There was a time, back in the early 2000s, when Party Poker was literally where it was at for online poker.
Thanks to some amazing promotions, huge tournaments (Party Poker Millions) and great commercials, Party Poker quickly rose to become the #1 poker site both in the US and around the world.
Then came the UIGEA in 2006, bogusly tacked on to a Port Security bill, and Party Poker was gone from America. As a publicly traded company they couldn't take the risk of the legal gray area poker was now in, and had to settle for a much smaller slice of the global poker pie.
As it turned out, Party Poker made the right choice. The companies that remained in the US were indicted in 2011 and only just recently have all player funds been returned to their rightful owners.
Now that the dust has clear, though, party poker is once again surging back up to the top of the online poker game - both international and in the USA.
Why Play at Party Poker?
- Up to 40% cash back every week!
- New streamlined, intuitive software with Quick-Seat functionality
- Great new promotions -- especially instant sign-up bonuses
- Available for OSX, Windows and Android with a nice new mobile app
- Great game innovations like Fast Forward Poker, Jackpot SnGs and Progressive Knockouts
- Amazing new tournament schedule online including Power Series and Sunday Majors
- Fantastic new partypoker Live tour with low buy-in online satellites and Party Poker Millions
- Very generous player rewards system with easy-to-complete “missions” and more
Party Poker Back on Road to Glory
Over the last few years partypoker (now lowercase) has revamped nearly every part of its software client and business model.
The new partypoker is a lean, mean, poker machine. The software is fast, accessible and much easier to play than some other sites thanks to an intuitive lobby and quick-start menu.
Once you’re playing you’ll have access to a very good selection of No-Limit Hold’em and PLO although you won’t have much in Seven-Card Stud, PLO8 or more obscure games. partypoker doesn’t have quite as many options when it comes to game variety as some of its competitors but that’s what helps keep it so accessible.
As with many modern poker sites partypoker has put more of an emphasis on recreational poker players, which is great for players just starting out. Once you load up partypoker for the first time you’ll have access to:
- Instant welcome cash ($25 FREE No Deposit)
- Very achievable “Get Started Missions”
The partypoker Rewards Program is solid, too, with - a rarity in the industry as of 2017 - up to 40% cash back deposited back into your account every week!
The booming partypoker LIVE series, run by former EPT founder John Duthie, offers new partypoker Millions and partypoker National events held in amazing locales around the world.
It's another sign of big things to come again for the former #1 brand.
Party Poker NJ
One other thing: Party Poker is one of the few online poker sites that has now successfully returned to the USA.
partypoker returned to the USA in 2014 when it opened up a New Jersey-facing site. That’s only the beginning, however, and partypoker would be welcomed back to many US states once legislation is implemented.
If you live in New Jersey or are visiting the state, the incentives to open a new partypoker NJ account are numerous:
- Easiest bonus to clear in New Jersey
- Deposit match bonus up to $1,000
- Fast Forward Poker (moved to a new table with new hand as soon as you fold)
- Sunday $40K Guaranteed and $10K Daily Guaranteed
- $15,000 GTD Mega Tuesday 500
You also get $25 FREE just for signing up, paid out as follows:
- $10 Free for Poker Cash Tables and fastforward
- $10 Free for Casino Games and Jackpot Slots
- $5 Free for Big Money Tournaments
The full up to $1,000 deposit bonus is paid into your account in 10 equal parts as you play and collect points. Partypoker NJ players can also take advantage of:
- 10% cash back every Saturday
- Personalized reload bonus codes sent to your account every week
- Instant click cards with prizes every Sunday
- Six-Max Sit & Go Leaderboard with $2,000 in weekly prizes
Party Poker EU
Thanks to new EU legislation the formerly segregated player pools of France, Spain and Italy are now able to be combined to boost prize pools and liquidity. Party Poker's license to do so has been approved and it has now launched the partypoker.eu platform where players from France and Spain can play together for the first time.
That means the French MTT (Multi-table Tournament) roster has doubled and Spanish players can now enjoy the thrill of MTT poker. Partypoker.eu now guarantees over €1,000,000 (€600,000 in Progressive Knockouts) every week with buy-ins from €0.55 to €250.
Party Poker Software Download
partypoker used to have some pretty clunky software despite its enviable position as the biggest online poker site in the world. While it can no longer claim the most poker traffic online, the software has improved immeasurably.
The new software is snappy, easy-to-use and available for a variety of devices including Windows-based computers, OSX-running Macs and iPhone and Android on the mobile front.
A recent redesign also added some very slick-looking darker tables, improved game navigation and collapsable filters. partypoker also updated its ultra popular Sit & Go Hero lobby.
In terms of games partypoker offers No-Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, PLO, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven-Card Stud. As is the case with most online poker sites it can be difficult to find a game in the lesser-played variants such as Seven-Card Stud or Omaha Hi-Lo.
Party Poker Fast-Fold Poker
partypoker also has FastForward Poker, which is a version of the fast-fold games that are all the rage these days. In FastForward Poker you can fold your hand and instantly get a new one at an entirely new table. FastForward Poker is excellent for anyone that finds a standard game of poker a bit too slow.
In terms of features partypoker offers almost everything you’d expect from a top-tier site including extensive multi-tabling options, four-color decks and more. It’s purely aesthetic but we like how the partypoker tables and cards look as well.
Instead of the classic look the site offers a very modern-looking deck of cards and floating table. One thing you won’t find on partypoker is any complicated 3D tables or avatars. It’s pure poker with no distractions.
