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Online Poker Review: PartyPoker

Launched in 2001, PartyPoker is one of the most established online Poker sites in the world. During the early part of the 2000’s it was the go-to site for both novices and seasoned experts. When the UIGEA act was enforced in 2006, the company pulled out of the American market, and turned their attention to Europe and the rest of the world. Licenced in Malta, PartyPoker is available in 14 different languages and includes a full selection of cash games, tournaments, as well as an online casino and sports betting facilities.

Software and Mobile Support

The site is nothing if not comprehensive. As well as offering a full desktop download, players can enjoy instant-play action with customised avatar designs, easy navigation and the most popular gaming options. The site also has a strong social connection with a dedicated blog and a Poker school where you can learn about the different game types like sit & go’s, cash games and multi-table tournaments.

You can also find a full section on how to play and advanced strategies. For mobile users, they offer both instant play access as well as a dedicated mobile app for iOS and Android Devices. The app can be downloaded directly from the site simply by clicking on the appropriate link.

Welcome Offers and Promotions

When you sign up with PartyPoker, you will instantly be rewarded with $22 in bonus play satellite tickets. This is just the start of the rewards you can look forward to. The site is famously known for their cash-back promotions. Every time you play online Poker you earn 1 point for every $1 of the rake you generate. Earn more than 25 points in a week and you can get up to 40% cash back directly into your account. To add to this, there are both weekly and monthly promotions on cash games and tournaments.

Games and Tournaments

The main focus at PartyPoker is Texas Hold’em, with the bulk of traffic centring around the no-limit Hold’em tables. Most of the information and strategies on the site is focused around this style of play. This is not to say it is the only game available. There is also fixed-limit Hold’em as well as Omaha, which is played in pot-limit format. They also feature fixed-limit 7 Card stud.

There are also a number of multi-table Poker tournaments available. They are all given fight-themed names like Featherweight, middleweight, heavyweight, boot camp, title fight and Main Event. Each has a different buy-in amount with guaranteed prize payouts ranging from $200, 000 to $1 million.

Banking Options

When it comes to banking, the site offers a generous selection of secure online banking facilities. Players in Europe can easily fund their account by debit card, credit card, bank transfer, web-wallet, instant banking payment or prepaid card. Almost all of the deposits are free and instantly processed while withdrawals can take up to 5 days depending on the method used. The most popular banking methods include Visa, MasterCard, Skrill, Neteller, Bank Transfer, Diner’s Club, InstaDebit, PayPal, EcoPayz and EntroPay.

Security and Support

As one of the largest online Poker sites in Europe, PartyPoker is committed to providing a secure and fair gaming environment. The download software, desktop site and mobile platform is fully secured using the latest SSL digital encryption technology. If you run into any issues, the customer support team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to sort out any problems. You can contact them through their on-site live chat facility, by email or directly on the telephone.