Party Gaming is probably best known under the banner of Party Poker but over the years Party has developed into a full blown gambling site offering a complete range of gambling opportunities. The company was founded in 1997 and is completely focussed on the online gambling market; the two largest arms of the business are Party Poker and Party Casino although through alliances and acquisitions the brand has grown to include Party Bets, the sports betting arm, Party Bingo and PartyGammon which specialises in Backgammon games. Party gaming is listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2005, is licensed by the Government of Gibraltar, is a member of eCOGRA and employs around 1300 people in Gibraltar, India and throughout Europe. The company operates in multiple languages and currencies and has customers all across the world except of course the USA where online gambling remains illegal at least for the time being; Europe remains the most important market for Party Gaming and represents in the region of 80% of revenues.
Party Poker was launched in August 2001 and is now one of the largest Poker rooms in the world available in 12 different languages and contributing over 50% of revenues. Online poker gambling has really taken off in recent years benefitting from extensive television coverage of poker tournaments. Party Poker works very simply by providing and hosting online poker gambling tables that bring players together who want to play poker. Party Poker does not participate in the games but makes for a small charge in the form of a rake from the pot. Players play poker either in tournament form or in what are called ring games where players compete against each other for the pot on each hand. The most popular poker gambling game is Texas Hold’em but Omaha high and 7 card stud are also played. Tournament play is different in that each player buys into the tournament for a fixed amount for which they receive a fixed number of poker chips. Play continues until one player holds all the chips and is therefore declared the winner. Prize money will depend upon the number of players in the tournament and the size of the buy in but in Major tournaments can mount up to a sizeable sum. In most tournaments there will also be prize money available for second and third place and can be many more places. Tournaments start on a very regular basis throughout the day and you can play poker either by using the free download software or you can play instant poker with no download but as is usual the download version will provide you with more poker gambling choice. If you are new to poker then we advise you to visit the Party Poker “how to play” section which gives full instructions.
Party Casino has an enormous range of casino games for the casino gambling public including of course Roulette with stakes from €1 to €500 and a variety of blackjack tables with staked from as little as €1 but for the high roller up to €1000 per hand. Gambling on video poker is possible with a choice of 14 different games one of which is “Joker Poker Deuces Wild 100”enables you to play 100 hands at the same time but there is help available. Table gambling games at Party Casino include Let it Ride, Casino war, Red Dog and Caribbean Stud with progressive jackpot side bet. The choice of slots at Party Casino is huge with more 100 available with minimum stakes as low as €0.01 but with maximum stakes as high as €2500 so there really is a gambling opportunity for everyone. Progressive jackpot slots are not forgotten and there is a good range to choose from with big jackpots available and Party Casino has teamed up with the makers of the Marvel comic heroes to bring you themed slots for Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four and Thor. Other games on the party casino site include scratch cards, keno and virtual horse and greyhound racing as well as the ever popular Bejeweled where you can 20,000 times your stake. Nearly all games are available in “play money” mode so you can experiment with a game before you play for real money, the casino is available as a download or instant version although more options are available in the download version and live casino with live dealers in Latvia is available for those of you gambling on roulette, blackjack or baccarat. Party Casino is a great online casino.
Party Bets is the sports gambling arm and was formed after the acquisition of Gamebookers in 2006. Although a fairly recent addition to the Party brand it offers a complete range of sports betting including “in play” betting on certain games and matches. It would be impossible to list all the sports upon which you can gamble with Party Bets but suffice it to say that if you like sports gambling you can find it here. A feature of Party Bets is the number of different bets you can place on a single match; for example even in tennis you can bet per set or who wins which set or the exact socre in each set which means that even if the match result does not present a gambling opportunity there still might be good odds in there somewhere.
PartyGammon is to our knowledge the only specialised Backgammon site offering head to head games as well as tournaments. Tournament backgammon is fairly new as is played on a simple knock out basis. There are fixed time tournaments where the date and time are announced in advance and there are sit and go tournaments where as soon as the required number of players have signed up the tournament begins. If Backgammon is new to you there is a full explanation on site to guide you through but if you like chess or other games of strategy you will enjoy Backgammon.
Party Gaming has grown from the original Party Poker roots to become a top online gambling operator with a complete range of gambling available and we thoroughly recommend registering and playing in complete safety.