SIGN UP BONUS 8/10
Licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar, Party Poker is one of the best places to play online poker.
PartyGaming was founded in 1997 by Ruth Parasol as a network of gambling sites and in 2001, Party Poker was launched.
The primary shareholders of Party Poker were Ruth Parasol, Anurag Dikshit, Vikrant Bhargava and Russ DeLeon.
In June 2005 the shareholders sold 23% of their combined shares and took Party Poker public on the London Stock Exchange.
When Party Poker was listed, the initial share price was 116p and the company was valued at $8.5 Billion AUD. Within the first month, the value of the company exceeded $12 Billion, more than British Airways at the time!
The rise of Party Poker in the early days was met with a dramatic decline in business when in late 2006 the U.S. Congress passed a law making it illegal for financial institutions to take any type of transactions from interactive gambling companies such as Party Poker.
Due to this law, Party Poker suspended offering real money games to their US players and as such their publicly traded stock price dropped 60% in 24 hours.
It was rumoured that the US market made up over 80% of the liquidity of Party Poker at the time, and pulling out of the US market was a massive decision for the company.
Post 2006 however, Party Poker has made some strong inroads into the online poker world by continuing to innovate and offer their customers a first class interactive gambling product.
In 2009, PartyGaming acquired the World Poker Tour and as such they now own one of the strongest offline poker brands in the market.
In March 2011 PartyGaming merged with online sports betting juggernaut bwin creating a new super online giant that is now known as bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Plc.
Bwin.Party is now the worlds largest publicly traded online gambling firm.
When looking for a place to play online poker, Party Poker is one place you simply cannot go past.
SOFTWARE – 8/10 Miller’s Guide rates the software at Party Poker as a very strong 8/10.
Party Poker has a unique poker playing platform that allows users to easily navigate the digital space and play online poker with ease.
One of the best reasons to play online poker at Party Poker is because they offer a very solid Instant Play platform.
This allows players to play at any time, from anywhere on any platform, both PC or MAC. With the Party Poker Instant Play, there is no need to download a poker client, all you need to do it open up a browser and away you go.
This innovative software is one of the reasons Miller’s Guide rates the Party Poker software so highly, and is a great way for players to play online poker no matter where they are, either at home, in the office or on the go.
LIQUIDITY – 7/10 Since leaving the US market in 2006 Party Poker has lost a massive amount of it’s liquidity.
This loss of players however has since been rectified by a massive push from Party Poker in all other markets outside of the US and as such, they have managed to grab a substantial amount of market share from other online operators, and now their player liquidity is some of the best in the market.
Bwin.Party are not only a stand alone site but also a network of sites, offering their poker client on a number of skins.
This means that the liquidity of the company is very solid, and you will always find a game and limit that suits you.
SIGN UP BONUS – 8/10 Party Poker offers new players one of the best sign up bonuses available.
New players can earn a 100% up to $500. Simply create a new Party Poker account and when you make your first deposit, Party Poker will match it 100% up to $500.
This bonus cash can be unlocked by simply playing in real money games online at PartyPoker.
Bonuses are unlocked at Party Poker by earning Party Points.
These points can be earned by a variety of ways when playing on Party Poker, as Party offers more than just poker to it’s customers, and there are a plethora of betting options available at Party.
For poker however, players earn two Party Points for every $1 in contributed rake.
DEPOSITS/CASHOUTS – 8/10 Party Poker has been around for a long time, and as such they understand the importance of easy deposits and cash outs.
As such, Miller’s Guide has given Party Poker a very solid rating of 8/10 for Deposits/Cashouts.
Below are the list of options available to Party Poker customers:
Visa Mastercard American Express Diners Card Instadebit POLI Bpay – Biller Code 15958 Switch Debit Card Solo Debit Card Maestro Debit Card PayPal Neteller Moneybookers Ukash Paysafe Card Entro Pay Western Union Quick Pay Use My Funds My Citadel Wallet Click and Buy Instant Banking Bank Transfer Bank Wire Players on Party Poker will be glad to know that getting your money off the site is a very simple process, and one that Party Poker takes very seriously.
