PartyPoker.com reviewRonald Norris
PartyPoker is probably the most remarkable poker room in the industry, not just because of its exceptional size, but also because of long and interesting history, unique development ideas and innovations. The room has attracted one of the largest player bases and over time, it has remained very popular, even though they don’t accept deposits from US players anymore.
Such an exceptional popularity of this poker room can be attributed to numerous factors, but the general reasons for its popularity are reliability and high performance of software, outstanding poker tournaments and plenty of freerolls.
Click to enlarge
Software and features
PartyPoker software is frequently updated to improve and perfect your experience with this poker room. The software is always fast and completely reliable (there were no proven facts of data losses). You can play at up to four tables simultaneously.
You can either download their software (for Windows), or use their no-download version, which means that you can play from Mac and Linux-based computers. Besides of this, one unique feature that is unavailable in other poker rooms is the Deal Making facility, which comes into play, whenever a poker tournament is down to the final table and is entirely optional. This feature allows players to stop the tournament and split the chips in the agreed way (all players at the table must agree to do a deal).
Player Traffic and Competition
PartyPoker was once an undisputed market leader, but then it was hit by the new law that banned US players from making real money deposits online. At present PartyPoker is 3rd after Ultimate Bet and Poker Stars that still accept deposits from US players. Currently there are about 10,000 ring game and 50,000 tournament players during peak hours.
Sign up Bonus
Party Poker is well known for its generous bonuses, which includes first deposit bonus as well. They offer instant $25 bonus, 30% up to $150 on your first deposit and the recently introduced 100% up to $500 bonuses.
Game Variety and Promotions
The tournaments are also well-served with a wide selection of buy-in options and STT’s available from as low as $3. Available ring games range from $0,02-$0,04 and up to $25-$50. The room’s main event is the well-known PartyPoker Million and the newly introduced $300,000 guaranteed tournament taking place every Sunday. Another attraction available for PartyPoker players is club freerolls. Players can earn PP’s (Party Points) and redeem them to enter numerous freerolls and other tournaments available in the room.
You can make deposits with major credit and debit cards or use one of major online payment processors, such as Click2Pay, Moneybookers, FirePay and Click&Buy, bank transfer. Besides of this, there are several deposit methods specific to particular regions, such as BPAY for Australia.
You can withdraw money to your bank account (through Bank Wire Transfer), credit or debit card and through Click2Pay, NETeller, Moneybookers or FirePay. You can also request a check shipping by mail or FedEx.
Another unique feature offered by PartyPoker is Beginner Tables, which are reserved for newly registered real money players only. New players can use these tables within 45 days after making first deposit. This feature protects new players from the sharks fishing for inexperienced players. Note that Texas Holdem is the only game available at beginner tables. The stake ranges at the beginner tables are:
$0.5/$1, $1/$2, $2/$4 and $3/$6
PartyPoker offers excellent customer service with free phone support available 24×7. Besides of this, there is e-mail support for less urgent issues.