Party Poker Review

Party Poker is unquestionably one of the largest and safest online poker sites in the world. It’s hard to believe, but Party Poker has now been offering games for over 10 years. In addition to their long-standing reputation, the EU-licensed room is publicly traded in London, so players can be 100% confident that their funds are safe.

Party Poker is very popular with No Limit Hold’em cash game and tournament players, but the site also has healthy traffic at many other games including Pot Limit Omaha and Fixed Limit Hold’em. The site is also home to a truly unique playing experience with Double Hold’em, which allows players to play two Hold’em hands at once. Sit N Go traffic is also quite robust at many tables including No Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Party Poker offers over $10 million a month in guaranteed prize pool tournaments with the premier Sunday tournament being the $200,000 guarantee. Approximately every three months, the $200,000 turns into a $1 million guaranteed event.

Players can play Party Poker on a Windows machine or on a Mac via an internet browser through the “Instant Play” version of the software. Dozens of payment processing options are offered by the site, giving players multiple options regardless of location. Even though the site does not offer traditional rakeback, players signing up through can receive VIP up to 50% through the VIP program. In addition, players signing up through our site can receive $22,000 in special exclusive monthly promotions. Party Poker also offers unique cash-based promotions each month with popular favorites being Gold Rush, Gladiator and World Dominator. All these promotions add up to amazing returns for Party Poker players.

About the Site

Network: Party Gaming
Established: 2001
Jurisdiction: Gibraltar
EU-Licensed (Tax-Free): Yes
US Availability: No
Publicly Traded: Yes, trades on London Stock Exchange
Sponsored Pros: Mike Sexton, TonyG
Website Languages: English, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Finish, Swedish, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian, Italian

Email Contact: Contact form (link:
Live Chat: Yes
Phone: Yes

New Player Information


Exclusive PartyPokerRakeback Promotion: $22,000 in Freerolls – click on this Party Poker Promos link for more information on these great bankroll boosters.

Rewards: Up to 50% VIP
Sign-up Bonus: 100% up to $500

***This Month’s Special***: World Domination

Other Important Attributes

Download Client: Windows
No-Download Version: Yes
Maximum Tables: Unlimited
Game Currencies (?- Games are in the dollar currency):  $
Account Currencies (?- Players can have their accounts in the following currencies):  $, €, £, CAD

Cash Games Offered

Hold’em (NL, PL, FL)
Omaha (PL, FL)
Omaha Hi/Lo (PL, FL)
Stud Hi
Stud Hi/Lo
Double Hold’em (NL, FL)

Types: Bad Beat, No Disconnection Protection, Speed, SuperSpeed, Shallow

Sit N Gos Offered

Hold’em (NL, PL, FL)
Omaha (PL)
Omaha Hi/Lo (PL, FL)
Stud Hi
Stud Hi/Lo

Types:  Speed, Turbo, Double or Nothing

Party Poker Payment Processing

Deposits: Bank Transfer, Bpay, ClickandBuy, Click2pay, Diners Club, DK, EC/ELV, echecks, Electron, Electronic Transfer, Entropay Eurocard, ewire, Giropay, Instadebit, Laser, Maestro, Mastercard, Mistercash, Moneybookers, Money Transfer, Moneta, Mycitadel, MyMonedero, Neteller, Nordea, Paypal, Paysafecard, Poli,Sofurt, Solo, Switch, Ticket Premium, Ukash, Usemybank, Usemyfunds, Visa, Webmoney, wire transfer

Withdrawals: Diners Club, Electronic Transfer, echecks, Entropay, EuroCard, ewire. Instadebit, Laser, Maestro, MasterCard, MonetaMoneybookers, Neteller, Solo, Switch, Visa, Ukash, Webmoney, wire transfer,

Party Poker Bonuses

Party Poker offers players a 100% up to $500 “welcome” bonus when signing up through our site. The bonus is even larger when depositing with a non-dollar currency such as euros or pounds. Bonuses will clear at a rate of 6 Party Points per $1 of bonus, 8 Party Points per € or 9 per £, depending on the currency you choose.

Because 2 Party Points are earned for each $1 of dealt rake or tournament fees (or equivalent currency) each player earns, the bonus will be earned at a 33% rakeback rate. The points earned towards the bonus are also applied to the VIP program and other promotions running at the time – something definitely to keep in mind as you rack up Party Points.

Bonuses will release in $10 increments once 600 Party Points have been earned. To clear the entire bonus, Party Points must be earned within 60 days.

Party Poker also offers frequently reload bonuses to players. Make sure to log-in to the Party Poker software , check your emails or frequently for updates on the latest reload bonuses.

Tournaments and Freerolls


As one of the largest site in existence, Party Poker offers some of the largest guaranteed prize pools for tournament players. Each Sunday — the most popular day of the week to play the tournaments — Party Poker offers players a $200,000 Guaranteed tournament. Players can buy-in to the event directly for $215 or through qualifiers starting at $3. If you have some Party Points lying around you can even choose to use 50 Party Points to qualify for the event. Every three months, Party Poker holds a $1 million guaranteed tournament with a $640 buy-in with qualifiers starting at $1. In addition to millions of dollars a month in guaranteed tournaments, the site is also home to Live Event qualifiers to the world’s largest events including the WSOP, GSOP and the Party Poker-sponsored World Poker Tour.


Party Poker realizes that not every player is keen to put up real money in a tournament. Many players wish to get their feet wet before diving into the regular real money tournaments. That’s why Party Poker offers players up to $100,000 a month in freerolls. To get players started, Party Poker offers the $1,500 New Player freeroll each Saturday, available to a maximum of 5,000 entrants. You can enter the tournament for the first 60 days after your initial deposit. That’s almost $10,000 in freerolls. The site is also home to over a dozen “Country-specific” freerolls available to players in a certain region. Each tournament, with prize pools around $150, will be based on the time when most players can participate.

Party Poker History

Party Poker launched their online poker room in 2001. At the time, there were few online poker rooms in existence, certainly many less than we see today. Paradise Poker had gained an early lead in the online poker traffic rankings, but Party Poker had secured a position as a top tier site as well. Party Poker was given a huge boost in 2003 when the online poker game really started booming. The televised World Poker Tour events were getting huge ratings on the Travel Channel in the United States and Party Poker was right in the middle of it, with aggressive advertising. Soon Party Poker became synonymous with the WPT and Party Poker was THE place to play for their ridiculously soft games and great bonuses, propelling the room to become the number one site in online poker.

Party Poker remained the #1 online poker site until the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in the United States turned the industry upside down. Within a couple weeks, Party Poker had to leave the United States market, and while others such as Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars continued to offer games to U.S. players, Party Poker seemed to have no choice but to join other publicly traded companies in the path to abandoning the market.

In the years since UIGEA, Party Poker has continued to thrive. They are no longer the number one site in terms of traffic, but they also haven’t had to deal with the issues that the large US facing sites have had to encounter. The future of Party Poker has never looked better. In early 2011, they joined forces with bwin to form one of the largest online gambling companies in Europe. The two companies are expected to merge clients sometime in the near future, further cementing the Party Poker brand as one of the best options for the global online poker player.