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Part of the massive gaming conglomerate bwin. party entertainment plc, Party Poker is a well known brand and a fantastic all-round poker site with loads of great features, a whole lot of style and some fantastic bonuses and promotions.
While Party Poker have flirted with different bonuses in the past and have occasionally varied it, their standard $500 welcome bonus is great for all poker players or those who want to get a good feel for the site before upping the ante. You must deposit a minimum of $10 to activate the bonus and it is released in 10 bite-sized chunks, with a dollar of bonus money being released for every eight points you earn playing poker (you get two points for every dollar you spend in tournament fees and table charges).
So while the bonus isn’t the biggest you will come across in the world of online poker, the restrictions are not too bad compared to many and it gives you a decent chance of checking out what Party Poker has to offer before throwing in loads of your own money. You have 120 days in which to release as much of the bonus as you can, but that’s plenty of time given the vast number of games and tournaments to be found at the recently rebranded site.
New players will also be given a free entry to a Cash Booster game that has a cool $5,000 to be won. Use the code BOOSTER when making your first deposit to get in on the action.
As part of the rebrand, Party Poker introduced a system of Achievements and Missions that aimed to improve engagement amongst players and to promote a more social aspect to the site. Achievements are marketed as “personal milestones” and when you do certain things on Party Poker you are awarded badges that will be displayed on your profile.
Unlike the Boy Scouts, though, you really don’t have to do much to gain the badges, which are split into three categories: Collectables, Milestones and Highlights. You might get a Collectable badge for hitting a certain hand (a paid of kings gives you the Cowboys Achievement, for instance), while you get your Poker Career I Milestone when you play your first hand of poker and a Highlight badge when hitting a big win. Apart from the kudos of displaying your badges, Achievements are perhaps a little gimmicky in all honesty, though at certain times promotions will be linked to certain Achievements, so it’s always worth watching out for that. Missions, on the other hand, tend to actually win you stuff. Whether bonus loyalty points, cash, tournament tickets or prizes, Missions are definitely worth taking on.
As mentioned above, you will earn two loyalty points for ever $1 you spend in poker tournament fees and table charges. You start at the bronze level but can rise to silver if you earn 400 points in a month and gold if you bag 1,000 points. The top level (palladium) is reached by accruing 9,000 points in a calendar quarter, and various rewards and bonuses are available to players depending on the level they achieve. Obviously the higher up the loyalty ladder you get, the bigger and better the rewards.
The new clean look and social focus gives players a fresh approach to the lobby and general interface, but the tables and games themselves have not really changed and are as crisp and easy on the eye as they always were.
As well as heaps of No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments, you will also find other variations including Limit Hold’em, Pot-limit Hold’em, Pot-limit Omaha and Pot-limit Omaha Hi-Lo. The absence of some of the other popular variations (such as Seven Card Stud) will disappoint some, but there is a chance more will be added further down the line.
Tournaments come in various shapes and sizes from the Sit and Go tournaments of one or a few tables to the sometimes massive Multi-table tournaments in which the tables are “collapsed” until there is just a single table left. There are also Shootout tournaments in which each table is like a mini-tournament in which you play until there are three players left, who then move onto a new table for the next round.
Overall Party Poker is a great poker option for those who want an easy-to-use site with some decent promotions and more of a social aspect than you will find elsewhere, so give them a try today and see if you like what you find.
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