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PartyPoker Unleashes Card Rush Instant Win Promotion - 5th April 2011

PartyPoker, the world’s third largest online poker room, is offering up 1.8 million prize cards as part of its Card Rush Instant Win promotion in April. The promotion will run through April 30th or until the prize cards are given away and offers numerous chances to earn extra cash by playing on the site this month.

You can obtain a Card Rush card simply by playing in a real money game on PartyPoker and earning points. The first card will cost five points and subsequent cards will cost 15 points. Players may obtain up to 50 cards per day, but the promotion will end when all 1.8 million are assigned.

Each card will instantly give players a monetary prize between $1 and $5,000, a points prize up to 25,000, or entry into a freeroll. The freerolls will run on the following days:

Card Rush $2,000 Freeroll – May 5th at 1:00pm ET
Card Rush $15,000 Freeroll – May 5th at 2:30pm ET
Card Rush $3,000 Freeroll – May 6th at 1:00pm ET
Card Rush $10,000 Freeroll – May 6th at 2:30pm ET
Card Rush $5,000 Freeroll – May 7th at 1:00pm ET
Card Rush $7,000 Freeroll – May 7th at 2:30pm ET
Card Rush $20,000 Freeroll – May 8th at 1:00pm ET

Players can also earn cash in the Card Rush Race, a leaderboard that will pay the top 200 point-earners a minimum of $100. Points will be awarded as part of the Card Rush promotion ranging from one to 20 points per card. The more points a player earns, the more money they’ll receive. Here’s a look at the payouts:

1st place – $9,000
2nd place – $7,000
3rd place – $5,250
4th place – $4,000
5th place – $3,500
6th place – $3,000
7th place – $2,500
8th place – $2,000
9th place – $1,500
10th place – $1,000
11th-18th places – $800
19th-30th places – $700
31st-45th places – $600
46th-60th places – $500
61st-75th places – $400
76th-100th places – $300
101st-125th places – $200
126th-150th places – $150
151st-200th places – $50

In addition, every 20th spot from 220 to 2,000 will earn a Hot Spot prize of $50.

PartyPoker is also running daily qualifiers to the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. Qualifiers are running now until June 19th, with satellites available for as little as $2. Each $14,000 package includes the $10,000 Main Event buy-in, travel and eight days’ hotel accommodations, and $2,000 spending money.

There are also special qualifiers exclusively for first-time depositors. Every month, new players can enter an exclusive freeroll to win one of 10 seats, each worth $750, in the WSOP weekly satellite.

PartyGaming, which owns and operates PartyPoker, recently merged with bwin to form the largest gambling group in the world. With the merger, Party Gaming hopes to even the playing field in the online poker arena as it positions itself to re-enter the U.S. market.

The new company also hopes the merge will expand the PartyPoker brand in Europe. bwin previously resided on the Ongame Network, but now combines its client base with PartyPoker to create the third largest online poker room in the world. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

 

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PartyPoker Reviving Million Dollar Hand in January - 22nd December 2010

In January, PartyPoker will be bringing back one of its most popular promotions ever, the Million Dollar Hand. All you have to do is make a pair in a five-card poker hand to be awarded a prize, and a $1 million jackpot is on the line.

Accumulating cards is quite simple. You’ll get one for every 15 PartyPoints you rack up between January 5th and January 30th. When you’ve amassed five cards, you’ll have a hand. If it contains a pair, then $3 will be coming your way. If it contains two pair, then your prize will be upped to $10. If you manage to score three of a kind, then you’ll get a $20 cash prize. That’s pretty simple, right?

Players who land a straight in the Million Dollar Hand will take home $50, while those who pick up a flush will see $100 come their way. Players who make a boat will get $150, while anyone who hits quads will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Now, we’re into the big money, as straight flushes are worth $10,000. Finally, anyone who manages to score a Royal Flush will divide a $1 million prize pool, which means if two players hit it, each person will actually take home $500,000. If only one person makes a Royal Flush, they’ll take home the seven-figure jackpot.

The best part about the Million Dollar Hand is that PartyPoker is awarding every player his or her first card for free. No play is required! Just log into your PartyPoker account to see what your first card is.

