partypoker: Action-Packed MTTs, Big Bonusing—and WPT Online
One of the most enduring online poker brands—and a pioneer of the New Jersey online market—partypoker.com offers an easy-to-navigate, easy-to-play, 24/7 poker party, with perks galore for loyal players. Now’s the time to get on board, with the WPT Online Championships starting July 17.
Party Gaming’s partypoker brand first launched in the U.S. way back in 2001, and soon was the most popular online product among stateside players, with hundreds of tables running at any given hour.
Its rise was interrupted by the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which made it illegal to process internet wagers. On “Black Friday”—April 15, 2011—brands that didn’t vamoose under threat of UIGEA (think PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker) ended up in a legal wrangle with the U.S. government, and eventually were ejected from the market.
partypoker returned to the U.S. in 2013 under a partnership with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and BetMGM.com, and is now available for real-money play in New Jersey only, though other regulated markets are likely in its future. All three sites offer the same cash game tables and tournaments, but differ in their bonuses, promotions and rakeback.
BorgataPoker and partypoker share a player pool, which means packed tables and solid traffic in the online rooms. Both partypoker and Borgata let players have accounts on each site, to leverage the promotional value of both. partypoker’s multi-table tournaments (MTTs) have been known to draw more players than WSOP and PokerStars, and the cash tables are known to be loose too.
- No Limit Texas Hold ’em
- Fixed Limit Texas Hold ’em
- Pot Limit Omaha
- Seven Card Stud
The emphasis is on No Limit Hold ’em and Pot Limit Omaha. No Limit Hold ’em games dominate the Sit-n-Go’s, with Pot Limit Omaha usually run at lower stakes. Most of the site’s MTTs games are No Limit Texas Hold ’em, though you’ll also find Pot Limit Omaha and Seven Card Stud.
partypoker also gives you access to an amazing casino and sports betting line-up too with PartyPokerCasino.com and PartyPokerSports.com.
New Player Bonus
When you sign up to play at partypoker.com—after filling out the requisite forms, including a geolocation plug-in, to prove you’re in the Garden State—you’ll get a nice welcome package: $25, with no deposit necessary, including $10 for cash games and fast-fold games; $10 for casino games and jackpot slots, and $5 for big money tournaments. You’ll also be in line for a 100% first-deposit match up to $1,000.
partypoker has a simple volume-based, tiered loyalty program: you play poker to rack up points, which raises your loyalty level, then exchange those points for cash, tournament tickets and comps.
At partypoker, you’ll earn 2 points for every $1 paid in rake or tournament fees. The rewards program has 4 tiers:
- Bronze: 0 points per month. Max rakeback: 6.7%, $5 in tourney tickets
- Silver: 50 points. Max rakeback: 15.4%, $215 in tourney tickets
- Gold: 750 points. Max rakeback: 20.5%, $215 in tourney tickets, up to $200 in cash rewards
- Palladium: 2,000 points. Max rakeback: 30.7%, $215 in tourney tickets, $500 in cash rewards
In other words, pay $1,000 in rake or fees, and you’ll get 30.7 percent rakeback, a generous perk in anyone’s book.
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Summing It Up
partypoker can’t be beat for its no-deposit bonus, great recurring promotions, and tons of tournament action, plus casino and sportsbook fun too.
Time to Buy In
The World Poker Tour and PartyPoker are raising the stakes once more this summer. The WPT World Online Championships will take place from July 17 to September 8, and features $100 million guaranteed across the festival.
Five players will join the WPT Champions Club through five WPT Main Tour Online Championship events. Four of these events feature a $3,200 buy-in and a $3 million guarantee, and will play across the 8-Max, 6-Max, Mix-Max, and Knockout formats.
The $10,300 buy-in WPT World Championship Online Main Event highlights the series with a $10 million guarantee. Players can qualify for this event with satellites starting at $4.40 all the way up to the $1,050 buy-in Sunday Final. In addition, players are eligible to use their partypoker LIVE Passport to enter the World Championship Online Main Event and wave the $300 registration fee.
The WPT World Online Championship Main Event starts on August 29 with the first of two Day 1 flights and will play to a winner on September 2.
All five of the WPT Main Tour Online Championship events will include a $15,000 seat to the Season XVIII WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal.
The WPT World Online Championships features a diversity of events ranging in buy-ins from $33 up to $102,000, and includes satellites for all events.
The series includes 12 championship events across the Micro, Mini, and Main categories. As part of the 12 championship events, forms of poker will include:
- Pot Limit Omaha
- Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
- Heads Up
There will be at least one Micro championship and Mini championship event for each respective format.
A full schedule for the WPT World Online Championships will be announced soon. For more information about the World Poker Tour, visit WPT.com.
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