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Party Poker has a long history in the online poker world, starting out in 1997 and launching a dedicated poker room in 2001. In the mid 2000s it was the pre-eminent poker site on the planet, but a decision to leave the US market saw it surrender that title. It now has a reputation as a great site of recreational players, but not so much for the ‘grinders’.
Currently Party Poker offers an immediate free $20 credit, with $10 to spend on casual cash games and $10 on tournament play. The $10 cash game bonus expires after 40 days.They also offer a 100% matching bonus for deposits up to $1000 which is redeemable though accrual of loyalty points.
There are 11 deposit options available for Australian users of Party Poker. They include the major ones like VISA, Mastercard, Neteller, Skrill, Diners Club as well as Bank Wire Transfer, Entropay, Paysafecard, and Go Play. Party Poker’s withdrawal methods include Neteller, Skrill, Webmoney, Mastercard and Visa are fee free.
Party Poker offers customer service on Live Chat, Email or via phone. There have been some mixed reviews of the quality and speed of customer service, but it is said to be typical of what you get in the online poker/casino world. Party Poker also has a Loyalty Program, which is currently being revamped and is expected to be launched in May 2017.
Party Poker prides itself on the variety of tournament play it offers. Its tournament play is split into divisions for featherweight, middleweight and heavyweight with a variety of buy in options. It also offers a weekly main event tournament on Sundays, as well as High Rollers tournaments. There are also Power Series and Multiphase tournaments. One of its best tournament innovations is the Bootcamp, which offers cheap buy ins (22c to $1.10) for players to build their skills and experience ahead of entering other tournaments.
Party Poker has both an iOS and an Android app, offering full mobile play.