This week we start a new review series where we take a look at some of the best online poker rooms for Australian, New Zealand and Asia Pacific players. The rooms offer some great deposit bonuses, reliable and quality software, good traffic, regular freerolls, and comprehensive tournament schedules.
Most of these online poker rooms come with exclusive PokerNetwork promotions, including generous deposit bonuses and freerolls to major live tournaments worldwide.
The subject of today’s review, Party Poker, wants you to win a seat in the biggest poker event of the year – the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, and they are going satellite crazy this year in order to give you the best possible chance to win your seat in the WSOP Main Event.
Party Poker is offering three US$12,000 World Series of Poker packages in the first two weeks of May in two freeroll tournaments exclusive to PokerNetwork. More on that later, but first about the room.
Before withdrawing from the US market Party Poker was the biggest online poker room around. Even without the massive US player base Party Poker is still one of the most visited online poker rooms by player traffic.
The fact that Party Poker moved out of the US market, meant that they had to go the extra mile to entice and keep their European and Australasian customers happy. They have been successful in doing so and still hold a good market share.
They have maintained their players by providing them with excellent and stable software, a good range of games and stakes, a wide tournament schedule, and maintaining a reputation for being one of the best in the industry when it comes to customer service.
The Party Poker software is one of the best currently available. It has a simplistic design that enables the software to run seamlessly on low end machines, and enables players to play a large volume of tables without lagging or disconnection problems.
With the recent overhaul of the poker client the software now contains more options to assist multi-tablers, along with customisable avatars (that very few sites allow), and a fast find option to enable players to find their favourite games faster.
One of the unique features of the software is an automated deal making option. This feature enables players to officially organise deals or chops based on chip counts in the late stages of major tournaments. The feature then proposes the deal customised by a player, to each of the other players on the table who then have the option to accept or decline the proposed chop. If a deal is accepted by all players, the software then automatically alters the official pay out structure to pay out as per the agreed deal.
Party Poker have also led the way in providing options for users of non-PC compatible platforms, with versions of the software specifically designed to run on Mac and Linux systems.
With good traffic numbers the room always has a wide range of tables and stake options available in cash games. The cash games start as small as $0.02/$0.04 fixed limit to games as high as $100/$200 fixed limit or $25/$50 NL. These tend to be more then high enough for the vast majority of players.
Tournament players have a good range of both “sit and go” (SNG) or multi-table tournament (MTT) options available to them. Party Poker spreads an excellent range of guaranteed tournament action, much to the delight of many tournament junkies who have Party Poker as a regular fixture in their morning tournament line-up.
SNG buy-ins range from $3 to $530 and Party Poker’s guaranteed tournaments are headlined by their monthly million dollar guaranteed tournament (First Monday morning Australian time of every month), and their weekly $300,000 guaranteed (Mondays) as well as their $30,000 guaranteed daily tournaments (Tuesday-Friday).
Even though Party Poker’s major player base is European they still have high player traffic during peak Australian playing times, and their tournament schedule still has many excellent options with good prize pools available to recreational players who don’t like to get out of bed at 4am Australian time to play big prize pool tournaments.
In 2009 Party Poker is looking to send a massive team of online qualifiers to the World Series of Poker. They’ve also guaranteed that every Party Poker qualifier will receive a cash prize at the conclusion of the WSOP, as part of their “Everyone’s a Winner” leaderboard promotion. World Series of Poker satellites start for a little as $3.
With PokerNetwork’s excellent range of Party Poker related promotions there is no better time to join than now. Starting in May, PokerNetwork will be giving away three WSOP packages exclusively to members in two fantastic freerolls.
Better still every player who joins Party Poker using PokerNetwork’s bonus code is eligible for a 100% up to $500 first deposit bonus. Download Party Poker today and join the party!
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