Party Poker Site Review

Party Poker were once the biggest Online Poker Site. In the fall of 2006 they pulled out of the USA Market – relinquishing the title to Poker Stars and Full Tilt. The good news is that Party Poker remain the 3rd largest site in terms of traffic – and that the games you will find there are as fishy as ever.

With a sign-up bonus of up to $150 and regular reload bonuses and other promotions, this site boasts a loyal following. The game selection available includes some innovative ideas in addition to the usual Holdem and Omaha tables.

Party Poker – Bonuses And Promotions

The significant feature of the regular bonuses at Party Poker is that they are very fast to clear – requiring ‘party points’ gained from both cash game and tournament play. While you are clearing the $150 sign-up bonus (30% match on your first deposit with Party Poker bonus code SNGPLANET) or any of the numerous reloads your points will determine your VIP club level. As you move from Jack through to Ace, tournament entries and cash for points exchanges become available to you.

Party Poker – Cash Games

The cash games at Party are busy and the action is loose and wild. Texas Holdem is the most popular game as elsewhere. Party Poker feature busy fixed-limit Holdem tables in addition to the no-limit. 2, 6 and 10 player games are available at a wide variety of buy-ins starting with blinds of just a few cents.

In addition to the Holdem games, Omaha and Stud cash games are available, both including the popular hi-lo split variations.

Party Poker – Tournaments

The feature tournament at Party Poker is the Sunday $300k Guaranteed. This has a buy-in of $200+$15, however there are satellites (many with guaranteed seats) running throughout the week starting at $3 to enter.

With a full tournament schedule there is something available for every taste and bankroll. Starting with the ‘lucky dollar’ tournaments and going through to the bigger buy-ins, the tournament schedule features Holdem, Omaha, and Stud. Variations include satellites, re-buy tournaments and turbo blinds.

Party Poker – Sit N Goes

The SNG selection at Party Poker is very popular and includes some innovative games in addition to the popular NL Holdem tournaments. It should be noted that the lower buy-in SNG tournaments have higher fees than at some other sites – these become standard at the $10 and over levels. Sit N Go tournaments are available at a good range of buy-ins and will fill very quickly, especially at the peak times of European evenings.

Steps Sit N Goes, in which you move up a ‘ladder’ of tournaments starting from just $3 are enduringly popular at Party Poker. The new ‘Helkat’ SNGs are also attracting many players – these tournaments finish after a set time, awarding prizes based on chip counts.

Party Poker – Software

The poker software client set the standard for the industry. However, compared to some of the latest innovations it has become slow and is resource intensive on your computer. On the positive side the Party Poker software is clean and easy to use, with re-sizeable tables and special filters to narrow the selection of tables.

Party Poker – Deposit Methods

Visa debit and credit cards are the most popular deposit method at Party Poker, however a very wide range of the popular deposit methods are available including the leading electronic wallets, bank wire transfers and many region or country specific deposit methods too.

Party Poker – Summary

Brand recognition ensures a regular supply of new players to this leading poker site – keeping the traffic large even after the pull out from the US. The game selection is huge and the tables loose and wild. While the software is now lagging the best in the industry the regular (and generous) bonus incentives keep players loyal to this leading online poker site. Check them out for yourself today.

By Mark Holland
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