Party Poker
PartyPoker.com
Gibraltar
2001
Windows PC, MAC
$500
YP500
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  • Lots of freerolls.
  • Soft low and mid-stakes games.
  • Very good software and graphics.
  • Huge promotions every month
  • Game variety is lacking for a room this size.
  • Doesn’t accept US players.

Party Poker Review

Party Poker was once the world’s largest online poker room thanks in large part to a huge American customer base. However, their reign at the top took a downturn when the United States imposed the UIGEA in 2006, which convinced Party Poker to pull out of the US market. But this by no means has relegated Party Poker to obscurity because they’ve slowly worked their way back towards the top through lots of freerolls and promotions aimed at new players.

Seeing as how the Party Poker promotions center on new players so much, the lower and mid stakes here are softer than most online poker sites. Plus many inexperienced players are attracted to Party Poker because their in-house pros like Tony G, Kara Scott and Mike Sexton have plenty of name recognition. That said, this is an excellent site for beginning poker players who are hoping to make their online poker transition a smooth one. Of course, as with most poker sites, the fish thin out as you climb closer towards the nosebleeds. But unless you’re a high stakes poker player, this isn’t much of a cause for concern.

In regards to game selection, this is nothing to brag about since you get the usual Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and 7-Card Stud mix that most sites offer. Fortunately, the average amount of poker variants is offset by the large player traffic, which ensures that you’ll be able to find a good cash game/tournament around the clock. This is especially true when speaking of peak European hours, because many Party Poker players are from this continent.

Moving along, the Party Poker software of today is largely improved over the boring version that was offered during its height in the mid-2000’s. The graphics are far more vibrant and glossy, while there are a number of features that enhance the playing experience. Speaking of features, players will find bet sliders, time banks, customizable decks, player statistics, hotkeys, anonymous heads-up tables, fold/show actions, player notes and a hand history re-player. The latter is very helpful because it actually replays hands, rather than giving players a lengthy hand history text to read.