Party Poker Review

Party Poker ( is one of the biggest international online poker sites and offers various types of poker games as well as Blackjack. Party Poker is a part of PartyGaming - the umbrella company for PartyCasino, PartyGammon, and PartyBingo. PartyGaming boasts online gaming sites that are easy to use, secure, and exciting. Party Poker was named "Poker Operator of the Year 2009" by eGaming Awards.

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Party Poker hosts the most popular types of poker games such as Texas Holdem, Omaha, and Seven-Card Stud, available in ring game, sit and go, and tournament format.

Party is also known for its great rewards program and its New Player Zone - a "Poker School" and special tournaments geared toward players new to online poker. Party Poker is also the owner of Party Academy - a branch of PartyGaming that offers tips and literature on how to make money playing poker online, as well as owner of the World Poker Tour.

Software Quality

Party PokerParty Poker technology is tested by iTech Labs, a privately owned company that analyzes online gaming methods. The software is monitored regularly to ensure fairness and randomness in hands and numbers. The software, recently redesigned, also has a quick seating function at tables and allows a player to sit at multiple tables (up to four) at the same time. You can resize your table easily and there is no lag time when you play at multiple tables.

The software also comes with a deal-making feature that allows players to make a decision whether to continue play or equally divide chips towards the end of a game. Party Poker's software is Mac and PC compatible. Party Poker also has a 24-hour online and telephone support service for questions and assistance.

Player Traffic

Party Poker is extremely popular, the third highest-traffic online poker site, with peak time numbers averaging at least 60,000 players in tournaments and 9,500 players in ring games. The site is most popular in Europe, so its peak hours are during European prime time. Party Poker's large numbers make it easy to find seats because there are so many tables.

Cash game stakes start at just $0.01/$0.02 and climb as high as $25/$50. Sit & Go buy-ins can reach over $500.00.

Player Competition

The player competition at Party Poker is considered to be somewhat soft at most of the Sit & Gos and ring tables. Experienced players clean up at the lower stakes Party Poker cash games and sit and gos, as most of the players are newer players who don't know the game.

Party Poker, however, is also home to many poker professionals such as Kara Scott and Mike Sexton. In fact, the 2010 Aussie Millions first and second place winners were Party Poker online qualifiers. If you look hard enough, you will find tough competition at some of the higher stakes tables.

Bonuses and Promotions

Party Poker offers all new depositors a 100% up to $500 bonus on their first deposit at the site. To redeem the bonus, visit and use bonus code 500PS when you sign up. The bonus will automatically show up in your account when you deposit.

Party Poker forces players to earn "PartyPoints" before they receive their bonus money. Each PartyPoint is worth $1, and your bonus is released in five equal sized chunks. So, if you deposit $500, you will receive $100 of your bonus every time you earn 100 PartyPoints.

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Players earn PartyPoints by playing real money ring games, sit and gos, and tournaments. Party Poker also gives a $50 bonus to you any time you refer a friend. Your friend will also receive $50.

Party Poker is known for having some of the highest yielding tournaments and it hosts a weekly $300,000 guaranteed tournament every Sunday and a monthly $30,000 Bankroll Builder. Party Poker also guarantees 1 million dollars in cash winnings every month and the site runs an annual Party Poker Million Dollar Competition.

You also have the chance to win $15,000 World Poker Tour packages that enable you to travel to the WPT tournament of your choice anywhere in the world.

In addition, every year Party Poker hosts a made for European television event: Party Poker Premier League that maintains a buy-in of $100,000. The 2010 winner was David Binyamine. For more information on Party Poker's bonuses and promotions, check out the Party Poker bonus code guide over at

Rewards Programs

Party Poker has revamped their rewards program so as to make it clearer and easier to earn Party Points. For every dollar that is paid in a tournament or cash game, two Party Points are earned. As opposed to other poker sites, Party Poker updates your Party Point earnings after every game. Party Poker offers point levels to its members and the more points you earn, the higher your reward level and the higher percentage you receive on cash back.

At their highest level, you can earn $20 for every 100 points you cash into their online store. You can also cash in your points for gift certificates, big-money tournament entries or even NHL tickets. Party Poker gives you a higher return value when you trade in your Party Points for prizes or bonus points as opposed to just trading in for cash.

Deposit/Withdrawal Methods and Ease of Use

All of Party Poker's cash handling is under the control of Pay-Pro. Party Poker guarantees fast cash outs and has developed software that allows you to access your account for all of PartyGaming's various gaming sites at the same time. Party Poker accepts all major forms of payment including check, credit cards, wire, Click2Pay, and UKash.

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