Now, let’s review some of the terms and conditions of the PartyPoker Million Dollar Hand. First, you’ll only be able to acquire 10 cards per day for a total of two five-card poker hands. Second, if you fall short of 15 points, PartyPoker will carry them over to the next day. Third, you have to reveal your cards manually. In order to do so, log into your PartyPoker account and see what you’ve amassed. If you don’t reveal your cards, they won’t count.

PartyPoker players will have until the end of the day Eastern Time on January 31st to reveal any cards they’ve received and only points accumulated at cash game tables will count. Finally, as text found on PartyPoker’s website notes, “Cash prizes will be paid to players within an hour of them revealing their hand apart from Royal Flush winners, who will be paid on February 1st.”

PartyPoker is one of the industry leaders when it comes to unique promotions like the Million Dollar Hand. In fact, the site is concurrently running a Million Dollar Hand VIP Points Race for Palladium Lounge members. Players will earn the same cash prizes as in the Million Dollar Hand and also rack up points based on their hand’s value. The top two spots on the leaderboard pay out a World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic prize package worth $14,000.

The top 200 spots in the Million Dollar Hand VIP Points Race pay out, with a minimum prize of $100 up for grabs. The top 30 spots award four-figures and everyone who reaches the top 500 scores a seat into the Million Dollar Hand VIP Freeroll, which doles out a WPT prize package to its winner. Palladium Lounge members will receive extra race points for accumulating over 300 PartyPoints in a single day.

According to the traffic ranking site PokerScout.com, PartyPoker is the third largest site worldwide in terms of real money ring game volume with a seven-day running average of 3,600 players. It just edges out the iPoker Network, but is well behind PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, which rank first and second worldwide, respectively. PartyPoker’s team of sponsored pros includes Poker News Daily Guest Columnist Mike Sexton, poker bad boy Tony G, and “High Stakes Poker” hostess Kara Scott. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

 

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Palladium VIP's - Spoil Yourself With As Many Presents As You Want From PartyPoker - Santa's Party Pack Open To All On PartyCasino !

Win your share of $5,000 every day in December. See: PartyPoker.com

The first episode of PartyPoker.com World Open VI is now online.

Many of the players involved will remember the jaw dropping quads over quads – Andrew Robl, Toby Lewis, Mike Sexton and Jesse May talk about this in a special post here: PartyPoker.com

Aussie Millions qualifiers are up and running. Team Party pro Tyron Krost won the event last year and gives his own guide to satellites. PartyPoker.com


Palladium VIP's - Spoil Yourself With As Many Presents As You Want From PartyPoker - Santa's Party Pack Open To All On PartyCasino !

Gibraltar – 30th November 2010 -- The festive season is drawing closer and PartyPoker.com is making sure they treat their most-valued players to a whole stack of presents. Palladium VIPs have the opportunity to pick up six presents and fill their very own Santa sack by just earning points by playing at PartyPoker.com’s online tables from the 1st to 14th December 2010.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: "The premise is very simple – Palladium VIPs earn points that make prizes. At the bottom end there is a $50 cash bonus, while 30,000 points delivers a $5,000 WPT entry. Players are entitled to keep all of the prizes they can win - so with six prize levels there’s six fantastic presents to keep!"

Here’s what’s on offer in the VIP Gift Accumulator:

Prize level Points required Prize Prize Draw tickets
1 1,500 $50 cash bonus 1
2 3,000 $100 cash 2
3 6,000 iPod Touch 4
4 12,000 $700 cash 8
5 20,000 16GB iPad 14
6 30,000 WPT entry 20

The feast of presents doesn’t just end here though. Every time a player hits a prize level PartyPoker.com award tickets for the VIP Gift Accumulator prize draw which offers the chance to win a share of $10,000. The more prizes a Palladium VIP earn the more entries they’ll get into the draw, giving more frequent players a better chance of winning the $5,000 first prize, the $3,000 second prize or the $2,000 third prize. Winners will be announced on the 17th December.

Please note that this is an OPT-IN promotion. For more information see: PartyPoker.com

Santa is also coming to PartyCasino.com. Unlike the poker promotion this is open to non VIPs too and runs from the 1st – 14th December, whether you have been bad or good. Points mean prizes including a luxury Caribbean holiday!

