PartyPoker arrived on the scene in 2001 and had before long become synonymous with online poker. In 2006 its tenure at the summit of online poker came to an abrupt end with the implementation of the UIGEA. Cutting loose US players drastically cut their traffic levels and ended an era of dominance. However, they are still within the top 5 rooms for traffic and offer an assured service crafted and cultivated over the last 8 years.
Parent company PartyGaming have been operating an online casino since 1997 and were recently listed on the London Stock Exchange. Operations are split between the UK and Gibraltar. Total player counts at PartyPoker can reach over 8,000, each of them competing on the PartyGaming network available exclusively through PartyPoker. Unlike many of the other major networks there no third-party skins.
Party Poker Software
The PartyPoker interface has been honed over the years into one of the finest front-ends on the market. The software does a good job of marrying together a unique feel with the traditional layout poker players have become familiar with. Upon opening you will be greeted with the increasingly popular Quick Seat option, where a couple of clicks will bring you straight to a table tailored to your needs. The more traditional table lists can be accessed by selecting Cash Games, Sit & Go’s, etc from a sidebar on the left. This bar also contains every other menu option and can be hidden away, or retrieved, at the click of a button. Boxes at the top of the lobby allow you to pick the game and stakes you are after, although a more traditional file-tree style layout is available if you prefer.
Once you’ve found the game you’re after a quick click will call up one of the most eye-catching table designs available today. Cards and bet amounts are all clear and easy to read and the action buttons are color coded to avoid any unfortunate mistakes. A Quick Deposit option allows you to reload in a hurry, and the instant text hand history viewer will let you run some quick analysis on your play.
Although PartyPoker’s days as the biggest of the big are now over they are still a force to be reckoned with. As the 4th biggest room in the world they command a large and loyal player base, dealing millions of poker hands each month.
All the basics are covered when it comes to game selection:No-Limit Holdem, Limit Holdem, Pot-Limit Holdem, 7 Card Stud Omaha, and PLO are all on offer. Cash game stakes for No Limit Hold’em start at $0.02/$0.04 and progress up to $25/$50. Sit and Go stakes are considerably more varied, with $1 at the low end and $5010 at the top. The choice of multi-table tournaments is perhaps the weakest element, with few buy-ins anywhere above $100. There are however some good guaranteed events; $300k every Sunday and a $1 million guaranteed on the first Sunday of every month.
Tournaments are, as you might expect, considerably less popular than cash games. With the both Sit and Go’s and Scheduled events fairly quiet off-peak. By contrast ring games are well attended even during the slowest hours. Legions of low and micro stakes players keep things ticking over around the clock, with tables as high as $10/$20 running evening the early hours of the morning.
For years PartyPoker has been renowned as an easy place to make money. The company have embraced this reputation, going so far as to boast on their homepage of an independent survey that rated PartyPoker the easiest place to make a profit. The volume of fish declined post-UIGEA, but there are still legions of poor players donating money at all stakes.
Party Poker Bonus Code
Simplicity is key at PartyPoker, and their bonus deal is no exception. A simple 100% bonus on your first deposit is available, up to $500. Using the PartyPoker bonus code FTR500 when you sign up will activate the deal, and you can start playing some poker.
Register your new account with the code as shown here:
The PartyPoker bonus clearing details are simple – You have 90 days in which to clear the cash. To earn your reward you will need to earn PartyPoints equal to five times the value of your deposit. So, for example, when depositing $100 you will need to earn 500 points in order to clear the bonus. The money is released in 10 segments, so in the example above $10 will be awarded every time you earn 50 points. Points can be gathered by playing in cash games and tournaments.
You can read more about the Party Poker bonus here.
A host of other promotions are available on PartyPoker, including periodic reload bonuses. When not clearing a bonus your hard earned PartyPoints can be traded in for a wide selection of merchandise in the store or be traded in for cash rewards. New players are treated to a $30,000 Bankroll Builder freeroll and a Bad Beat Jackpot is available for those players who are feeling unlucky.
For more information, we recommend reading FTR’s comprehensive Party Poker review here.