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June 05, 2006

Paradise Poker Review

Posted at June 5, 2006 08:53 PM in Website Reviews , by Greedy Gecko.

Paradise Poker is an old-school, well-established website that was an early player in the online poker scene. Founded in 1999, Paradise Poker was purchased in October 2004 by Sportingbet, a massive online gambling company based in the UK, for a sum of $347.5 million. Paradise Poker has a ton of players online at any given time, and they also boast high volumes of players that play non-traditional poker games. There are thousands of players available for ring games, and huge tournaments are also pretty standard.

The Paradise Masters is a series of nine events that take place over a period of nine days. There is over $4 million in guaranteed prizes, and the tournament’s main event concludes with a televised display of the final table live in the Bahamas. Paradise Poker also has the million dollar free-roll, which is a tournament that you cannot pay to qualify for. To qualify for this largest freeroll tourney in the world, players must win a series of free satellite tournaments. Paradise Poker also offers guaranteed pot tourneys and qualifiers for the World Series of Poker.

The graphics and overall game play at Paradise Poker are smooth and fluid. At times, especially during tournament play, the software does seem to lag a bit. Still, the note taking, statistics, and lobby information are pretty helpful, and the overall functionality of the site is clean.

Paradise Poker’s signup bonus isn’t all that crazy. Players get a 25 percent cash bonus up to a maximum of $40. There is no time limit for the bonus, but players have to play 500 raked hands to claim the cash. Paradise Poker does not have a player points program, or a loyalty bonus.

Paradise Poker accepts the following deposit options: NetTeller, FirePay, Visa, MasterCard, wire transfer and bank draft. The minimum deposit is $50. Payouts are pretty quick, as is the customer support (although email is the only support option offered).

Paradise Poker is a good place to play a lot of hands, or play at multiple tables simultaneously. The variety of games and tournaments are appealing, as is the service. The site could be a bit more friendly with its bonuses, and as such, this online poker room seems to attract more experienced players. With stern competition, beginners might want to try and practice before going against the players at Paradise Poker.

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