If you're willing to believe the hype, Party Poker is not just one of the biggest but it is THE biggest poker site on the internet. If you’re the type of player that doesn’t want to wait for a game, then you will love the high traffic and constant action of Party Poker. In this no-nonsense review, we'll put Party Poker’s best (and worst) features on the table.
If you spend more time in online casinos than poker rooms then you may be disappointed by Party Poker’s skeletal design and lackluster layout. The front page is plain to the point of being stark and graphics are sparse. If however you are looking for a poker room that gets right into the game, or you simply want an experience that's as close to real poker as possible, then you may be more comfortable with Party Poker’s straightforward style and easy to navigate pages and rooms. The lobby shares the spartan outlook on web design, making it somewhat boring but nevertheless user-friendly.
The good news is that while the tables are also simple, they have quick and easy play at the heart of their design and are nevertheless pleasant to look at. Few international players will be turned away, what with the site’s thirteen different languages and acceptance of even U.S. players. The only downside is that currency is limited to dollars and pounds. Party Poker carries over another popular online casino tradition by offering both free and cash play, giving new players a chance to experience the games prior to investing money.
Party Poker is powered by the PartyGaming group and backed by iGlobalMedia software. This software not only provides the high quality online poker players have come to expect from the larger rooms, but it also has the power and technology to support some new and unique features. Experienced players will enjoy Party Poker’s table filter system which makes finding exactly the tournament or cash game you want easy. It also allows for table resizing, so multi-tablers can watch all their games at once.
Other popular software features include the ability to turn off animations, customize buttons, track personal statistics, and track opponent statistics through revisable player notes. Players that like to focus on the game can turn off avatars and chat, while players that come to socialize can create buddy lists and private tables. Regardless of how you personalize your player account, the game play remains fluid and reliable.
Bonuses and Promotions
Party Poker is very generous with promotions for both new and existing members. While the first deposit bonus is a stingy 20% match, Party Poker occasionally offers an instant cash bonus of up to $75 (which makes finding the right code invaluable). They also offer "new player" tables and tournaments, weekly freerolls, and a variety of ongoing promotions from themed tournaments to jackpots to special events.
While Party Poker offers phone and email support, U.S. players are limited to email and there is no live chat to guarantee immediate service.