detect if you have viewed the cookie information notice, and will prevent the webpage from showing the banner again. It is a persistent cookie with a permanent lifespan.
_ps_close: We use this cookie in connection with our mobile banner, in order to detect if you have closed it. The cookie is persistent with a permanent lifespan.
_ps_webcashier: We use this cookie in connection with our mobile applications, in order to detect if you have downloaded the client application and to show alternative buttons. This cookie is persistent with a lifespan of 3 months.
PHPSESSID: This cookie is used on www.pokerstars.tv website. It records the start time of your browsing session for caching purposes, and makes the website more responsive. It is a session cookie.
k visit: This cookie is used from time to time in connection with a user survey feature on our www.pokerstars.tv website, which we use to solicit feedback about our site and programming. It is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of one year.
Login ID, Session ID, Signature, Web Token: These cookies are used for login purposes. They are session cookies.
Web ID: This cookie is used to convert your username into a number. It is used for security purposes. It is a persistent cookie.
Install ID (WIID): This cookie is used for security purposes and to track what you have done on the site. It is a persistent cookie.
Login Source: This cookie is used to understand how you are using the site and which platforms you are using. It is a persistent cookie.
License & Site: These cookies enable us to know what licenced site you need to view and then offer the corresponding pages in the correct language. They are persistent cookies.
Country Code: This cookie lets us provide you with the correct country specific content. It is a persistent cookie.
GUI Version: This cookie lets us see how you are using our websites so we can provide a better overall support service should any issue with our sites arise. It is a persistent cookie.
We use the following third party functionality cookie:
Adobe Flash Player: This cookie is used on our www.pokerstars.tv website, and stores user preferences such as volume level. It is a persistent cookie with a permanent lifespan.
We sometimes use the following third party performance cookies on our websites:
Hotjar: We use analytics services provided by Hotjar Limited (http://www.hotjar.com/) in order better understand how visitors use our site. We use the following specific cookies: (i) _hjUserId. This persistent cookie is set as soon as a user loads a page which contains the Hotjar code. The cookie contains a universally unique identifier (UUID) which allows Hotjar to track the same visitor across multiple pages and sessions; (ii) _hjClosedSurveyInvites. This persistent cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown; (iii) _hjDonePolls. This persistent cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in; (iv) _hjMinimizedPolls. This persistent cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site; (v) _hjDoneTestersWidgets. This persistent cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in; (vi) _hjMinimizedTestersWidgets. This persistent cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site; and (vii) _hjIncludedInSample. This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.
Google Analytics (_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmt, _utmv, _utmz, _ga, _gat, _gat_t1): Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (http://www.google.com/analytics/). Google Analytics sets cookies in order to evaluate our online services and our mobile apps and provide us with reports about how they are used. We also use Google Analytics to run content experiments so that we can test and improve our websites. Google Analytics uses both session and persistent cookies. The persistent cookies usually have lifespans of between six months and two years.
ClickTale: ClickTale is a web analytics service provided by ClickTale, Inc. (http://www.clicktale.com/). ClickTale sets cookies on some of our websites in order to provide us with information about what visitors do inside the pages of those sites. The cookies set by ClickTale are persistent cookies with a lifespan of one year.
Maxymiser: Some of our websites use analytics services provided by Maxymiser Limited (http://www.oracle.com/marketingcloud/products/testing-and-optimization/index.html), in order to recognise and count the number of visitors to our websites and enable us to see how visitors browse around our websites. In connection with that, we use the following Maxymiser cookies: (i) mmact, mmid, mmcore.srv, mmcore.txt, mmcord.pd and mmcore.pd. These are persistent cookies; (ii) maxymiser.optout. This cookie is used to enable or disable Maxymiser on each of your web browsers. This is a persistent cookie; (iii) mmcore.tst. This cookie is use by the platform as a test to see whether or not browser settings allow cookies to be set on the end-user machine. This cookie is a session cookie; (iv) mmpa.tst. This is a previous version of the same cookie. This cookie is a session cookie.
Please note that we do not use analytics cookies to collect any personally identifiable information about you. We may, however, combine your registration information with the data that we get from the above analytics services, so that we can analyse how you use our services.
There are various ways in which you can manage and control your cookie settings.
You should bear in mind that, by deleting or blocking cookies, some or all of the websites you visit (or features of them) may not work properly or as effectively.
If you disable our “_ps_visit” cookie, or if you delete all cookies, then your preferences will not be remembered and you will be informed about cookies each time you visit our site.
At the moment, it is not technically possible to adjust your cookie settings at our individual websites.
However, you can manage your cookie settings via your web browser, as well as at the websites of the third parties who place cookies on your Device via our websites.
Last updated: February 2020