Party Poker Vs Pokerstars

Party Poker Vs Pokerstars Guide 2017

PokerStars and PartyPoker have been rivals for a long time. These two powerhouses rank first and third in regards to overall traffic, respectively. Party Poker was once the undisputed king of online poker until they left the US market in 2006.

PokerStars was forced to do the same in 2011. The difference in traffic is still staggering but as I mentioned in the PokerStars Vs Bovada Poker article, traffic is not as important as most players think.

The Party Poker Vs PokerStars debate is very different in 2017 when compared to a couple years ago. Party Poker has upgraded their software and has developed an award winning loyalty program.

In this article I will compare these two giants based on bonuses, promotions, cash games, tournaments and a couple of other factors. PokerStars may be roughly ten times larger than Party Poker but that doesn’t mean much. Learn how these arch-rivals stack up to each other and find out which is better suited to your needs.

PokerStars Vs Party Poker – Deposit Bonuses 2017

Both Pokerstars and Party Poker offer a unique welcome package to new players. Pokerstars holds an advantage in regards to the actual deposit bonuses and Party Poker holds the advantage when it comes to the extra perks and incentives. Here is an overview of the welcome packages at Poker Stars and Party Poker.

  • Party Poker: A 100% bonus up to $/£/€500, $1,500 Freeroll entry and a $/£/€5 no-deposit bonus.
  • PokerStars: A 100% bonus on your first three deposit, up to $600.

Party Poker does not lower the maximum bonus if you deposit in Euros or Pounds. This enables new players to receive a maximum bonus of around €611 or £813. If you use either of these currencies to make your first deposit at Pokerstars they will lower the max to €465 and £390.

Party Poker will also give you $/£/€5 just for signing up. Free cash offers are very rare in 2017. This free money will enable you to check out Party Poker for yourself without risking any of your own money. They also offer a $1,500 freeroll tournament exclusively for new players.

Party Poker only matches your first deposit but PokerStars will match your first three. This may not seem that significant at first but I personally think that it provides more value than Party Poker’s extra perks. The typical new online poker player tends to deposit between $25-$100.

This makes the size of a initial deposit bonus irrelevant in most cases. Not many people are willing to risk $500 on online poker if they have never played before. Even if they have it is still uncommon for the vast majority of people to deposit that much and claim the entire bonus. At PokerStars you do not have to worry about leaving bonus money on the table.

You can simply make a small test deposit to try out the room and still be able to claim more bonus money with your second and third deposit. These bonuses do not cancel each other out and PokerStars gives you several months to clear the bonuses. PokerStars will credit your bonus money to you in $/£/€10 installments and Party Poker credits the bonus in 10% installments.

Both rooms have different currency based clearance requirements. They are both on the lower end of the spectrum in regards to how much you have to play to clear your bonus.

Poker Stars Vs Party Poker – Promotions 2017

Party Poker and Pokerstars are well matched in the promotional department. They each boast an amazing loyalty program and host a wide range of promotions. You will find numerous tournament based promos at both rooms.

Each runs countless satellites to major live events and each hosts tournaments with multi-million dollar guaranteed prize pools. Since they are closely matched in the general promotional category I will focus this comparison on their VIP programs since that is a major strength for Party Poker and Pokerstars.

The rewards programs at these two poker sites are surprisingly similar. PokerStars was the first to offer a VIP program with so many benefits so if anything Party Poker may have based their program off of the PokerStars VIP program.

That probably doesn’t matter to you though. You likely want to know which one is better. It really just depends on what you are looking for, how often you play and the stakes that you play at.

Pokerstars has based their program on cash credits that players receive for reaching certain milestones and benchmarks. Party Poker also gives our cash and bonuses when you reach special benchmarks. Here is a general overview of each program:

  • PokerStars: Four monthly VIP levels and two yearly levels. This loyalty program offers cash credits, bonuses and an FPP multiplier. The first types of cash credit are called Stellar Rewards and there are 20 of them ranging from $10 to $200. Once you finish those you will move on to the Milestone Cash Credits.
  • There are 16 of these and they range in value from $2,600 to $20,000. Each VIP level at Pokerstars has a multiplying aspect. You can earn frequent player points up to 5 times faster than new players.
  • Party Poker: Three monthly VIP levels and two quarterly levels. Each level has two major benefits: cash and bonuses. There are ten different cash credits available. These range from $10 to $50,000. There are also ten bonuses available ranging from $30 to $75,000.

PokerStars offers more overall cash but they also have more levels. Party Poker’s $50k cash credit and $75k bonus is much larger than anything PokerStars offers for a single benchmark and there are fewer levels so it may be easier to reach them in the time span allowed.

These programs are built around a system that awards players with points. You can spend these points at the VIP stores offered by both rooms. You will find electronics, clothing, accessories and much more in both.

Party Poker Versus Poker Stars – Cash Games & Tournaments 2017

Tens of thousands of players can be found at Party Poker’s tables at any given time and Pokerstars boasts hundreds of thousands of players. That is a significant difference but it only has a small effect on tournament players for the most part. Cash game players will probably notice the major difference in game variety between these two rooms.

PokerStars offers ten separate poker games, four mixed variants and Zoom Poker. Party Poker offers Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud, Stud 8 and Double Hold’em, the only game they have that Poker Stars doesn’t. Here is a list of the card games Pokerstars offers that Party doesn’t:

• 5 Card Draw, Razz, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi, 2-7 Single Draw, H.O.R.S.E Poker, 8-Game, Triple Stud, Hold’em/Omaha and Zoom Poker.

The Party Poker client includes Blackjack while Pokerstars does not offer any non-poker related services. Party Gaming is one of the largest online gambling companies and you can use your poker account to play bingo, casino games, bet on sports and a couple other things.

This allows you to handle all of your Internet gambling in one place. As I previously mentioned both of these sites run a wide range of tournaments and sitngos. Pokerstars does better with the total number of tournaments, size of the prize pools and the variety of sitngo and tournament formats.

Finding soft action at Party Poker or Poker Stars is equally easy. When you have thousands of real money tables to choose from it is quite easy to find a soft table. Inexperienced players flock to both rooms but Party Poker may have a higher percentage of them due to casino and sports betting customers visiting the poker room.

Pokerstars Vs Party Poker – Banking & Depositing Options 2017

You won’t have any difficulty either depositing or cashing out at either of these leading poker rooms. Their poker platforms are strikingly different. Party Poker’s software may have many new features but the basic look has stayed the same for many years.

The out-of-date lobby may not bother some people but when you compare it with the advanced lobby at Pokerstars it does look very old. Once you sit down at a table at Party Poker things definitely improve though. Party Poker offers email, Live Chat and phone support while Pokerstars only offers email support.