PartyPoker has been providing online poker services since 1997 and can be rightfully considered one of the biggest poker rooms in the world. It can boast a fairly substantial volume of players and a good variety of tournaments.
Bonuses: Similar to PokerStars, PartyPoker offers a new player bonus of £20, to be awarded to players within 48 hours of their first deposit of at least £10, but players must note that this is only available for casual cash games on the site. Party Poker offers the 2nd Chance First Bet (therefore, if a player’s first bet is unsuccessful, they can win a £5 or £10 free bet). No real sign of any match bonus, which might improve the site’s standard of promotions.
Traffic: Around 1,100 daily average players at any given time, but traffic is in reality much higher. There’s generally a substantial number of players even at off-peak times. There is arguably an attractive choice of consistently easy games, allowing players to easily increase their winnings.
Games & Tournaments: The usual suspects of Texas Hold’em. Omaha Hi/Lo, Pot Limit Omaha, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, as well as Blackjack. Buy-ins range from $1 all the way to $5000 and more. A good tournament schedule is run here with 70 tournaments spread evenly throughout the week offering up to $475,000 in prizes. Saturdays bring tournaments in Omaha, Hyper Turbos, 6 Max with $1 buy-ins, and Sundays have guaranteed prizepools of over $200,000. Players should look out for the annual PartyPoker “Pokerfest”, which attracts hundreds of players to a public tournament with massive prizes, up to several million euro.
Software: Easy to install and use. Includes the handy option of 1 Click Lobby (so players can access their game in just one click).
Banking & Customer Service: PartyPoker promise easy deposit options and they guarantee fast cash-outs. All payment processing transactions are transmitted by and stored in their secure, proprietary cashier system – so you know your money is safe. The usual customer service options exist on PartyPoker of email, live online chat and telephone, all of which are fairly satisfactory.
Overall: Party Poker is a relatively exciting poker site where new and inexperienced players can avail of a helpful poker school as well as a blog of daily tips . A better selection of promotions might make players happier, particularly the inclusion of a match bonus or a more easily unlockable instant bonus.
Best Poker Bonus Score: 7.5/10