See: PartyCasino.com for more information.

Santa’s Party Pack

Prizes whether you’ve been good or bad!

Starts: 00:00 ET, 1st December
Ends: 23:59 ET, 14th December

Santa is making an early appearance. He’s spreading Christmas cheer, handing out killer Christmas presents to non-VIP and Palladium VIP players.

From 1st to 14th December, you can celebrate Christmas in style with a double whammy of festive winning opportunities. There’s a prize giveaway where you can scoop up to 6 prizes, and a massive cash prize draw!

Winning a share of Santa’s Party Pack is simple, and you don’t even have to sit on Santa’s knee! Simply opt-in between the 1st-14th December and collect points by playing your favourite slots and jackpot slots. The more you play, the more prizes you’ll unwrap.

Prize Giveaway

If you’re not a VIP yet, check out the Christmas List below, Santa could bring you up to 5 fantastic prizes worth $1,000:

Points Cumulative prizes
20 $5 cash bonus
100 300 points
500 $50 cash bonus
1,000 $100 free cash
5,000 iPad 32GB WiFi*

*The iPad 32GB WiFi has a cash alternative of $600, this will automatically be credited to your account. Please see T&C’s for details of how to receive the non monetary alternative.

If you’re a Palladium VIP player, check out the Christmas list below. Santa could bring you up to 6 prizes worth $10,000:

Points Cumulative prizes
2,000 $75 cash bonus
3,000 1500 points
5,000 $150 cash bonus
7,500 $250 free cash
15,000 iPad 64GB WiFi**
50,000 Luxury Caribbean Holiday**
(worth $8,500)

**The iPad 64GB WiFi has a cash alternative of $1,000, **The Luxury Caribbean Holiday has a cash alternative of $5,000 these will automatically be credited to your account. Please see T&C’s for details of how to receive the non monetary alternative.

Santa’s Big Prize Draw

What a cracker! But wait…there’s an extra present under the tree – Santa’s Big Prize Draw. By taking part in Santa’s Party Pack, you will be eligible for the draw. The more points you earn the more entries you will receive. Check below to see how much cash you can win:

Non-VIP Big Prize Draw

Every time you earn 20 points during the promotion, you’ll get one entry to the Big Prize Draw. $10,000 will be shared equally between 10 lucky players.

VIP Big Prize Draw

Every time you earn 500 points during the promotion, you’ll get one entry to the Big Prize Draw. $20,000 will be shared between 3 lucky players in the following amounts: 1st - $10,000, 2nd - $6,000 and 3rd - $4,000.

You can collect points on any of our slots and jackpot slots. To join the festivities you need to Opt-In from the 1st-14th December. Win some exceptional presents this Christmas with Santa’s Party Pack.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

 

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PartyPoker Introduces Five Star Poker Challenge - 29th November 2010

In December, PartyPoker will unveil the Five Star Poker Challenge, offering 31 freerolls worth $5,000 each plus other high-stakes cash prizes. PartyPoker offers some of the industry’s most unique promotions every month.

All you have to do to take full advantage of the Five Star Poker Challenge is rack up five Party Points in a single day. That’s it; that’s really all you have to do. When you amass five points, PartyPoker will grant you entry into a $5,000 freeroll the next day. There are 31 freerolls that will be held in total, meaning that the site is putting up over $150,000 for this part of the Five Star Poker Challenge promotion.

Now, if you qualify for five of the aforementioned $5,000 freerolls, you’ll score entry into a $50,000 freeroll that will be held on January 2nd. You’ll be ringing in the new year in style as you vie for a five-figure prize pool, all for playing on one of the world’s largest online poker sites.

In addition, repeat winners of the $5,000 freerolls will be in for a special treat. Win two daily $5,000 freerolls and you’ll take home a $5,000 cash prize. If you manage to win three daily freerolls, then your prize will be increased to $50,000. Finally, any PartyPoker player who manages to take down five daily $5,000 freerolls will win a colossal $500,000 cash prize.

Your $5,000 freeroll victories don’t have to be consecutive; rather, they can happen on any days during the promotion. Finally, PartyPoker is offering up one $5,000, $50,000, and $500,000 bonus, so start playing early to claim your prize, as jackpots will be paid out on a first come, first served basis.

