Quick and Dirty
Party Poker is the brand that once dominated the online poker landscape. Publicly traded parent company means you’re dealing with a trusted company. 100% deposit welcome bonus of up to $500.00 and generous referral program for getting your friends to sign up and play with you.
At one time Party Poker was the dominant force in online poker boasting more players playing daily than many of their competitors combined. Unfortunately when the US anti-online gambling legislation a few years ago (UIGEA), they made the decision to voluntarily leave the US market. While this was a pre-emptive move on their part to avoid legal ramifications (and hopefully to pave the way for a painless re-entry if/when the legislation is approved in favor of online gambling), it took the majority of their players with it. This would mark the beginning of a long road to recovery for Party Poker and parent company Party Gaming.
With solid representation by WPT announcer and poker player Mike Sexton (accompanied by Kara Scott and Tony G), Party Poker is making a steady comeback in 2010. You will typically find approximately 4,000 players online during peak times and good game selection, this is indeed a solid poker room that’s only going to gain traction as time goes on.
Operating on custom software that’s been developed in house, game play is smooth with minimal lag time even on slow Internet connections. You can play multiple tables with ease and there are plentiful options such as the ability to resize tables to fit them onto your screen. There’s also “nice to haves” such as the ability to play with a four color deck (thus making it easier to differentiate suits).
Selection here is excellent with standard ring game, 6 man, and heads up versions of games such as No Limit Holdem, Limit Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo.
Party Poker offers a great retention/loyalty program called Party Points. Essentially you earn points for all of your real money game play which can be redeemed in the Party Points Store. Inside the store you can use them to buy everything from merchandise such as hats and shirts to tournament entries both live and online at Party Poker.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of Party Points is that if you’re a regular player and can attain what they call Palladium Elite status (by reaching 100,000 points) you can choose 40% Rakeback as an option in the store. There are very few quality poker sites such as Party Poker that offer Rakeback that high. Definitely work a good look if you’re a serious player.
Players here tend to be a mix of 80% regular players and 20% “casual” players. Casual players are those that wind up on Party Poker because they play at another Party Gaming site such as Party Bingo. If you’re fortunate enough to land at a table with one of these fish, take advantage of it because their game often is full of holes that you can exploit! As with most sites you’ll find the majority of players at the micro to middle limit games but make no mistake, there’s still decent high stakes action here (typically during evening hours and into the early morning).
There’s a great assortment of tournaments to be played here. From standard Sit N Go’s at all buy in levels to the Monthly Million you’ll find it at Party Poker. One of the more popular tournaments is The Sunday Bike Ride hosted by poker great Tony G. Tony has a famous saying when he knocks someone out of a tournament – “go ahead and call, I’m going to send you outta here on yer bike”. You can buy into this tournament with only 25 Party Points and the prize pool is $1,500. Also the lucky player that puts Tony “on his bike” and knocks him out of the tournament will win entry into the Monthly Million.
Other events such as the 50 Seat Frenzy send lucky winners to the Sunday 250K Guarantee and there’s also a Tournament Leader Board that pays out $40,000 monthly to the best performing online poker players.
Party Gaming takes security seriously so you can deposit here with confidence. They have a talented team of experts that know how to spot collision and other cheaters and are pretty effective at weeding out these sorts of players. Overall I would rate Party Poker as one of the top sites in terms of secure, safe online gaming.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Overall, Party Poker is an excellent choice for most players outside of the US but here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons:
– $500 bonus if you use Party Poker Bonus code PNREPORT
– Trusted name that offers a nice mix of games
– Monthly promotions are abundant with cash bonuses
– Up to 40% Rakeback
– Limited options if you like to have custom avatars, etc
– The highest stakes games are scarce here
– No US players can deposit here at this time
Why play at Party Poker?
- $500 poker bonus, when using code PNREPORT
- Best poker room
- Lots of players
- Reload bonuses