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Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Invites Online Poker Players To Conquer the World at PartyPoker

Win Up To $100,000 Playing Online Poker

Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment and its PartyPoker.com and PartyCasino.com gaming brands are used to delivering world class promotions and games, and this gaming season is no different.

The award winning PartyPoker.com invites you to 'Conquer The World'!

Dominate the World

This November and December sees the exciting World Domination promotion return to PartyPoker as players are invited to take over the world, one city at a time.

During this World Domination period, PartyPoker is going to award thousands of dollars’ worth of cash payouts and freeroll tournament seats, while also giving the players a chance to challenge for a massive $100,000 top prize!

Taking over the World

In order to achieve world domination and take down the cash prizes, all players must do is earn PartyPoints between Nov. 7 and Dec. 32.

Each time a player earns 10 PartyPoints they will be randomly awarded 1 of 72 different cities from around the world. They will now have dominated that city and are encouraged to keep earning PartyPoints and taking over more and more cities. Players are able to be awarded the same city more than once and some cities will be harder to capture than others.

Most cities will also award an instant prize but the biggest prizes are awarded to players if they manage to conquer entire countries and continents. The $100,000 is what all players should be aiming for and that is awarded to anybody who manages to accumulate all 72 unique cities.

Most cities will award an instant prize or at the very least a freeroll ticket, while each continent and country has a different prize value. For example, if you conquer all four cities in England, you will be awarded an instant prize of $1,500! In addition to this, if you then go on to claim each and every country in Europe, you will be awarded a massive $20,000 and be well on your way to winning the $100,000 that goes along with achieving world domination!

Players can get started right now and earn their first city for only 5 PartyPoints, so make sure you head over to Party Poker and start taking over the world!

In order to snatch your free bankroll, all you have to do is sign up for a PartyPoker account and wait for your immediate free credit of $25. Once you receive the $25, head to the tables and earn 200 PartyPoints, whereby you will then be awarded an additional $25!

This means that you will have earned 20 countries in the World Domination promotion while also receiving your free bankroll! Play smart and play often. Good luck at the tables.


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An increasing amount of online poker players are also checking out online casino offerings from Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment. New casino players currently get up to $3000 sign up bonus, understood to be the highest bonus in the world for new players.

The most popular PartyCasino.com games of late include Heist, Circus, Rambo, Palladium Slot, The Godfather, Sinatra, Slotbox, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Mission: Impossible, The Terminator, Cleopatra, Sinatra, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, Monopoly, Resident Evil, Melon Madness, Wheel Of Fortune and Mega Fortune Wheel.

The PartyCasino.com jackpot is currently approaching the $4 million mark. Players can also compete for The Big One and Marvel Hero Jackpot, playing the Marvel super hero themed online slot games.

PartyCasino's most recent game releases include Shaaark! SuperBet, Crocodopolis, Alice's Wonderland, Glamour Puss, Super Cubes, Heist, Palladium Slot and Circus Slot.

Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Co-cEO Jim Ryan has gone on record advising PartyCasino will soon feature more Hollywood blockbuster themed slots. A few in the know journalists and media agents have been recently tipped off that an all time classic movie adaption will be showcased in the PartyCasino portfolio within 1 month. PartyCasino has the world's most impressive line up of Hollywood themed games, and more are just around the corner.

PartyCasino.com and PartyPoker.com customers can also benefit from rewards and bonuses via PartyPoints and the Palladium Lounge.

Media Man, Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory do have a b2b relationship with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, as they do with dozens of other companies in the gaming, igaming, media and entertainment industry.

 

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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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PartyGaming Inks Deal With Aviation Club de France, by Greg Tingle - 9th May 2010

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PartyGaming has inked its B2B deal in France is applying for a French gaming licence.

This deal sees Aviation Club de France, a land-based gambling venue off the Champs Elysees in Paris and France's leading card room, maintain its world class status. The club is understood to sport in excess of 100,000 members. Aviation Club will join PartyGaming's French poker network when laws permits it to go ahead.