Text found on PartyPoker’s website explains how bonuses can be claimed: “To make a claim, players must send an email to info@partypoker.com and confirm their account name. PartyPoker will respond to all claims within 48 hours in order to verify all claims and ensure no fraudulent play has taken place.” PartyPoker expects to pay out bonuses within 48 hours.

The $5,000 tournaments will kick off at 15:00 ET each day during the Five Star Poker Challenge. According to PartyPoker’s terms, a “day” runs from 00:00 ET to 23:59 ET, so make sure to pick up five Party Points during this time span to qualify.

Also in December, PartyPoker is holding the VIP Gift Accumulator for its VIP members. All players need to do is earn Party Points. Then, at certain thresholds, they’ll receive rewards for their play, ranging from a $50 cash prize to a $5,000 World Poker Tour (WPT) buy-in. Other prizes include $100 in cash, an iPod Touch, $700 in cash, and a 16 GB iPad, which will likely be one of the hottest gift items for the holiday season. All prizes are cumulative, which could make for a pretty full stocking come Christmas morning.

The VIP Gift Accumulator also includes a prize draw that will shell out $10,000. The top payout in the prize draw is $5,000, with cash sums of $3,000 and $2,000 also available. The VIP Gift Accumulator promotion runs from December 1st to 14th, with the prize draw occurring on December 17th. Players must opt into the VIP Gift Accumulator in order to participate.

The WPT buy-in is good for any event before March 31st. Players who would rather not head to a live poker tournament can opt for a cash alternative of $3,500. In order to check out how many VIP Gift Accumulator points you’ve earned, head to your PartyPoker account after you’ve opted in.

Visit PartyPoker for the full rundowns of the Five Star Poker Challenge and VIP Gift Accumulator. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

 

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We’ll give you a brand new Aston Martin DB9 Coupe if you finish in pole position at our live Drive the Dream final in London.

You can win your way to this fantastic event for free as we’re giving away five prize packages to the final on 2nd October: win yours by joining our daily freerolls, qualifying through to the monthly satellites where you can win your seat to the live final in London. Take a look at the complete qualifying structure page to see how you can book your seat at our exciting final.

As well as the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe, every player who sits down in London is guaranteed an amazing prize. Take a look at what’s up for grabs:

1st Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

2nd Lamborghini Extreme Driving Academy package

3rd Ferrari Driving Experience package

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5th F1 Brazilian Grand Prix package

6th F1 Italian Grand Prix package

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8th $3,000

9th $2,000

We also have $175,000 in cash prizes to be won in our weekly and monthly finals. In each monthly final a VIP package to London will be won which will include return flights, hotel accommodation and PartyPoker.com's legendary hospitality.

Leave the competition for dust and you could be driving home in a brand new Aston Martin DB9 Coupe.

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PartyPoker Introduces Monthly $1 Million Guaranteed, by Tom Jenkins - 17th January 2009


Beginning on Sunday, February 1st, PartyPoker will host a $640 buy-in $1 Million Guaranteed tournament once per month. Aptly called the Monthly Million, it will take place at 17:45 GMT on the first Sunday of every month. Qualifiers start as low as $1 and are running constantly on one of the largest online poker rooms that does not accept U.S. players.

A PartyPoker spokesperson explained in a press release distributed on Friday, “With $1,000,000 up for grabs in the Monthly Million, the first Sunday of every month is definitely not a day of rest at PartyPoker.com.” The tournament utilizes a Championship blind structure. For $1, players can enter rebuys that feed into either a $70 Monthly Million Qualifier with 18 seats guaranteed or a $35 Super Satellite Saturday with 25 seats guaranteed. Alternately, on Fridays, PartyPoker players can take advantage of a $55 buy-in tournament that doles out at least 30 seats into the Monthly Million. Country specific freerolls and points qualifiers are additional ways to enter, so check out the online poker room’s tournament lobby for more information.

