Party Poker Review

Rating 70/100

editor's verdict

The Good

  • Excellent Sunday tournaments
  • Smooth poker gameplay
  • Generous deposit bonus

what could be better

  • Small community
  • Lack of poker variety
  • Low limit games

Party Poker is a solid poker room for players looking for quality tournaments to enter. Every Sunday the site comes alive with massive tournaments that would be difficult to find at other locations.

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review summary

One of the most important signs of quality online poker sites is that they operate as their own network. Obviously, this is expensive to do and requires a fair amount of experience. Any of these online poker rooms trying to run their own network should also have some strong name recognition and have top security for their poker sites.

Such is indeed the case with Party Poker. In fact, before they left the US market back in 2006, this was THE place to go for finding the best online poker websites offering real money play. Although this site is still more or less off-limits to US players (they do have a site available for New Jersey residents due to the 2014 change of legal status), for most other places in the world, Party Poker is still the place to go for real cash online poker action.

International players looking for some of the best online poker rooms have a great asset in Party Poker. This poker site offers a nice variety of games, both real money ring games and also tons of different tournaments. In fact, tournaments are one of their strongest points of differentiation between most other poker rooms. Oh, and there are also a fair amount of fish, or lower-skilled players.

quick facts

Players from US accepted Us players accepted
  • Name: Party Poker
  • Established: 2001
  • Licensed In: Gibraltar
  • Owned By: Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment
  • Payout Speed: in days
  • Languages: English
  • Currencies: USD, Euro, GBP, CAD, JPY
  • Software type: N/A
  • Contact: Transactions@partyaccount.com
  • Website: Party Poker

rating breakdown

Party Poker is one of the oldest online poker rooms around today. While a once massive online playing room, it’s a more modest online destination today. Players mostly enjoy Texas Hold’em, both Limit and No Limit versions of the game are played regularly. The casino took measures to limit the number of high rollers playing at the casino and now it’s difficult to find No Limit games over the $1/$2 limit.

SOFTWARE

8

SECURITY

7

BANKING

7

trafic and competition

9

tournaments

9

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

8

RELIABILITY / TRUSTWORTHINESS

8

BONUSES / PROMOTIONS

6

detailed review

8 /10 Poker Games

Just as with most other quality online poker sites, Party Poker offers players a reasonable selection of games and stakes. You will find Texas Holdem available in no limit, limit, and pot limit formats. Omaha and Omaha hi lo is offered at these poker rooms in limit and pot limit formats. Additionally, 7 Card Stud is offered in several formats.

For the most part, Texas Holdem is where the best action will be at these online poker sites. You will find pretty much full tables for this game at just about every stake level. Also, they offer a number of jackpot tables, which randomly offer some excellent prizes. However, these tables also have an added rake...this will greatly affect your win rate, so they are really not recommended.

As far as the Omaha and Stud games go, they do have some good offerings at the low and mid stakes levels. Unfortunately, for players looking at online poker sites to provide them with high stakes games for these varieties of poker, they will be rather lacking. Even still, a skilled player can win some decent real money even with medium stakes games.

Tournament games are also quite popular with the Party Poker online poker rooms and players. You will find hundreds of Sit & Go tournaments being played at the same time. This poker site has a large popularity for tournaments in the $3 to $11 range. Even during off peak hours, you will be able to find tournaments up to about $55, but not usually much higher. For something a bit more unusual, take a look at the 5-table Sit & Go's that are limited to a maximum $33 buy-in. Amazingly, this is one of those online poker sites where such tournaments don't fill up that quickly, so you can have a very solid opportunity here. Ultimately, Party Poker is one of the best online poker rooms for mid stakes Sit & Go tournament players today.

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8 /10 cash games
tournament traffic

Traffic is something that everyone should pay attention to when analyzing or researching online poker sites. It is something our experts certainly examined closely when determining which poker rooms to bring to your attention. At any given time at Party Poker, there is likely to be up to 8,500 players or so between both their tournaments and real cash games. During peak traffic times, this can be upwards of 10,000 total players.

Tournaments are the most popular offering at the Party Poker online poker rooms. During peak times, expect a good 7,500 to 8,000 players to be engaged in one of these tournaments. There will be action at every tournament and at every limit level, with up to 1,000 or so tables going at any given time.