Aviation Club de France will join other gaming operators on the network including PartyGaming's own France-facing site, PartyGaming.fr, current French racing powerhouse Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU), and television broadcaster AB Groupe, following an agreement inked last month.

PartyGaming is keen to see the French gaming licence granted and don't foresee delays.

The licence system, which was approved by the French parliament last month, means that PartyGaming will switch off domestic casino and bingo when licensing is approved, resulting in the removal of annualised revenues of approximately $12m.

Media Man and its Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory arms are very excited as to what this means to the continued global strategy and growth.

The gaming and news media world is following the progress of the PartyGaming deals in France to help evaluate their own strategy regarding gaming, government and land based projects.

Major U.S, Canadian and Australian based casinos and clubs are taking a very close look at this deal and how it pans out, advised a Media Man media and gaming spokesperson.


6th May 2010

Press Release

Aviation Club de France to join PartyGaming’s French Poker Network

PartyGaming, the world’s leading listed online gaming company, today announces its third B2B deal in France with an exclusive multi-year agreement to provide a white label online poker service for Aviation Club de France (“ACF”), one of the country’s most prestigious card rooms and private members clubs.

The new service, branded ‘ACFPoker’, will join PartyGaming’s expanding French poker network which will also include www.partypoker.fr. Once PartyGaming obtains the required licence and is operational, players on the network will benefit from a shared pool of player liquidity and operate on a single platform.

Founded in 1907 by four pioneering French aviators, today ACF has 100,000 members and is the leading card room in France. The club is a regular host of World Poker Tour’s events including the forthcoming Grand Prix de Paris to be held on 8-16 May 2010. The new online poker service will be promoted through a variety of channels to ACF’s extensive customer base.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Jim Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of PartyGaming, said:

“ACF is a great addition to our French poker network and allows us to directly connect with France’s offline poker players. This deal is a great strategic fit and together with our other B2B alliances in France, we are determined to establish a strong position in what we believe will become one of Europe’s largest poker markets.”

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Aussie Millions Winner Signs With PartyPoker - 6th October 2009

Stewart Scott, who made history earlier this year by winning the Aussie Millions — the first time an Australian has done so in the modern era — has signed a deal to represent PartyPoker.com, the company recently announced.

A former gourmet chef turned professional poker player, the 37-year-old Scott perfectly captures the spirit of the casual-turned-professional poker player. He’s making his Party Poker debut at the PokerNews Cup in Melbourne, which recently got underway.

"It's great to put pen to paper and sign-up to represent PartyPoker.com - it’s always been my site of choice," said Scott in a news release.

"I am looking forward to defending my Aussie Millions title in January and am even more excited that I will be doing this as an ambassador for PartyPoker with a large team of online qualifiers!"

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PartyPoker.com World Open V promo

Win your $13,000 package and take on the best in the business

Show the biggest names in poker just how good you are by winning your place at the PartyPoker.com World Open V.

Claim your $13,000 dream package to join the poker elite from around the globe and do battle for the $480,000 prize pool in front of the TV cameras in London.

The triple starting stack tournament takes place from 11th to 15th October. Some big names have already confirmed they’ll be taking part, including PartyPoker ambassador Mike Sexton and ‘Team Party’ players - Ian Frazer, Remy Biechel, Felipe ‘Mojave’ Ramos and Bodo Sbrzesny.

Each $13,000 prize package includes:

$10,000 buy-in to the PartyPoker.com World Open V main event
Seven nights’ accommodation in a luxury hotel in London
$1,000 Spending money

The PartyPoker.com World Open V is limited to just 48 participants and the only way you can claim one of our $13,000 prize packages is in our exclusive PartyPoker.com World Open V satellites.

 

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Paris Hilton Versus Mike Sexton on Party Poker, by Tom Jenkins - 15th May 2009
(Credit: Poker News Daily)


PartyPoker, the world’s second largest online poker site or network that does not accept U.S. players, may host a heads-up match between heiress Paris Hilton and World Poker Tour (WPT) Host Mike Sexton. The winner will take home a brand new Bentley.

