Review of Paddy Poker

Paddy Power is one of the most popular sites on the rapidly expanding iPoker network. It offers a very attractive bonus for new players, a great loyalty scheme and a good tournament program that contains large cash prizes.

There is plenty of traffic at peak hours due to players coming over to the poker room from the other forms of entertainment that is available on the site (sports betting, casino, bingo etc). This means that play can be fairly loose and therefore profitable.

Software

Paddy Power offers its players a fast and reliable poker client that is updated regularly without any intrusive downtime.

The latest update to the software has allowed members to play at up to eight different tables simultaneously. Tables can be tiled and re-sized to suit the players needs while the vector graphics ensure no detail is lost from the screen.

More experienced players will appreciate the software’s ability to allow players to make notes on their opponents, while players new to the game will welcome the Hand History which presents details of a player’s performance in an easy-to-follow interface.

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Games available:

While the games offered by Paddy Power aren’t as extensive as some of the larger poker rooms, they have all the standard bases covered. Hold’em, Omaha Hi and Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud Hi are all offered in both ring game format as well as multi-table tournaments.

Bonuses/Loyalty:

When you make your first deposit and use the bonus code, you will receive a 150% deposit bonus. This deposit is paid in increments, which is great as you get to see cash coming into your bank account a lot sooner than you do in most other rooms.

Paddy Power also offer a good loyalty scheme known as C*A*S*H. Unlike a lot of other programs, regular players can earn a free cash bonus every month. Points can also be used to enter various qualifier tournaments or just exchanged directly for money.

Tournaments:

Paddy Power runs a good tournament schedule covering multi-table tournaments, SnG’s and some really good value freerolls.

Their weekly promotions consist of a Jackpot SnG whereby any player winning a number of consecutive Sit N Go Tournaments is awarded a pretty impressive jackpot.

For those of you who enjoy Bounty Tournaments, the “Bounty Hunter” takes place every Wednesday at 20.00 (GMT) and “Paddy Whacker” sees the Paddy Power staff having some bonus bounties placed on their heads every Thursday at 21.00 (GMT).

Paddy Power is also well known for sending players to some of the big live poker events. They are the exclusive partner of the Irish Open 2009 and have also had players representing them at the Aussie Millions and the WSOP.

Buy ins for all tournaments start from as little $1 and go all the way up to several hundred dollars. There are also plenty of qualifiers for the larger tournaments and a lot of freerolls with some pretty tasty prizes and a monthly $100,000 Guaranteed Multi-Table tournament.

Deposit/withdrawl options:

  • Deposit options:
    Credit card, debit card, Paypal, Moneybookers, Neteller, Cheques, Bank Transfers
  • Withdrawl options:
    Credit card, debit card, cheque, Bank Transfer, Paypal

Competition/Traffic

Being a part of the iPoker network means that there are generally always plenty of people who are up for a game of poker. It’s worth noting though that the vast majority of this traffic comes from the UK and to a lesser extent Europe. Therefore, play can sometimes slow down during outside of peak hours.

However, on the plus side the players that do take part in tournaments are generally a lot softer than you’d tend to find at some of the more established poker sites. The general standard of play is not of a particularly high standard meaning that bank rolls can be built a lot more easily here than somewhere like Pokerstars.

Support

Players at Paddy Power can get support 24/7 via email or telephone. Should you want to use it, there’s also a fax number at your disposal.

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