Party Poker is the oldest and second biggest player in the world of online gambling and poker. Starting out in 1997 Party Poker has grown to a company with its own great software and large gaming options. The Party Poker site was launched in 2001 and its now the biggest site in the world. With the launch of Party Casino, Party Gammon and Party Bingo in 2006, players can now move between many games while using the same user account. With its great self run software and large player base, Party Poker is one of the leaders in the poker industry offering great games and a full loyalty program.
Sign-Up Bonus for New Players
New players that join Party Poker will be eligible to receive a 100% up to $500 free bonus on their first real money deposit at the site. In order to claim the welcome bonus, make sure to use Party Poker Bonus Code "500GOLD" during the registration process which will associate your new account with the offer. Once you enter the bonus code (as shown below), you are free to make a deposit and when approved the bonus will instantly be credited to your bonus account and you can start earning party points, which are required to convert the bonus funds to your real money account.
After receiving the welcome bonus at Party, you will need to begin accumulating Party Points through real money play in order to clear the bonus into your real money balance. This is done by participating in both real money ring games and tournaments on the site. To clear the bonus, players will need to earn eight (8) times the bonus amount in Party Points, so for the full bonus 4,000 points would be required in order to release the funds. In ring games, players earn 10 points after a specified number of hands which changes depending on the stakes. In tournaments, 2 Party Points is awarded for each $1 paid in tournament entry fees. Players will have a full 120 days from the date they make their first deposit to clear the bonus amounts.
Poker Software & Games
Party Poker has a great mix of poker games and offers different kinds of Texas Holdem, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo. Party Poker has a lot of traffic and it always ensures great action at its tables. They have a peak cash game traffic of 9500 real money players as of 2009. The games focus on: No Limit; Pot Limit; Fixed limit; Full table games; short- handed and heads up tables are available.
The software at PartyPoker.com was created completely in-house and is one of the few poker rooms that runs on an entirely independent platform. Players will find that the software is extremely well built providing easy navigation and access to important player statistics during game play. The Party software also offers a full online casino and sports betting site which are connected through a single account. A major software redesign in Sept. 2008 also added a lot of nice new features, including crisper graphics, a quick-seat feature, a live action preview, customized player images and improved multi-tabling options.
Player Promotions & Rewards
Party Poker does a great job for its online promotions. It hosts a huge flagship or tournaments every year with lots of satellites. Loyalty is often rewarded with perks including cash, reload bonuses and credits to play in the Party Poker casino or bingo room. Your reload bonus will range from 15-20 percent depending on the promotion for new monies added to your account.
The loyalty Program has become quite simple, the more cash play the more points. Players earn 2 points for every $1 in tournaments fees, raked hands and limits at cash games. Players that earn more than 5000 points in a month will be invited to the Palladium Lounge Club with bigger rewards and VIP service.
Poker Deposit & Withdrawal Methods
Party Poker has an extensive list of way to deposit your money and to cash out your winnings. Below is a list of options players have to access their money.
Deposit Options: VISA, MasterCard, Paysafe card, eps (Australia), WebMoney, Bancontact Mister Cash, iDeal, Laser card, Click & Buy, Click2Pay, Giro pay, Przleway24, DirectPay24, my citadel wallet, Poli, eWire, ELV Germany/Austria), Electronic Transfer (Canada), UsemyBank (Canada/U.K.), Switch/Solo/Maestro, Moneybookers, EntroPay, Neteller, bank wire transfer, bank transfer.
Withdrawal Options: Mastercard, Visa WebMoney, Masstro/Solo/Switch, Electronic Transfer Canada, Moneybookers, Click2Pay, Neteller, bank wire transfer, my citadel wallet, bank transfer, checks by courier and checks by mail.
Poker Room Support
Party Pokers support is one of the best out there. They offer a wide range of telephone support via a wide range of regional toll free numbers in 12 languages. This is how they differ from their competition. As always you can send all your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For cashier related questions contact email@example.com. For technology related questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.