Party Poker Mobile App
partypoker has you covered for mobile devices whether you’re using iOS or Android. The mobile software works on iPhone, iPad and a plethora of Android smart phones and tablets.
The package itself is simple but gets the job done and you’ll instantly have access to cash games, FastForward Poker and a variety of Sit & Go’s. FastForward Poker works really well on mobile because you can still play a lot of hands on just one table thanks to the fast-paced nature of the game.
Another great aspect is that you can still complete all your Missions or Challenges while playing on the mobile client. One word of warning: The mobile partypoker app is limited to just No-Limit Hold’em. That means you won’t find any Pot-Limit Omaha or Seven-Card Stud.
It’s not exactly unheard of for online poker apps to be somewhat limited in terms of games offered (partially because of the smaller screen) but quite a few will at least have Pot-Limit Omaha.
Party Poker Traffic
partypoker is back to a Top 5 poker site in terms of worldwide traffic and growing again. While not exactly the heights of its glory days of the early 2000s partypoker still packs in a considerable amount of players on its virtual tables.
As with most mid-range poker sites you’ll find a ton of micro- to small-stakes games but it can be tougher if you want to play something a bit bigger. Fortunately there’s plenty to keep you occupied on the lower end.
If you play on Party Poker NJ then you’ll be limited to only playing against fellow US-based players (there's a shared player pool with Nevada and Delaware as well with more states to come) which obviously limits the number of games available.
Party Poker Tournaments
partypoker really shines when it comes to tournaments and the site offers big online series on the regular.
One of the most popular tournament series on partypoker is the Power Series, which is based roughly on boxing with featherweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions according to your buy-in level.
The Power Series offers 257 separate tournaments with $2.2 million in guarantees every week. If you’re into really big tournaments the Power Series Main Event will be right up your alley. It takes place every Sunday with a massive $150,000 GTD.
There’s also the even bigger PowerFest series that runs every now and then with a gigantic $5m guarantee over nearly 100 events.
Of course partypoker isn’t just high-stakes multi-table tournaments. There are still tons of small-stakes MTTs and Sit & Go’s to play.
Party Poker Live on the Rise
Satellites to win packages to the new partypoker Live events, headlined by the partypoker Million, are also great value. Low buy-in satellites for a penny can get you rolling into bigger events that can earn you full packages to play the bigger buy-in events.
Among the new partypoker Live stops you can look forward to buying in straight or winning all-inclusive packages to:
- Party Poker Millions Live Russia
- Party Poker Millions Live UK
- Party Poker Millions Live North America
- Party Poker Millions Live World
- Caribbean Poker Party (Punta Cana)
- Party Poker Live Barcelona
- Grand Prix Germany
- Sochi Poker Festival
- Grand Prix Dublin
- WSOP Russia
- WSOP Brazil
- Las Vegas Poker Party
Day 1s for all the major events are also available online before they move to live locations like Dusk Till Dawn card room in Nottingham or the Playground Poker Club in Montreal for Day 2 and beyond.
Party Poker Soft Competition
partypoker has always been one of the softer sites to play poker on and it remains so to this day. Although you probably won’t run into the ridiculously easy games that ran in the early 2000s, there are still some great spots to be had.
The site has always been all about attracting casual players and you’ll still find quite a few, partially thanks to its casino and sportsbetting offerings. Quite often someone will have a big casino score and try their hand at poker. These are the games you want to be in.
As with any poker site competition tends to become quite a bit harder in the medium-stakes games. You can still find a weak player or two but you’re going to have to be more careful. If you’re looking to improve your game than you’ll find some extremely skilled players in the high-stakes games.
Party Poker Promos and Freerolls
partypoker has aggressively recruited new players for the past few years and there’s some tremendous value for such players as a result. Once you sign up for an account you’ll be greeted with:
- Sizeable sign-up bonus (depending on which site you use to sign up - up to $500)
- Package of tournament tickets and/or freeroll entries
- Get Started Missions
partypoker Missions are simple challenges like “Win a Hand With Pocket Fives” or “Play Three Sit & Go’s in Three Days.” They aren’t too hard to complete and you’ll be rewarded with cold, hard cash directly in your account.
It’s actually pretty fun to play the various missions as you get to mix up your play a bit. Finally partypoker has a small but growing number of freerolls that you can play with zero risk to your bankroll. It’s a great way to get started on the site.
Party Poker Rewards Program
One of the best things about the partypoker VIP program is just how simple it is compared to the very complicated ones on competitors’ sites.
Here’s how it works: You earn points by playing real-money poker cash games or tournaments. Once you've earned a minimum of 25 points, you qualify for rakeback, which is a portion of the rake you've paid paid back to you every Monday.
Casual players can expect about 20% rakeback but more regular grinders can get up to 40% for a lot of action.
Party Poker Deposit and Withdrawal Options
As Party Poker is officially licensed and regulate din every market it operates in players have a litany of deposit and withdrawal options at their disposal. It depends on where you live in the world but your deposit and withdrawal options include:
- Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard)
- Pre-paid debit/credit cards (Visa Electron, Maestro)
- Local debit cards
- eWallets (Neteller, Skrill)
- Bank transfer
If you live in New Jersey you have a similar plethora of options including paying in live at the Borgata Casino (party poker NJ's online partner). See the image above for all of your options. Just click the Free Download button below to get started!
- No Download Version
- Player Volume Peak
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