Currently, PartyPoker’s premier tournament is the $300,000 Guaranteed, which takes place every Sunday at 17:45 GMT. The buy-in for the event is $215 and it will likely be replaced by the Monthly Million on the first Sunday of each month. Last week’s $300,000 Guaranteed was taken down by Rev_Hwy61, who bested a field of 1,451 entrants en route to a $60,000 first place payday. The turnout meant that the event had a $9,800 overlay, which occurs when the guaranteed prize pool of a tournament exceeds its actual prize pool. Finishing as the runner up was HOTEL_, who pocketed $30,000. Others who landed atop the field included paskwal (third place for $20,700), DoiNW8BeTs (fourth place for $16,350), Merseylad (fifth place for $13,800), Sonygolf (sixth place for $10,350), og1512 (seventh place for $7,950), RAGEUNIT22 (eighth place for $5,250), Poortwacht3r (ninth place for $4,050), and BrngMrRssns (tenth place for $2,850).

PartyPoker recently launched the Palladium Lounge for members who generate more than 5,000 points in a calendar month. Perks include 24 hour customer service, exclusive promotions, and additional deposit methods. Palladium Lounge Elite is available for players who accrue 75,000 points per quarter and 300,000 points per year. Benefits of Elite status include “snowboarding trips and adventure getaways” as well as the chance to “represent PartyPoker.com in televised events.”

Its parent company, Party Gaming, is traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “PRTY.” In December, one of its co-founders, Anurag Dikshit, admitted to violating the Wire Act of 1961 in a New York court room. He agreed to shell out $300 million to the U.S. Government in three installments. Dikshit may also face up to two years in jail, although a sentencing hearing is not scheduled until December of next year. In the process, Dikshit sent shares of Party Gaming climbing, as his actions may serve to clear the air legally of any wrongdoing by the company in the eyes of the U.S. Government. Party Gaming was one of several publicly traded companies to withdraw from the U.S. market following the 2006 passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

According to PokerScout.com, which tracks online poker room traffic, PartyPoker ranks as the fourth busiest worldwide by the number of cash game players, boasting a seven day running average of 4,500. It trails only PokerStars (23,200), Full Tilt Poker (9,900), and the iPoker Network (5,700) in that department. The iPoker Network, which like PartyPoker does not accept U.S. customers, is owned by Playtech.

Recently, PartyPoker added Quick Seat and table preview features to its lobby. Players also now have the ability to open similar tables to the ones they’re playing on without having to visit the lobby. Tiling and manual resizing of tables are also available. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

 

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New promo from Party Poker is a big investment for the company

March 11, 2009 (InfoPowa News) -- Gibraltar-based Party Poker.com launches its audacious Million Dollar Hand promotion today, which will run through to 22nd March. The promotion offers the chance to win a cool $1 million or more through action at the website's real money tables.

Players will get a playing card for every 15 PartyPoints they earn during this period and will receive a prize when they’ve built a five-card hand. There’s a guaranteed cash prize if the hand features a pair or better ... and a Royal Flush will pay $1 million!

There's no limit on the number of royal flushes that can be hit and the promotion starts with players getting their first card for free. This card will be available in a player’s PartyAccount on the 11th March. Points are not removed from player accounts following the promotion -- they all count towards Palladium Lounge targets.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “This is an all encompassing promotion that pays $5 for a pair - right up to $1 million for a royal flush. We have had to insure ourselves against the possibility of multiple royal flushes. All a player has to do is collect points and cards throughout the period.”

Other prizes available include $5,000 for a straight flush, $1,000 for four-of-a-kind and $250 for a full house.

Cash prizes will be paid to players within an hour after they reveal their hand. Full terms and conditions can be found at PartyPoker.com.

 

Media Man Australia Inks Deal With PartyPoker.com - 11th December 2008

Adding to its already strong line up of poker brands such as PKR.com, Virgin Poker and Pacific Poker, Media Man Australia has come to terms with PartyGaming's PartyPoker.com.

PartyGaming and PartyPoker.com were not featured at Australia's CAP Down Under, of which Media Man Australia chaired day one; however PartyPartners.com & Affclub.com will be the platinum sponsor of CAP Euro, London 2008.

Media Man Australia and Casino News Media director, Greg Tingle said, "We are absolutely delighted to be now doing business with yet another of the world's leading gaming brands. PartyGaming and PartyPoker.com are right at the top of the online gaming and casino world and we are excited to be doing business with them, already reaping the benefits of the association".

