PokerStars recently announced a new feature they are beta testing, PokerStars Home Games. The Home Games feature allows you to create your own Online Poker Club to set up private games for only the players you wish to invite.
You can create your own ring games as well as tournaments. Just like with a real poker club members earn points based on how well they do in tournaments. These points are tracked in the club lobby.
Right now it looks like it's only available in the play money client but from what I hear and the way things appear to be set up, it looks like it will eventually be available for real money too.
Setting up Your Own Poker Club
Underneat the Home Games logo are two buttons, click the one that says Create A Poker Club.
You'll be able to change the invitation code later but the name you assign to your club seems to be permanent so give it some thought before deciding on it.
Once you're club is created you'll be presented with a message that lets you know what your club id number is. That's it, you're pretty much done creating a club.
Now send the club id number and invitation code to your family and friends to sign up.
Creating Club Tables and Tournaments
Creating Club Tournaments is just as easy and you have a lot of different options available. You control the date the tournament will start, the type of game, the buy-in, the payout structure, blind intervals, starting stacks and even if it's a knockout, rebuy, shootout or regular tournament. There's also an option to have the tournament count towards the club leaderboard.
When you create a ring game table or tournament your members will receive an email letting them know that a new game has been set up, unless they disabled email alerts.
It looks like a fun new feature and might be even better once it's available for more than just play money.