Not only is PartyPoker the biggest poker room outside of the US, it is arguably the most secure poker room in the world. Their new proprietary software is a major upgrade, with added features such as window "stacking" and hot hand notifications, making it easier than ever to hunt the weak players PartyPoker is known to have in droves. PartyPoker has the best tournament variety and volume you will find, with games available any time of day.
Software & Usability
Historically, PartyPoker's one main drawback was its weak graphics, but the latest update to their proprietary software is much improved. It is detailed, modern, fast with tons of usable new features. First, it now allows you to up to 12 tables at once. The tables are re-sizable, making it much easier to play numerous table at once. Perhaps the best new feature is the cascading or "stacking" windows view, that lets you easily switch between tables without needing 4 monitors set up. The hot-alert hand will notify you when you have a specifically good hand, such as pocket aces, again making it much easier to play multiple tables at once.
Some other features include: four-color decks, quick seat function, comprehensive hand history, customisable sounds, deal-making, statistics and training tables. All in all, the new poker client is significantly better than the old version, and can compete with any other client on the market.
Players can join the party through a number of platforms including Instant Play and downloadable versions as well as a dedicated mobile application compatible with all iOS and Android devices.
With an all around solid game variety, PartyPoker offers all variations of Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, and Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo. Generally there is lots of action on all games, but small and middle limits tend to be concentrated on No-Limit Hold'em. Still, there are always games to be found with No-Limit, Pot-Limit and Fixed-limit games along with Full-table, Short-handed and Heads-up table games all available.
Tournaments & Player Competition
PartyPoker has a tremendous offering of poker tournaments. Every month they have a guaranteed £1 million tournament and each week there is a guaranteed £300,000 tournament. General tournament buy-ins range from £1 to several hundred. The smaller buy-in versions tend to be larger and are much looser. PartyPoker always maintains large quantities of soft players. This makes it manageable for the new player and provides lots of opportunities for the more experienced players. The tournaments, often for huge amounts of money, are especially soft.
PartyPoker is the owner of the World Poker Tour (WPT), meaning they are an incredible source for WPT satellites. PartyPoker has a truly global user base, so there is always lots of action. The peak hours usually run on European time and have up to 10,000 ring-game players and 60,000 tournament players.
Promotions & Bonuses
PartyPoker consistently has lots of promotions, such as numerous redeposit bonuses, starting at 15%. Other promotions include tournament freerolls, cash bonuses and credits to play at their other products, such as PartyCasino.
Along with the software, PartyPoker revamped their "PartyPoints" program. It is now much simpler and more straightforward, without so many qualifiers. Collect the points and use them in the shop, cash them out or use them on the same account at all other products including PartyCasino and PartyBingo. Players with more than 5,000 PartyPoints automatically join the Palladium Club, which assures bigger rewards, exclusive offers and events as well as VIP customer service.
Support & Security
PartyGaming, PartyPoker's parent company, is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange. They are one of, if not the most, secure poker rooms in the world. Their proprietary software is extremely safe and they are most assuredly financially stable.
A major positive for PartyPoker is their 24/7 support. The service representatives actually know what they are talking about and are quite helpful. Email support is better than most sites, but there can be a lag time.