Paradise Poker - The Grandaddy Of All Poker Rooms
One of the very first internet poker rooms, Paradise have been around since 1999 and so they must be doing something right. They have recently been acquired by the UK's SportingBet group, and this has resulted in some staggering new promotions - including two $1,000,000 freerolls since August 2005. There are usually plenty of players at the tables, and the standard of opposition is fairly soft. The software is reliable, and it's quick and reasonably easy on the eye. Where Paradise really scores is on Customer Service - it has helpful and well informed staff always eager to help. In addition fellow players are just about the friendliest on the web, creating a real "club" feel. You can also play a wider variety of games than you can at most sites – 5 card stud, 5 card draw and Crazy Pineapple for example. For low limit players, there is no rake at micro limits. In the past Paradise havent offered as many give-aways and freerolls as some other sites, but that's changing now, and if you want the security that your money is safe and you will be well looked after, this site is a good bet. For players based in the UK, Paradise will also let you deposit and withdraw on your debit card, making the whole process much simpler. Note that when you withdraw via this method, the software tells you that you have requested a payment by cheque. The money, however, still shows up in your bank account around 24-48 hours later.
Best Current Deposit Bonus Offer
BONUSES are not easy to clear at Paradise, and in the past it has been true that once you are signed up you are unlikely to receive any further sweeteners. The take-over by SportingBet Plc seems to have brought a change of policy, and Paradise recently held the world's biggest online poker freeroll - with a $1,000,000 first prize. New give-aways are promised for the future. In the meantime, if you're looking for good service, good software and a reliable home for your cash, then sign up. If you are looking for the best bonus offers, there are other sites such as Ultimate Bet that offer more generous bonuses, and sites such as Party Poker that offer bonuses that are easier to clear.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Download the software for free from paradisepoker (download = approx 5MB).
Create an account by entering your name and address and choosing a screen name. You can now play on-line for play money. To play for real money, click "Create a real money account" and make a deposit.
Visa, Mastercard, NETeller, FirePay, wire transfer, checks. UK citizens can deposit straight from & to their bank accounts via debit card – a very convenient option.
Click the link for an explanation of poker deposit options .
Site Info At A Glance
REPUTABLE, ESTABLISHED & TRUSTWORTHY?
One of the longest established sites on the web, running since 1999, and backed by SportingBet Plc. No reported problems with payouts. Random shuffle independently certified, cash handled over secure server, 24/7 customer support.
Texas Hold Em, Omaha Hi, Omaha Hi Low, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi Low, 5 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw, Crazy Pineapple.
Yes – Sit And Go, Freeroll, Multi-table and Value-added tournaments.
ANY CHANCE OF MORE FREE MONEY?
Historically, very little chance. This is changing, but even so make the most of the sign-up bonus. Players stick around at Paradise because they offer excellent service and reliable software. What they don't offer is very many give-aways.