Party Poker Review
Party Poker, launched in 2001, is one of the most famous poker rooms in the world. It was previously owned by PartyGamnig plc. In 2011, the company merged with another online gambling company called bwin, giving rise to bwin.party Digital Entertainment Plc, which is now the largest publicly traded online gambling company and operates from Gibraltar.
Party Poker used to be the biggest poker room in terms of player traffic, but after UIGEA was passed, it lost all its US players and dropped to the third spot.
Party Poker's software used to be quite simple, but as time passed and new features were added, people started finding the interface difficult to use. Then the software was overhauled and is now one of the best in the business. It is very fast and reliable, simple to use yet quite attractive. The software has game statistics, customizable avatars, and training tables as well.
A lot of players want multi table features so they can rack up the bonus points quickly. That is not a problem with party poker as you can play on 12 tables at a time. You can resize the tables, tilt, or cascade them as per your convenience. A stacking view, which is popular amongst players, is also available. There is a hot hand feature that alerts you if you get a hand like two aces or two kings. The downloadable version works only with Windows but Linux and Mac users can play on the browser version.
Tournaments and Games
The site offers the most played variations of poker, which are Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 5-card stud and 7-card stud. Since Party poker has such a large player base, it is easy to find soft players. If you are good at poker, PartyPoker gives you a chance to make some easy money.
There are lots of tournaments at Party Poker for the players to choose from. You can play single table sit n go tournaments that have a buy in charge of as less as $1. The tournament fee at Party Poker is capped at $10. That means, even if you are playing a tournament with a buy in of $5000, you will pay a fee of only $10. There are bounty tournaments as well, in which you get paid for defeating a particular player. Heads up tournaments are also available in which there are only two players per table.
Initial deposit bonus: Party Poker offers its players a 100% bonus on their initial deposit up to a maximum amount of £/€/ 500. To claim this bonus you have to earn a particular number of party points. If you are depositing in US or Canadian dollars then you have to earn 6 times the bonus amount in party points to release the bonus. In case of Euros, you have to earn 8 times the bonus mount, and for pound sterling, you have to win 9 times the amount. The bonus is released in 10 parts; each part is released after you earn the proportionate amount of party points. Here is how you can earn the party points.
- Every dollar that goes into the rake gives you 2 points.
- Every dollar that you spend on tournament fees gives you 2 points.
Bad Beat Bonus: If you lose a hand of four of a kind in 8's or better, then you can win this Jackpot. This jackpot grows over time. The loser gets 50% of the jackpot, winner gets 25%, and other players get 25%. Players sitting out do not get anything.
Security and Banking
You can use Visa, MasterCard, Ccikck2Pay, bank transfer and many other options for depositing money. All of them take place instantly except bank transfers, which can take about 4 days. There is a $20,000 monthly limit on the cashouts. The site uses 128-bit encryption by Thawte security for safeguarding information and your transactions. It is also certified by eCogra.