If you ask any long time online poker player about Party Poker, days prior to 2006, you will see a huge smile move across their face. At a time when online poker was just beginning to flourish, Party Poker was the "it" site. It was known for its huge player pool of soft competition, so that any half decent player could be a winner.
Unfortunately, in 2006 Party Poker closed its doors to American players, cutting out a large portion of the poker community. However it is still the most popular non U.S. poker site in the world, just behind pokerstars.
PartyGaming, parent company of Party Poker, recently merged with bwin in March 2011, forming bwin.party digital entertainment plc. The network is licensed and regulated in Gibraltar to ensure the integrity of the games. Party Poker features 6 poker variations:
- Texas holdem
- Double holdem
- Omaha hi lo
- 7 card stud
- 7 card stud hi lo
Stakes here range from as low as $0.01/$0.02 to as high as $250/$500. Although the game selection offered is not very extensive, the most popular games are covered and the traffic is very good.
Party Poker Software
The software at Party is one of the best in the business. Party Poker is known for being fast, reliable, and easy to use. It is updated fairly often and has become less and less cluttered over time. Several nice features have also been added, including the ability to set alerts for certain hands, such as AA or KK, and for when you are running out of time. You can play up to 16 tables at once and the tables are fully resizable.
You have two choices for the Party Poker software: the complete downloadable version, or the limited Instant Play version. The downloadable software is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Instant Play lets you play directly in your web browser, although you do not have access to some features such as table filters, private tables, and table resizing.
As mentioned, the players at Party Poker are historically very weak. While the competition is not quite as soft as it once was, there are still plenty of casual players to play against. Of course, the lowest stakes are the easiest, but as you move up the competition gets progressively better. Once you reach the $5/$10 level, you will find that solid regulars populate a large portion of the player pool.
Tournaments are one of the most popular forms of poker because of the fact that anyone can turn one small buy in into life changing money. All players start with the same number of chips, and with a little luck, even the least experienced player can win.
Party Poker offers several types of tournaments, including sit'n gos, Shootouts, Satellites, Heads up, Freerolls, Bounty, and the standard Multi-table tournaments. You can play in a tournament for as little as $1, or buy in to a high stakes tournament for as much as $5,010. A full schedule is offered each and every day, so you will always be able to get into the action.
The biggest tournaments are the seasonal $1,000,000 Guaranteed tournaments. It will cost you $640 to buy in directly, although you can win a seat through a satellite for only $1. Party Poker also runs a $250,000 Guaranteed tournament every Sunday for $215. $40,000 is also guaranteed Monday through Thursdays, and over $100,000 in freeroll tournaments are offered each month.
Party Poker Bonus
One of the most exciting parts of joining a new poker room is the welcome bonus. After all, who would not like a free opportunity to win money? Party Poker offers their new players a 100% match up to $500. In order to receive the money, you will have to earn Party Points by playing in real money tournaments and cash games.
With so many online poker rooms popping up, it can be difficult to decide on the best place to play. Party Poker has great software, generous tournaments, a respectable history, and some of the softest competition online.
We have prepared a number of articles to help you play the games better. Regarding poker, we have an article about Poker tournament tips which will put you in the right direction if you play in the world series of poker or any other tournament. For example one tough situation is when you need to be playing with a short stack in a tournament and knowing the correct strategy will certainly help. Scared Poker mistakes shows errors that maany beginners make. Poker Variations explains the various poker formats while poker tells explains one of the crucial weapon of poker, reading poker tells.
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