Monday, November 9, 2009

Party Poker Room Review


While doing this party poker room review, one astonishing fact which came out was that party poker is the largest poker rooms online and having some of the weakest competition out there. This site has rebuilt its player base and has become the largest non-US poker room online.

Bonuses and Promotions 10/10
Party Poker has a welcome bonus for its new customers. The bonus is simple, Party Poker match whatever you deposit; it is only up to $100 though. The bonus is delivered in 10 bite sized chunks. So if you deposit $100 you will receive your bonus in $10 increments.

After you have signed up and made your first deposit, you are eligible for the exclusive entries into daily freeroll qualifiers. This is part of Party Poker's Bakroll builder promotion. This depositor's bonus lasts for 60 days after you've made your first real money deposit. If you qualify you have the opportunity to play in $2500 freerolls. The steps up continue as you continue to win, if you do well in $2500 freeroll you'll be able to play for some serious cash in the $10000 monthly finale. There are more than 100 chances to win cash in the first 60days, and what's more, it's free. There are an additional 100k of freerolls each month.

While doing this party poker room review, i realized that another bonus Party Poker offers is "the bad beat jackpot". Sit down at any red marked bad beat jackpot table and cop a bad beat and you could be a lot richer, even after losing. Party Poker collect 50 cents from the pot of every raked hand played on the Bad Beat Jackpot tables, so the jackpot grows the more you play. With more than 100 tables, the jackpot typically increases by $1000 every hour. You win the bad beat jackpot if you are on one of these tables and you lose with a hand of Four of a Kind, 8s, or better. 70% of the jackpot is distributed and 20% used as a seed for the next jackpot. 10% is retained by Party Poker as an administrative fee. Of the distributed amount, 50% goes to the loser of the hand (the Bad Beat), 25% goes to the winner, and the remaining 25% is split between the other seated players who took part in the hand. Players who sat out of the hand will not receive a portion of the jackpot.

Party Poker offers continual new bonuses. Everytime you look at your account there seems to be a new bonus offer where you get cold hard cash. Party Poker are always looking after their players in this respect. These continual bonuses work much the same as the first depositor's bonus but are generally released in 2 increments.

Party Poker alike other sites offer a points system, where the more you play the more you earn. These points are not only used for the release of bonuses but remain in your cashier account even after your bonuses are released. Furthermore; you can use these points for the purchase of Party Poker merchandise from their unique store or even for tournament entries. Other bonuses or in this case promotions include the slashing of charges for all single-table tournaments over $200 to a flat $10 fee. No matter how high the stakes, the fee will be just $10. Party Poker have introduced a complete range of high-end Single Table Tournaments with buy-ins all the way up to $5,000. So with a fee of just $10 - far less than any other poker room - you'll be getting tremendous value.

Tell a friend bonus is just another bonus on offer from Party Poker. Let a friend know about Party Poker and when your friend deposits and start playing and you receive $100 and your friend gets $50. This is subject to conditions which you will find within your account under "tell a friend". When it comes to bonuses, they never seem to stop at Party Poker and there is something for everyone! Indeed Party Poker is the strongest online poker site when it comes to customer loyalty rewarding.PartyPoker-Lobby

Ring Games 10/10
When it comes to playing in ring games (or cash games as some call them) Party Poker is pretty high up the ladder with what they offer. Stakes in ring games are from1c/2c through to $250/$500 depending on the poker variant you choose. If you play low limit stakes or high stakes there is a table for you. You can sit and play heads-up against an opponent on 6 and 10 seater tables. There are a variety of games to choose from including NL Hold'em, Pot Limit Hold'em, Limit Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha hi/lo, and 7 card stud. Party Poker has a section for beginners only so anyone starting out has a great chance of playing a good game.

Tournaments and Sit N Go's 10/10
Party Poker is home to some of the biggest online tournaments available. Each month, Party Poker has a $1,000,000 guaranteed on the first Sunday of every month. You can qualify for this tournament from as little as a $1 buy-in.