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December 2008

PartyPoker To Give Away Asian Poker


Throughout the month of December, PartyPoker are helping their players to kick off 2009 in a big way by offering them the chance to qualify for three major live events.

Qualifiers are online now for the Philippines leg of the successful Asian Poker Tour; the PartyPoker Irish Poker Championships and the PartyPoker World Poker Showdown, to be hosted in the Dominican Republic.

The PartyPoker.com Irish Poker Championship is the first major tournament in Europe in 2009 and is held at the Radisson SAS Hotel overlooking the glorious Galway Bay from the 2nd - 4th January 2009. Expect to see pros such as Mike Sexton or Neil Channing if you win the $5,000 package including $2,800 buy-in.

The Asian Poker Tour is only in it's second run but going very strong – attending players last year had no qualms with giving it five-star reviews. The recent Macau leg was attended by WSOPE champion John Juanda as well as 10-time bracelet-winners Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. This package is worth $6,000 including a $2,700 buy-in.

The PartyPoker.com World Poker Showdown takes place on the 23rd January 2009 at a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic. The $6,500 package includes the $2,650 buy-in to the main event, $1,500 spending money and seven days' accommodation at the all-inclusive Sun Village Resort.

 

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Europe's First Major Poker Tournament Of 2009 – The PartyPoker Irish Poker Championship


The first major European tournament of 2009 will take place from January 2-5. The €2,000 buy-in PartyPoker Irish Poker Championship will be hosted at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Galway, Ireland. Coverage of the main event will be televised and distributed internationally.

A wealth of big Irish poker names have already signed up for the event including Noel Furlong, Donnacha O'Dea, Marty Smyth, Padraig Parkinson, Ciaran O'Leary, Premier League II winner Andy Black, Liam Flood and last year's champion Jude Ainsworth. From overseas expect to see Mike Sexton, Kenna James, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, Surinder Sunar and 2008 Irish Open Champion Neil Channing.

Ian Langstaff of Winmedia Ireland Ltd, an industry leader in poker tournament coverage, said: "We are delighted to be producing and transmitting coverage of the PartyPoker.com Irish Poker Championship on RTÉ again this year. The fact that RTÉ are transmitting eight episodes of coverage rather than the six they did last year shows the popularity of the IPC."


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PARTYPOKER.COM REVAMPS REWARD SCHEME AND INTRODUCES PALLADIUM LOUNGE

RESIZABLE PLO TABLES NOW AVAILABLE AND HEADS-UP CASH GAMES NEXT WEEK

10th December 2008 -- http://www.PartyPoker.com believes the very best poker players deserve the very best treatment. That’s why they’ve just introduced a simple, straightforward and generous reward program and launched Palladium Lounge http://www.palladiumlounge.com for top players. In addition, the latest product upgrade has introduced resizable Pot Limit Omaha tables and selected stakes heads-up no-limit cash game tables will be available from next week.

The new reward program is simple - earn points and that’s it. No more weekly goals, no more vesting of points - the number of points you earn is the number of points you have. You can redeem these points in the online shop for an array of prizes including cash, satellite entries and land-based tournament packages. The new program allows you to redeem your points for cash at much lower levels than before and PartyPoker.com has also introduced the ability to buy bonuses with points. PartyPoker.com has made sure that every player gets the same, if not better, value from the new plan. See https://secure.partyaccount.com/pc/rewardsplan.do for more details.

Key elements to new reward program:

You'll earn PartyPoints for all your real money play
PartyPoints are the only type of point under the new scheme
Your points will be issued and credited to your account right away
Your balance will be updated whenever you leave a game
You'll be able spend your PartyPoints in our PartyPoints Store, where we've reduced our prices to give you better value than ever
There are no restrictions, penalties, multipliers, or loyalty levels

PartyPoker.com has also introduced Palladium Lounge http://www.palladiumlounge.com for top players. Collect more than 5,000 reward points in a month, and you’ll immediately become a member of this exclusive club, where you’ll enjoy exceptional service with the personal touch.

Kristen Makin, Head of VIP at PartyPoker.com, said: “The Palladium Lounge is easy to understand and makes PartyPoker.com the most rewarding and exciting online poker room around. We’ve spent months listening to customers and are now giving them the great program that they want.”