The most used method for cash outs from Party Poker is via Bank Transfer.
This method normally takes 1-4 business days, and the money is transferred directly into your personal account.
Alternatively, players can request cashouts/withdrawals directly into their e-wallet providers which in most cases is an instant process, or can take no longer than 24-48 hours.
Finally, another cash out option for online poker players playing at Party Poker is via Bank Cheque. Cheques normally take between 7-10 business days to arrive, and clear in about 3-5 working days.
SUPPORT – 8/10 Support at Party Poker is world class all the way. With all forms of contact available for users, there is rarely any issues that customers can’t solve in a matter of minutes, not days compared to some online sites.
Party Poker offers email, live online chat and phone support. General Customer Support Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org Live Online Chat https://chat.corp.partygaming.com/CONAV/chat/chat.jsp?cache=1313813991023 Phone Support Australia – Toll-Free Number : 0011-800-7278-9100 International – +350-20-050-509.
PROMOTIONS – 9/10 With over 10 years in the business, Party Poker knows how to offer promotions to it’s customers.
Every month there are new and exciting promotions for players online at Party Poker, and with the acquisition of the WPT last year, Party Poker now offers it’s players more ways to participate in large offline events than ever before.
While the promotions at Party Poker are constantly changing month in month out, some promotions are always available at Party, and these are some of them. $200K Guaranteed Sunday Every Sunday at 13:30ET. Party Poker hosts a $215 USD Buy-In multi-table online poker tournament that features a massive $200,000 guaranteed prize pool.
This is an event that every serious player from around the world quite simply does’t miss, and if you are looking for life changing money each week, then this is the place to find it.
Party Poker runs smaller buy-in satellites around the clock and players can register for these for as little as $3 or 50 Party Points.
Bad Beat Jackpot Sometimes we get hit with the wrong end of the deck. To combat this, Party Poker have a Bad Beat Jackpot. Party Poker hosts a number of special Bad Beat Jackpot tables in their client, and at each of these tables, 50 cents from every pot is raked towards building the Bad Beat Jackpot.
The jackpot is won when any player at these special tables loses with four of a kind 8’s or better. With multiple tables running around the clock, it is not unusual to see the Bad Beat Jackpot grow in excess of $100,000.
Steps Challenge One of the most innovative tournament formats to ever come into the world of online poker are Steps Tournaments.
These tournaments are single table with 10 players, and they start off at the very bottom which is called Step 1 which has a buy-in of $3.
There are six levels to the Step Tournaments ranging from Step 1 all the way to Step 6. The payouts in each step vary, but the goal is to eventually get to Step 6 where the big bucks await those eager to cash in.
Step 1 – $3
Step 2 – $10
Step 3 – $30
Step 4 – $70
Step 5 – $170
Step 6 – $500
Payouts – Progress in Step Tournaments:
Step 1: Finish 1st or 2nd=Advance to Step 2 3rd or 4th=Try Step 1 again 5th – 10th=Drop out.
Step 2: Finish 1st or 2nd=Advance to Step 3 3rd or 4th=Try Step 2 again 5th-7th=Try Step 1 again 8th-10th=Drop out.
Step 3: Finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd=Advance to Step 4 4th=Try Step 3 again 5th-7th=Try Step 2 again 8th-10th=Drop out.
Step 4: Finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd=Advance to Step 5 4th=Try Step 4 again 5th=Try Step 3 again 6th or 7th=Try Step 2 again 8th-10th=Drop out.
Step 5: Finish 1st or 2nd=Advance to Step 6 3rd or 4th=Try Step 5 again 5th or 6th=Try Step 4 again 7th or 8th=Try Step 3 again 9th or 10th=Drop out.
Step 6: 1st=$2000 2nd=$1000 3rd=$700 4th=$500 5th=$500 6th-10th=Drop out.