Real money game offerings are certainly not forgotten at this online poker site, even if their traffic might be less than tournament play. Smaller stakes games are the most popular, up to the $5 / $10 no limit and the $2 / $4 pot limit stakes. You will find a few tables and tourneys at higher limits, but these are much rarer and certainly don't have the tables fill up as quickly.

While we're at it, playing these games at Party Poker is also exceptionally easy. While the first choice should always be to download the poker client software, you can also play right within your browser window using your existing operating system. This way you can play on your PC or Mac. Or, feel free to download the app or apps available for your Android, Windows, or Apple (iPhone, iPad) mobile device.

Suffice it to say that as a Party Poker mobile review goes, it is very nice to be able to have your games with you anywhere on the go, even if some of the best features are not available. It will even work on a number of tablet mobile devices.

8 /10 customer service

Players will find that recently Party Poker upgraded their customer service. In fact, it has always been good and the company is still committed to providing the best customer experience possible. Contact the site via any of their email addresses...just find the right one from their contact page. There are also a number of helpful phone number contacts to call the website. Or, you may feel free to use the recently added live chat service for a quick resolution to any question or service issue. They even have in-depth frequently asked questions pages as a self help guide.

6 /10 bonuses / promotions

Everyone likes bonuses offered by online poker sites. The main thing to remember here is that more well established poker rooms generally don't feel the need to use their awards as aggressively as newer poker sites. Sadly, this does have an effect on bonuses offered by the best and top ranked online poker websites such as Party Poker.

To this end, you will find new players are able to earn a 100% deposit bonus of up to $500 at Party Poker. While this is at the lower end of average, even for the best real cash poker sites, it is still a help getting your bankroll started or giving you a little bit of extra ammunition. Also, you will find that Party Poker has a pretty reasonable bonus clearance formula that should allow you to actually cash it fairly quickly. But even if you need to work at it for a while, it is nice that this online poker site gives players 120 days to finish the bonus clearance process, many other poker rooms won't even give you half of that time.

Another thing that you won't see too often from even the best or top poker websites are reload bonuses. Yet, this is exactly what Party Poker does, especially if you have allowed your poker room accounts to go idle for a while; they are hoping to rekindle your interest in playing at their poker rooms.

Plus, you will find other promotions including a loyalty program. There are some freeroll tournaments offered through their online poker rooms, although not many. But you will find a number of satellites to major events, even live poker events (this website actually owns the rights to the World Poker Tour). As you accumulate player points, simply by playing in real money raked hands, you will be able to convert them into cash and other interesting prizes.

7 /10 banking

You will find that Party Poker has one of the widest range of deposit methods available at any of the current online poker sites. This includes everything from your credit cards and debit cards to most of the major e-wallets systems and even prepaid cash cards and systems like Ukash and PaySafeCard, among others.

Additionally, this company has worked very hard to remove fees from as many of their poker room's deposit methods as possible. The main exception to this is wire transfers, which will still incur a small fee. You could, however, just as easily use something like Western Union, which is a deposit method whereby the online poker sites largely pick up the tab for your transfer.

Taking payouts is also very simple and easy. You will find them to be processed fast, usually within about 24 to 48 hours. Of course, the poker site has a number of top notch security features and you might be asked to undergo additional identity verification during your first withdraw by providing some identification documents. This should only be required once, if at all.

8 /10 Reputation

As one of the top real cash online poker sites in the world (indeed it was actually the best for a number of years), Party Poker enjoyed, and still holds, very high regard in the minds of most experienced poker players. They have a very secure site, using 128-bit data encryption to handle all customer and financial data. Plus, they are a very trustworthy site and in compliance with all laws and regulations.

The main claim to fame of Party Poker at this time is their huge selection of excellent online poker tournaments. Many people flock to their poker rooms simply for a chance to enter one of those guaranteed events. Right now, they also have a high percentage of unskilled players and soft competition (due to the loss of their US business and needing to rebrand).

WHY PARTY POKER POKER IS WORTH TRYING

Party Poker is good if you like Texas Hold’em, especially the No Limit variety. If you rather play Omaha and other variations you’ll have a tough time finding many tables to play at. If you love tournament play you’ll enjoy what Party Poker has to offer. Tournaments are where this online poker room really shines with excellent prizes and regularly frequency being enough to give tournament players plenty to look forward to. It’s the type of service that works very well for some players, and something that will meet the needs of others.

  • Reason 1: Massive Sunday tournaments
  • Reason 2: Most players enjoy Texas Hold’em
  • Reason 3: Easy for new players to join
  • Reason 4: Trusted site