PartyPoker has been one of the major players since the start of online poker in the late 90’s. TV commercials has played a big part in their marketing strategy and today the well known “Party Platform” consists of casino, backgammon, bingo and sportsbook in addition to poker. One of the advantages of PartyPoker is its popularity which allows for many tournaments and various campaigns throughout the year.
PartyPoker has a different way of displaying their multi-table tournaments. They are divided with three different filters judging by “Game name”, “Format” and “Game”. As of late 2009 the “Game names” were regular tournaments, qualifiers, events, Freeroll tournaments and special tournaments. “Formats” were regular tournaments, shootout tournaments, rebuy tournaments, speed tournaments, heads up tournaments and bounty tournaments, and “Games” were Hold’em, Omaha and 7 Stud.
As expected, the tournament calendar is full of regular Hold’em tournaments. Multi-table tournaments where the game played is Omaha or Omaha Hi-Lo are not hard to find either, while 7 Stud is a rather rare commodity as expected, especially during the slow periods of the day. Tournament peak time seems to be around from 12-18 ET.
In addition to regular formats and game names, rebuys and satellites are especially well represented, with the rest of the tournaments spread more or less evenly out between shootout tournaments, bounty tournaments, qualifying tournaments, speed tournaments and heads up tournaments as qualifiers, events and freerolls.
The PartyPoker rake goes well below 10% already at tournaments in the $150 category. All real money play is rewarded with PartyPoints, and as you earn points you will be placed in key levels. The more PartyPoints you collect, the higher your key level and the more value you can unlock from the store. Once you reach the key level, Palladium Elite, you can buy bonuses which give you up to $20 back for every 100 points which equals just about 40% of rakeback.
Final table deal making is possible, and you can upload your own image at the table. The time bank seems somewhat faster than what is normal on average. 30% bonus is offered upon your first deposit, which can be made with 11 different methods and with the live assistance of a customer service agent should you require one. Tournaments have synchronized breaks.
PartyPoker also gives you the option to save some regular tournaments as your favourite, so that you are reminded every time one of these tournaments is about to begin. This is something we have not seen in other poker rooms.
Party Poker is licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar, and their games are tested by iTech Labs. American players are not accepted, but tax free winnings are offered within the EU.