The Palladium Lounge features:

More than 30% in rewards and bonuses for your play, guaranteed – that’s PartyPoker.com’s biggest-ever offer
Rewards that best suit you, such as special leader boards, rake races, and non-deposit reloads
Exclusive events
VIP service around the clock

There’s also an even more exclusive level of membership: The Palladium Lounge Elite is for members who earn over 300,000 points within a year and maintain a minimum of 75,000 points per quarter. As well as enjoying all our excellent regular benefits, Elite members will receive:

· Additional rewards offered only to our most valued players

· Exclusive events every quarter

· Opportunities to play in live televised events

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Background

PartyGaming Plc is an online gambling company, best known for its online poker room PartyPoker.com. It is headquartered in Gibraltar and quoted on the London Stock Exchange. PartyGaming Plc was founded in 1997 with the launch of Starluck Casino. Prior to passage of anti-online gambling legislation by the U.S. Congress, PartyGaming Plc was the world's largest online poker brand (based on ring game revenue and number of players); though its total number of active players has diminished with the loss of its U.S. customers, the company continues to grow with a solid European presence.

History

PartyGaming was founded in 1997 as a network of gambling sites operated by Ruth Parasol in the Caribbean. The network eventually operated under an umbrella company called iGlobalMedia, which then changed its name to PartyGaming. PartyGaming's flagship site, PartyPoker.com, was launched in 2001. Its primary shareholders are Parasol, Group Operations Director Anurag Dikshit, Marketing Director Vikrant Bhargava (who joined the company in 1998 and 1999, respectively), and Russ DeLeon (Parasol's husband, Harvard attorney and serial entrepreneur). The foursome sold over 23% of their combined shares to take the company public on the London Stock Exchange in 2005. Dikshit and Bhargava stepped down from the company's board in May 2006. Dikshit announced that he will remain with the company as COO; Bhargava will continue as an advisor and shareholder of the company while pursuing other business interests.

PartyGaming's holdings include the PartyPoker.com poker site, PartyCasino.com, PartyBingo.com, and Starluck and Planet Luck Casinos. In February 2006 PartyGaming introduced a new integrated platform, enabling multiple games to be played without requiring customers to log in each time and deposit funds in separate accounts. An online backgammon site, PartyGammon.com, was launched in mid-2006. In August 2006 PartyGaming acquired Antigua and Barbuda registered sports betting operator Gamebookers which focuses on the European market.

Due to concerns about the legality of online gambling in various jurisdictions around the world, the company is incorporated in Gibraltar. At one point, U.S. consumers represented around 75% of PartyGaming's revenues. In October 2006, PartyGaming pulled out of the US market following the passing of anti-gambling measures in the Safe Port Act, and the company's share price dropped 60% as a result.

In 2007 the Company bought Empire Online's Gaming business and all off Intercontinental Online Gaming.

PartyPoker.com

PartyPoker.com was launched in 2001 and has since grown to be one of the largest online poker card rooms. At peak times, tens of thousands of players can be found playing on the site's virtual poker tables. The site is endorsed by Mike Sexton, the host of the World Poker Tour television show. The domain partypoker.com attracted at least 3.6 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a Compete.com study.

Games include Texas Hold 'em (No Limit and Fixed Limit), Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-card Stud and Seven-card Stud Hi-Lo. Stakes range from 0.05/0.10 to 100/200 for limit games, and 0.02/0.04 to 25/50 for No-Limit/Pot-Limit games.
Players can play for either real money or play money. All poker variants offered at real money tables are offered at play money tables. Party Poker offers a bad beat jackpot, which has at times grown to over $700,000 USD.

Party Poker makes money by taking a percentage of each ring game pot (this is known as the rake) and approximately 10% of entry fees for each real-money tournament. The site has dealt over six billion real money hands and over fifty-five billion play money hands, including tournaments.

Party Poker is the official kit sponsor of Leyton Orient football club, of the English Football League One.

Party Poker offers hand history files for analysis, discussion and conversion using a poker hand converter.

Tournaments
The site offers a variety of tournaments, ranging from two to thousands of participants with some very lucrative prize pools.

