PARTY POKER REVIEW
Established in 2001, Party Poker had quickly become the Internet’s fastest-growing online poker room. Daily, thousands of players crammed the tables, making it easy to find a game whenever you’re up to playing. In 2006, they pulled out of the US market and have not been the same since in regards to the table traffic. They still offer a great selection of games at just about any hour. They have always been one of the industry leaders when it comes to cool and fun promotions including an annual cruse that players can win their way on to.
- Party Poker
- +44 20-7537-8300
- Deposit Bonus
- 100% Up to $500
- Bonus Code
- Deposit and Withdraw Methods
- The tables are resizable.
- Hand histories are available.
- The lobby is very organized.
- Stable software.
- The action is slow.
- The bets and raises are not displayed in the chat/log window.
- The email responses will not answer your questions unless you are a real money customer.
Established in 2001, Party Poker had quickly become the Internet’s fastest-growing online poker room. Daily, thousands of players crammed the tables, making it easy to find a game whenever you’re up to playing. In fact, during peak hours, Party Poker often had more than 70,000 players online at a time! All this came crashing down when Party Poker made the decision to no longer accept US players in the fall of 2006 as a response to US legislation. They had lost roughly 70% of their player base and now don’t even show the current player count on their main lobby page. They are slowly recovering though but they have lost their number one ranking as the world’s largest online poker room.
Party Poker still seems to do a good job attracting first-time players. These players are generally very loose, which means the fish-quotient is high…and the action is still pretty hot! Party Poker also has big-named poker spokesmen including the very hot Shana Hiatt, and voices of TV poker Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten.
Party Poker - Game Types:
Party Poker has an average amount of games, though none of the "unique" variations that other sites carry, such as Pineapple or RAZZ. The games that they do offer are: Texas Hold’em in the three standard flavors… Limit, No Limit, and Pot Limit; Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha; 7 Card Stud.
They do have plenty of traffic in Limit Texas Holdem , where the stakes cover $0.05/$0.10 up to $100/$200. The games tend to be looser at the lower limits and of course the action a bit better. The No-Limit Texas Holdem stakes range form $0.02/$0.04 to $25/50 and at the Pot Limit tables you can choose stakes from $0.10/$0.25 up to $10/$20. Again the action is better at the lower limits and the tables a bit looser.
Party Poker offers ‘Beginner’ tables at the micro stakes range for No Limit and Limit Texas Hold’em. These stakes start at $0.02/$0.04 and cap out at $1/$2. They are of course very popular with the newbie Hold’em player. As players gain confidence in their abilities, it is only natural for them to move up in stakes. These tables serve as prep-schools for the future Phil Hellmuths of the world.
The Omaha action at Party Poker is improving do to the fact that they are concentrating their marketing on European players. The stakes for these tables start at $0.50/$1 and go to $30/$60. For Pot Limit Omaha, the table starts at $0.10 and cap out at $10/$20. The action here is stronger than at the regular Omaha tables, however still nothing to write home about.
Party Poker’s 7-Card Stud games are ok at the lower limits from a action stand point. The stakes range from $0.50/$1 to $30/$60.
They also have a wide range of consistent Sit and Go’s both single table and multi table. The single table SNG buy-ins start at $3 and move up to $530. Party Poker offers 2, 6, 8, and 10 seat singles table SNG’s, which is a good selection. Most players can find what they are looking for. As for the multi table SNG’s, they offer 20, 30 and 50 seats. The tables don’t fill up as fast as they used to but still do not requires a very long wait.
The Multi-Table tournament line up is extensive. At Party Poker, they offer Regular, Re-buy, Guaranteed, and Speed Re-buy in all kinds of combinations and buy-ins and prize pools. Any player is sure to find a game that they are interested in at just about any time of day
Special tournaments and 'Qualifiers' are ongoing. They offer lots of satellites for the WSOP and their big $300,000 Guaranteed Sunday tourney. The buy-ins usually start at $3 and have start time throughout the day.
Rakes are average (about 5% or better) though for low-limit pots, they can be as high as 10%. As for bonuses, at the time of this writing Party Poker has a 20% up to $100 sign-up bonus which is below average compared to other sites. They offer a reload bonus about once a quarter, again below average compared to other sites such as Absolute Poker
Party Poker - Software and Features:
While the Party Poker software is nothing special, it is very easy to use and understand. Oddly missing in the lobby is the ability to see the flop percentage of the tables; many players use this feature at poker sites and may find its loss jolting. Fortunately, personal percentages are available during play, though they aren’t very sophisticated. The lobby filter makes it easy to navigate through and players can find the games the are looking for with minimal effort. The ability to sort the columns again added to the overall ease of game navigation.
For players who like to multi-table, Party Poker allows you to play up to twelve tables at once! Players can also adjust the size of the poker room which again is a nice feature for players who are multi-tabling or multi-tasking.
The poker rooms themselves are clean and uncluttered. The cartoon avatars are a bit silly but are not too distracting and you do have the option to turn them off as well. The colors of the room are easy on the eyes and the table cards are big, clear and easy to read. The dealer speed is good and the games seem to move along with out glitches. From that respect, the software is very stable and seldom are there disconnects or application ‘freezes’. They do offer a Blackjack button in the poker room if you want to try your luck on a casino house game.
Some more nice features include the ability to create private tables just for you and your buddies. There’s also the Buddy List, a place where you can add names of your friends so you may invite those online to your table. Also, the ability to take notes about your opponents and save them is a big plus. Players can also store their hand histories on their hard drive which again is a valuble feature for those who are more serious about improving their poker game through play analysis. Party Poker also offers a chat feature where players can interact with one another.
One feature that is lacking at Party Poker is the at-a-glance statistics. Many other of the top sites offer a ‘stats’ button right in the card room so you can see your hand percentages such as flop or show down win percentages etc. It is not a big deal for the casual or recreational poker player but for the more serious players it is an important tool that they may have become accustomed to at other sites.
Party Poker offers a loyalty program as well, called the Player’s Club. Players earn points for real money play and can use those points as currency for special tournament buy-ins, cash or gift certificates. The points are about average difficulty to earn.
Party Poker - Behind the Scenes:
Party Poker offers professional customer service via 24-hour email and phone support. They do have a reputation of being slower that average in e-mail responses but they are usually accurate and helpful.
As far as security goes, Party Poker’s is top-notch, fully regulated and controlled. They use 128-bit encryption for the “highest level of privacy and confidentiality.” According to their website, their security is so good it has made them a "globally respected benchmark of online poker room operations since 2000."