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PartyPoker.com - Empirepoker
Party and Empire are "sister sites" meaning that although they are independently owned and
marketed, they utilize the same software and share players boosting overall game traffic.
Party is hosted by Mike Sexton, founder of the Tournament of Champions and commentator on the
World Poker Tour. He makes regular posts on the rec.gambling.poker newsgroup and the
twoplustwo.com forums, in which he responds openly to comments and criticisms about
PartyPoker. Twenty-four hour live help is offered both online (instant message chat with
floorperson) and by phone (toll free US and Canada 1-888-206-4659).
The proprietary program has good graphics (you cannot chose your avatar but can turn them on and off) and an
easy to use interface (the sounds leave no doubt when it's your turn to act). You can play up
to four games at once and the well done " play in turn" buttons are invaluable in this regard.
The bet and pot sizes are shown as both graphics and text. The lobby is extremely well laid
out making it easy to find the games you are looking for and block the ones you don't want to
see (full tables, play money tables, etc), however, no information is provided on the number
of players per flop or hands per hour. Party does not offer it's clients much statistical
feedback on their own play although it does have a note taking facility. A major upgrade in
June 2002 eradicated most of the original problems, however there still seems to be a
greater number of software delays and disconnects relative to other top sites.
The best site for promotions overall. A first time deposit bonus of 20% up to $100 is offered and "reload"
deposit bonus offers are regularly made. You can play in satellites to qualify for the
PartyPoker.com Million which is televised on the Travel Channel. There are many freerolls
and other deals too numerous to list. Check here for the latest. http://www.partypoker.com/news/index.html.
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