In 2006, PartyPoker, which is owned and operated by the publicly traded firm Party Gaming, offered Hilton a chance to recoup a Bentley that she allegedly lost in a game of poker. The luxury car in question was a Continental GT, but Hilton failed to take the then-world’s largest online poker room up on its offer. Hilton quickly became the centerpiece of the poker world, albeit for a brief time period. A statement released by PartyPoker this week recalled, “We challenge her to take us up on the offer. Three years is a long time in show business and we’re sure she’d jump at it now - it is a simple offer for the former ‘Simple Life’ star. Following the original offer in 2006, the likes of Clonie Gowen also made public challenges to the heiress, but so far Paris has resisted.”

Apparently, it’s déjà vu all over again for the hotel heiress. She reportedly had her new Bentley vandalized; PartyPoker stated that egg throwing was to blame. Now, the online poker site has quickly jumped back into the spotlight, with the longtime WPT Host challenging the reality star to a heads-up game with a Bentley on the line. We’d like to think that Hilton’s reaction was, “That’s hot.” PartyPoker’s Warren Lush told Poker News Daily what format the heads-up match may take: “The Paris Hilton challenge nearly happened last time and with what happened to her recently, we thought it was right to reiterate our offer. If she decides to accept, the format will be a heads-up tournament, but we are open to discussion about a definitive structure.” The name of the game would be No Limit Texas Hold’em and no deadline has been given for Hilton to respond.

Hilton played in the 2009 WPT Celebrity Invitational at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. The tournament, which played out in February, raised money for The Vine Group. The beneficiary organization’s ambassador at the event was none other than actor Mekhi Phifer, who welcomed Hollywood’s elite including Vince Vaughn, Jason Alexander, Ben Affleck, Mena Suvari, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Ricki Lake, Ray Romano, and Brad Garrett. The tournament was ultimately won by poker pro Freddy Deeb and raised $77,000 for The Vine Group.

Hilton may be best remembered for her leading role on “The Simple Life,” a reality series that also starred Nicole Richie, daughter of music legend Lionel Richie. The show aired on Fox and E! before vanishing from television airwaves two years ago. Season 1 of the show sent the duo to rural Arkansas, far away from their regular celebrity lifestyles. During Season 2, Hilton and Richie hit the road across the United States and found themselves as interns for Season 3. The fourth season of “The Simple Life” featured the subtitle “Til Death Do Us Part.” The fifth and final season sent the pair to summer camp.

Sexton, the voice of the WPT alongside Vince Van Patten, re-signed with PartyPoker as its ambassador at the end of April. A World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, Sexton also took down the first $10,000 buy-in poker tournament ever held at Foxwoods (which occurred in 1992) and was the first American to win the Euro Finals of Poker. Sexton will represent the popular online poker site at live tournaments around the world and serve as the host of PartyPoker’s suite at the Rio for the 2009 WSOP, which starts in two weeks. He’ll also be regularly contributing to PartyPoker’s blog. Sexton is a monthly Guest Columnist right here on Poker News Daily. His most recent entry reviews the Season VII WPT Championship.

 

PartyGaming to Launch Online Poker Service in Italy

Joint venture with Intralot announced

April 8, 2009 (CAP Newswire) -- Apparently unrelated to yesterday’s story that PartyGaming has agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice comes the news that the company also has plans to expand into the currently red-hot Italian market in the very near future.

The expansion will be in partnership with Intralot, a Greek lottery systems provider. The two companies are hinting that, if the Italian venture proves successful, they will attempt to enter into more overseas deals in the coming months, as well.

“Intralot is the first member of PartyGaming's poker network in Italy and will promote the new service through its retail network, which includes 600 betting outlets,” reported Reuters news service this week.

"This is our third business-to-business deal in 2009 and we are confident of continuing to build our portfolio over the coming months," PartyGaming Chief Executive Jim Ryan commented in the Reuters article.

 

Million Dollar Poker Hand


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.

 

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."

 

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.

 

 

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

If you demand this kind of service, join the most rewarding VIP club around. You won’t be disappointed by what it has to offer. Find out more about Palladium Lounge at www.palladiumlounge.com

 

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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