Single-table and multi-table tournaments are offered. Furthermore, there are both scheduled tournaments (which begin at a specified date and time) and tournaments which are offered 24 hours a day and begin as soon as the table is full. The latter type of tournament is commonly called a "Sit 'n Go" or "SNG" tournament.

The flagship tournament is the PartyPoker.com Million Tournament, a Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament. The second, third and fourth Party Poker Million tournaments were World Poker Tour events. The tournament begins with online qualifiers but the final stages are held at actual poker tables aboard a cruise ship. The winners of previous Party Poker Million events were Kathy Liebert, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Michael Gracz, and Mike Schneider.

Additionally, there are play money tournaments, but the offerings are not nearly as extensive as the real money tournaments and mostly consist of single table events.
Every player is limited to playing up to twelve tables simultaneously.

Hellkat

Hellkat is a form of Texas Hold 'Em poker developed by PartyPoker.com. The games are played in the same way as a normal Texas Hold 'Em tournament, except that there is a time limit of 5 to 15 minutes when the tournament will end. At the end the prize money is paid to the three players with the most chips. Because of the time limit, the players with the lower stacks play fast and furiously going all-in often as the time runs out.

Split with "skin" partners

In its early days, PartyGaming entered into several marketing partnerships that allowed companies such as Empire Online, who ran Empire Poker, to share in a common pool of poker players. Players could access the PartyGaming network either through the PartyPoker.com software itself or through the software of one of PartyGaming's "skin" partners.

In mid-2005, PartyGaming made various moves to ringfence its own players from those of the "skin" partners. The company began to explore mergers, buyouts, and other options. In October of that year, PartyGaming launched an upgraded PartyPoker.com software system that cut off the "skin" partners from the main pool of players, and left the "skin" players on the old system.

In November 2005, offer discussions with Empire Online were terminated, and on 6 December 2005, Empire Online confirmed that it had started legal proceedings against PartyGaming in the High Court of Gibraltar. On 14 February 2006, the two companies announced a US$250 million settlement deal; PartyGaming agreed to acquire Empire's "skin" operations, and Empire dropped the suit. In December 2006, PartyGaming announced the acquisition of the remaining assets of Empire Online.

PartyGaming also acquired the operations of former "skin" partners IntertopsPoker and MultiPoker, in separate private transactions for undisclosed amounts.

PartyPoker.net

PartyGaming operates PartyPoker.net, a free site that, when PartyGaming offered real money gaming in the United States, was advertised on United States television as "the world's largest poker school" due to restrictions of directly advertising gambling sites. Prizes are offered for winning tournaments on the site. Although no money is exchanged, an age limit of 18 (or 21 in some states) is still enforced. Players on the .net site play the same games as players playing the free games from within the PartyPoker.com software client.

]iGlobalMedia software

In the 1990s, Las Vegas consultant and actuary Michael Shackleford ran a computer trial of the first blackjack and roulette games offered by iGlobalMedia. Shackleford stated that the "results clearly showed they (the games) weren't fair. Ruth Parasol's spokesman Jon Mendelsohn acknowledged that the chances had "tipped too much toward the house", but attributed the problems to "software flaws", not rigging. It led to the development of their own proprietary software rather than using external platforms. There was no reimbursement to the players iGlobalMedia allowed to play the unfair games.

 

 

PartyPoker.com preview

Main Lobby

When you first log in to your PartyPoker.com software, you’ll arrive in the main Lobby. This is where you can select a real money or play money game and join a tournament. If you like, you can watch the action while others play.

In the center of the window, you'll see a list of all our tables and tournaments. Simply use your mouse to scroll through the list.

The ‘Browse’ and ‘List’ lobby views give you two great ways to find the table or tournament that’s right for you. Here’s what they do:

The ‘List’ view uses a traditional ‘tree’ navigation structure which is simple, easy to use, and instantly recognizable to anyone who’s searched for a file on their PC
The ‘Browse’ view gives you access to a range of filtering options which you can use to refine the list of tables you’re browsing; you can even use multiple filters to make your search as precise as possible
You can toggle between the two Lobby views using the icons at the top-right of the main tab navigation area.

You can also choose to apply a 'filter' to your view of the tables or tournaments.

For more details about all the great features our Lobby has to offer, take our guided Game Lobby QuickTour.

 

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