Party Poker also has a $300,000 guaranteed tournament on Sunday's and gaining entry is just as cheap as the 1mil dollar tourney. You can do this by playing in the 50 seat frenzy where 50 seats are up for grabs. Entry into the 50 seat frenzy is $15, alternatively you can play in one of two $2 qualifiers or in a daily freeroll for your specific country where the top 10 players receive an entry. now offers over $6 Million a month in Guaranteed Tournaments. With a variety of buy-ins suited to every bankroll and different game types. Something very unique in this party poker room review is that  Party Poker guarantees the prize pool amount before the commencement of the play in all guaranteed tournaments so you may have less people to beat then you expect,

On the lowest scale of the tournament ladder, Party Poker offers continual freerolls to its customers daily. These range is from $100 upwards. This is a great opportunity to experience the Party Poker tournament world for all new players and also increase your bankroll at the same time. There are also as mentioned above, new depositor freeroles. On the scale of low limit buy-ins, Party Poker tournaments start from $1 each right through to your desired limit. The tournaments at these levels include regular tournaments through to satellites for the major Party Poker tournaments mentioned above. They also have qualifiers for major live tournaments such as the poker news cup which has qualifiers running as this review is written.

Tournaments for almost every poker variant can be played...
To save you waiting for your tournament to start, Party Poker offers Sit n Go's from a minimum $1, through to a massive $5010. There is a Sit N Go to suit every budget with minimal wait. Again, these are available in most poker variants. Satellites for the major tourneys are also available by simply sitting and going.

Party Poker has incorporated a Steps Challenge for low limit playing Sit N Go fans. It is a six step challenge where you can turn $3 into $2000. The idea is simple. Buy in to any of the six levels and place first, second, or even third in some levels, to move up to the next step. Place further down and you can still win a chance to try either the same level or a lower level step again. This is a great opportunity for every Sit N Go player who wants to take on the challenge.

Software 9/10
The poker software is simple to use, the main lobby has things pointed out precisely. It is easy to find your way around the party poker site. The graphics are not the best available online, but if your computer and internet speed isn't the fastest it will suit your needs. You can choose to use your own avatar or one of the ones available which are of things such as high heels, trees and lobsters. I prefer to use my own face at the table, each time you choose to change your avatar it must be approved by party poker. Choice of custom picture is a great feature and highly regarded by most people who discuss Party Poker. You have the option to switch from avatars and change card colors at tables. You can change the table themes to one that suits your liking. You can go back to the older style, original party poker tables with standard avatars also.The software runs smooth and is clear and precise. Favourite tables and games are displayed when signing in. There are many great features about Party Poker Software. The software is reliable and stable.

PartyPoker-Table Payouts 8/10
Payouts are easy, very non complicated with Party Poker. They are handled fast and professionally. Direct bank transfers are received within 3-5 working days worldwide and that's just unbeatable. Other withdrawal methods (depending on country) include:

  • Netteller
  • EntroPay
  • Money bookers
  • Check by mail
  • Check by premium delivery
  • Bank Wire Transfer

Each withdrawal method allows a minimum of $50 and the maximum varies up to the sum of $10,000 for the local bank transfer method. Some methods are almost instant; pending approval and others take 3-5 working days.

Customer Service 10/10
There is no need to wait for email replies from Party Poker. Party Poker is available toll free or for the cost of a local call from anywhere in the world. Their support is second to none. If you would rather email, replies are quick and precise. There is no comparison to support online.

Traffic 8/10
Party Poker is one of the true online gaming giants with a fair amount of action available 24/7 at most levels of play. The restrictions on US customers however have slowed a lot of this giant's traffic. High stakes play attracts the least traffic.

Games Selection 7/10
Doing the Party Poker room review i realized that Poker offers its players No Limit, Pot Limit and Limit Hold'em tables from micro to high stakes. Tables are available anywhere from 2 seat play (heads-up) through to 10 seats. All Hold'em games are available in tournament play and Sit N Go's also from micro to high stakes.

Omaha - Party Poker offers their customers both Omaha hi and Omaha hi/ lo. The Omaha tables are fairly low in traffic compared to Holdem. Omaha is available to play from 25c/50c through to the high stakes levels. Tournaments and Sit N Go's run fairly often.7 card stud adds to the games list on Party Poker. It is a less commonly known game but again, available from low to higher stakes.Party Poker lacks some poker variants such as RAZZ and H.O.R.S.E. If poker variants such as razz are not your cup of tea all isn't lost.partypoker-graph

Other features 7/10
Party Poker has a few other features available to its customers including the key system. As you earn more points you unlock availability of more items in the Party Poker shop. Party Poker has the extra feature of an attached online casino suite. Transfer of cash can be made to friends who play on the site. Gift Certificates are available for purchase.

Overall for this party poker room review i will give a score of 8.8/10 .

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