Call me a first world elitist but one thing I like about this casino is that it’s licensed and regulated in North America, and not some obscure Caribbean Island (for the record, I equally prefer casinos licensed and regulated in the U.K.). The Party Poker Casino caters to – go figure – players with a hefty bankroll, particularly those whose wallets are burning a hole in their pockets. Oddly enough, the promotions at this VIP-style club are scant, and the customer support is limited.
Bonuses & Promotions
If you can afford to lay down $500 in your first deposit, Party Poker Casino will give you $250 extra for your chip stack (first deposit bonus is 50%). There’s a $25 referral bonus (cheap for Party Poker , isn’t it?). And they have a rather shifty and ungenerous Comp points loyalty program.
Software & Graphics
The Party Poker Casino Online runs on Real Time Gaming software, a real up-and-comer in the industry, found on many of the snazziest new, theme-oriented sites. The graphics and sound are dazzling as the games run at light-speeds. That’s probably why RealTime won last year’s Gambling Online Magazine prize for “Top New Casino Software”. This is a product to watch – but more, it’s one to play. Lots of fun. Lots.
There are 4 table games (including European and American Roulette, both), 8 card games (including Baccarat and Caribbean Stud), 17 slots (including 2 Bingo-Ramas), 13 Video Poker machines (including 7 multi-line games), and 3 specialty games (horse-racing, Keno, and Scratch Card)
Payouts, Cashouts & Security
The Party Poker Casino site claims that their competition uses lowly 56-bit encryption whereas Party Poker Online Casino uses 128-bit, yet after reviewing nearly 200 sites, I haven’t found one that doesn’t use at least 128-bit SSL. Whatever the case, they’ve got it here too, so your transactions are secure and your personal information is as safe as it can be in this day and age. Withdrawals take 4-7 days to process (within 14 days for echecks) and are issued at a rate of $4,000 maximum per week.
Why is it always so many of the classiest casinos, serving the wealthiest clientele, that have the fewest contact options. One email address, one toll-free U.S./Canada number, 1 toll-call international number, and one fax number are the avenues you’ve got should you need any assistance. This is a definite area of improvement for an otherwise fine online casino.