Poker Network: PartyPoker
Network Size: Large
Mobile Poker Support: Android Poker App.
Available Games: Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud
Poker Bonus: 100% up to $500 first deposit bonus
- Restricted Countries: USA, Germany, Poland
Partypoker was established in 2001 and now forms part of the Bwin network, one of the biggest European B2B networks for poker.
A very trusted company in the poker world, Partypoker are listed on the London Stock Exchange, as well as poker players can also enjoy backgammon, casino, bingo and betting. Although losing a lot of players when the USA restricted their citizens from playing online poker, Partypoker has enjoyed a lion’s share of poker players and has had steady growth over the years. Recently Partypoker has launched a dedicated android app allowing mobile users to enjoy poker on their smartphones/tablets.
- 100% up to $500 First Deposit Bonus
Partypoker offer new depositors a comprehensive welcome package this includes a generous 100% deposit bonus of up to $500 which has a 120 expiry unlocked when players earn 8 times the bonus in party points. As well as the healthy first deposit bonus players are also eligible to play in $1000 added new player tournaments for just $1 buy in for the first 30 days plus 4 x $1500 poker freerolls and finally a free entry into a $5000 Bankroll Booster tournament.
As well as all the great incentives given when you first enrol, players earn party points as they play (these are generated by raked hands and tournament fees) players can exchange points to play in freerolls, tournaments and purchase merchandise from the Partypoker store.
Partypoker are always offering unique incentives and competitions where players can win instant prizes, achieve higher levels in their rewards system and qualifiers to live tournaments.
Partypoker operate on the Bwin network which has a very sleek and seamless interface, as well as the poker client players can access their back office via their web browser and access their cash balances, party points balance, latest promotions, hand history as well as live support. Although not the most attractive of set ups, players can easily customise their settings to include such enhancements of 4 colour decks, resize tables for multi-tabling and choose which position they want their seats. As well as the PC version, poker players with an android device can now download PartyPoker mobile app and play Texas Hold’em Cash Games ‘on the go’.
With the Bwin network there is definitely no shortage of action and with over 30 million downloads of Partypoker since 2001, finding players is certainly guaranteed. Regardless at what level or type of play there is always a constant flow of traffic here. Games include Texas Holdem, Omaha, Double Omaha and Stud. Players also have direct access to backgammon, casino, bingo and betting. Partypoker average over 15000 players and 5000 tables and can reach more than double this during peak times.
At the moment of writing this review, PartyPoker is the 4th largest online poker site and just recently they have merged Zynga Plus Poker real money players from the UK in their network. It’s going to be interesting to see whether Zynga will expand their real money gaming to other countries in the future and by doing so how much of a boost in traffic will they give PartyPoker.
Tournament play tends to be a little tighter on Partypoker than other poker rooms, however there is still plenty of scope on the cash tables, especially the Omaha and Double Omaha tables where you can easily double up against loose players. Another opportunity is the adrenaline pumping Fast Forward cash games.
Tournaments and Cash Games
Partypoker provide players with Texas Holdem, Omaha, Double Omaha and 7 Card Stud; including all formats such as no-limit, fixed and Hi/Lo. There is also a wide range of poker tournaments available including regular, qualifiers, guaranteed and satellites to live events. Cash games start from as little as 01c/02c right up to high stakes poker. Another feature with Partypoker is Fast Forward, a speed cash game based very much on the original Full Tilt’s Rush Poker where as soon as you fold your hand you are immediately moved to a new table.
Partypoker provide one of the best support systems for poker on the internet, as well as 24 an hour live chat available in multiple languages, poker players can also use their toll free (Freephone) telephone numbers should they need to get in touch and speak with someone regarding their account. Backing all this up is an extensive database of frequently asked questions as well as the option to email any questions as well which can be sent direct to the specific department. Partypoker also provide a learning database for players new to the game or simply wanting to explore other types of poker games available.
Banking and Security
Partypoker provide a huge range of deposit methods, included in this is all major debit and credit cards, instant banking, bank wires, online processors such as PayPal, Neteller, Skrill and Entropay. If you prefer you can also purchase top up vouchers such as Ukash or Paysafecard from local shops and use them much like a mobile phone top up to credit your poker account.
Partypoker uses the very latest in SSL technology to ensure that your account, bankroll and details are protected at all times to ensure that you have peace of mind whilst playing poker.