The massive player volume, army of professional players, mouth-watering promotions, and a cornucopia of special events make Party Poker one of the best poker sites online today. In 2006, they lost the title of biggest poker online room, but since then they’ve been making great strides at reclaiming the honor. With so much traffic, it’s no wonder the competition stays so soft, even in tournaments.
Poker stars like Mike Sexton, Kara Scott and Tony G routinely show up at Party Poker tables. A few up-and-comers like Ian Frazer, Felipe “Mojave” Ramos, and Stewart Scott make the occasional appearance, too. The atmosphere isn’t the only area where Party Poker has made strides; they’ve also created what may be the safest online poker network in operation. The site has earned certification from eGaming, eCOGRA, and GamCare, so players know the games are honest and their money is safe at Party Poker.
Software and Games
Originally a mess of a program, Party Poker’s software has improved drastically over the past few years. These days, Party Poker software is one of the smoothest, sharpest poker experiences on the web. Players have unparalleled control, with options for decks, avatars and sounds. Comprehensive hand histories and training tables will help novices improve their skills, too. There’s also a great multi-tabling feature, allowing Party Poker players to participate in up to 12 tables simultaneously. The software even watches out for players with the “Hot Hand” feature, which will post alerts when a good hand shows up like pocket aces.
Texas Hold ‘Em is the biggest draw at Party Poker, with no limit, fixed limit, and pot limit games available. Players may also peruse games of Omaha, 7 Card Stud, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha, and 7 Card Stud Hi. There’s no shortage of poker games at Party Poker. The tournament scene is great, too, with a weekly $300,000 guaranteed event.
If players are looking to wet their whistles with a little online poker, the juicy games at Party Poker are a great choice. The competition is very loose here, and stays that way most of the time. There are plenty of low stakes games for players on a budget. Even mid-range table stakes like $2/$4 No Limit and $5/$10 Fixed Limit games offer loose games at Party Poker, which is a rare occurrence at other poker sites. However, in 2012 Party removed all of its high stakes poker tables, so most whales have moved to high stakes poker sites such as Pokerstars.
Bonuses, Rewards, and Promotions
New players can receive a 100 percent match bonus, up to $500, on their first deposit at Party Poker. That’s one of the largest bonuses we’ve ever seen! Just remember, Party Poker requires that plays earn back their bonuses within 120 days, done by earning eight times the deposit total in PartyPoints.
In previous years, the loyalty system at Party Poker was downright complicated. Now, it’s all about the PartyPoints. These are Party Poker’s version of frequent player points, and they’re earned simply by playing real-money games. The more games played, the more points earned, the more often rewards become available! They also offer a respectable reload bonus between 15 percent and 25 percent, up to around $200. With all the bonus cash available at Party Poker, players can wager the site’s money more often than their own.
Support and Deposit Methods
Players can take advantage of the 24/7 telephone support provided by Party Poker. They even maintain a range of toll-free regional numbers, often with a person-to-person response within minutes. Party Poker also accepts support emails, but the response time is much longer than the phone service. International players need not worry, either, as support is offered in 12 languages.
Party Poker accepts deposits through Mastercard, Visa, Neteller, Paypal, Skrill, Paysafecard, and many more. There are deposit options available to players all over the world. Cash outs are easy, too, with a total of 13 ways for players to receive their winnings.