Party Poker Review Continued...
Games and Tournaments
PartyPoker provides a good variety of games for its players, so anyone looking to try something other than the standard Texas Hold’em will be spoilt for choice. There is Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7-Card Stud and 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo, with No Limit, Pot Limit and Limit games across the different variations. The opportunity to play blackjack, roulette and other casino games is just a click away if you fancy a temporary diversion.
The PartyPoker site looks smart enough and navigation is straightforward, but the bland colour scheme does not really fit in with the idea of a party. There are occasional splashes of orange but otherwise there is a washed-out monochrome look with lots of black, white and grey. The same pattern continues when you download the software, enter the lobby and move on to the tables. They are by no means unsightly and are a suitably tidy alternative to many of the iPoker clones, but nevertheless it’s uninspiring.
Functionality and Features
There are several decent features within the lobby for PartyPoker players. Fastforward poker offers something a little different, cutting out the frustrating process of waiting and allowing players to fold if they don’t like their cards so they can instantly skip on to another table. Players can converse with each other through the chat function or view their hand history to find out exactly how a game unfolded and possibly learn for the future.
PartyPoker looks after beginners in a handy poker school which provides useful tips and information for those starting out in the game. There are also advanced theories to help those players looking to up their game and fatten their bankrolls, including advice about implied odds and how to spot certain types of players.
An official blog includes news stories, player profiles and articles on what it is like to be a poker professional. You can also access YouTube to watch clips of past events, such as the winning moment from the inaugural Grand Prix Millions, adding to the sense that this is a poker site of considerable stature.
PartyPoker Bonuses and Promotions
The welcome offer for new players consists of a free £20 to spend on PartyPoker’s Casual Cash games, which is not a bad deal even though there is a requirement that you must earn at least 20 Party Points before withdrawing funds. There is also a refer-a-friend scheme, a Game of the Month promotion and various ‘missions’ which urge you to play certain games in return for rewards, as well as regular chances to play big-money tournaments.
Perhaps PartyPoker’s biggest draw is the special section showcasing Dusk Till Dawn tournaments, having forged a link-up in 2015 with the huge Nottingham-based poker venue, famous for hosting live events such as the Grand Prix Million in December, as well as online tournaments. PartyPoker players therefore have the chance to win huge prizes online, as well as qualify for prestigious offline competitions.
It’s not hard to move on up in PartyPoker’s VIP scheme, which offers cash rewards and weekly loyalty tourneys on Sunday evenings for those who have stuck by the operator. The more points you accrue, the bigger the prize pool for the tourney, with Palladium members duking it out for a cash pool worth $2,000. With 2 loyalty points awarded for every $1 spent on cash tables, you could be moving up to Silver or even Gold status in short order.
Players at PartyPoker can enjoy a good array of games and the link-up with Dusk Till Dawn provides a particularly attractive opportunity to win big prizes or enter grand events. There is a lot of informative content for new players, as well as tips for those who are a bit more experienced, so even though the site may not be the most exciting on the market it is still very solid and well worth checking out.