Party Poker Sports (formerly Party Bets) is an online bookmaker owned by the creators of Party Poker (one of the internet’s biggest poker sites). They are licensed in both Gibraltar and the United Kingdom and promise to offer customers a wide range of sports and great customer service. The firm started off focusing on poker, so now they have diversified their offerings, are they able to maintain a high quality of service and a great product? We find out in this review.
Party Poker Sports haven’t done anything particularly daring when it comes to their website design, and with Bwin behind them, they have stuck to the common three-column layout that has proved so successful with European and Asian bookmakers. On the left-hand side of the page, bettors can access their desired sports and once they have clicked on a link, a drop-down menu will appear with the various countries/matches and markets etc. The centre of the page is populated by top bets, highlights for the country the bettor is signed in from, and international highlights. Users can see their bets in the bet slip on the right-hand side of the page and there are also odds for live betting underneath.
For those bettors who like to be informed about each contest before they strike their wager, Party Poker Sports offer a statistics section which covers a wide range of different sports. Market leader Betradar power the statistics, so clients are getting the best information.
At the bottom of the page, users can choose from a variety of languages offered by Party Poker Sports. The bookie can be viewed in English, German, Spanish, French, Romanian, Russian, Greek, Polish, Swedish, Hungarian and Portuguese (Brazilian).
Bonuses For Newbies?
At present, Party Poker Sports do not provide new customers with a sign-up bonus on the bookmaker. There is a small concession for users of the poker room, but this is an area that Party Poker Sports could work on to attract more casual bettors.
Sports Markets & Odds
Party Poker Sports offer an extensive list of sports for bettors to get their teeth stuck into. Virtually all major and popular sports and events are covered and clients are very well catered for. As a European facing bookmaker, football is by far the most popular and covered sport.
There are over 30 different regions covered from around the world. On top of the major footballing nations such as England, Spain, Italy and Germany, Party Poker Sports also provide odds on markets from Singapore, South Korea, Paraguay, Faroe Islands, China and Iceland.
The early odds for the new Premier League matches are not that competitive, with most matches compiling to 106.5-107% (the closer to 100% the better). It is however difficult to be too critical of the prices offered by Party Poker Sports as at the time of review, there are nearly 2 months before the matches kick off and as such there is little known about transfers, and the team line ups etc. As a result, most firms price up their markets a little conservatively in the early stages. In addition to the betting on each game, there are also ante-post options such as Relegation, Finishing Position, Top Scorer etc.
Odds on tennis matches compiled to 105.5-106% which sits at around the industry standard. The match winner bets are often shunned by bettors when there is a gulf in class between two players, and other markets offered by Party Poker Sports that entice clients are Total Games, Set Winner, Total Number Of Sets, Correct Score, Come From Behind etc.
With the baseball season in full swing, there are plenty of opportunities for lovers of the American game to have a wager. 24 hours before a MLB match between the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees, the odds worked out to 104.5%, which is a pretty strong and fair book to bettors. The Moneyline is popular, but Party Poker Sports also compile prices for Totals, Run Line Spread, First Run Scored, Extra Innings etc.
Some of the more niche sports covered are biathlon, cross country skiing, cycling, bandy, ski jumping and chess. Although the markets for these sports aren’t deep (there are often just odds for the outright winner of certain events), and the margins are not as low as for the mainstream sports, it is a nice touch for Party Poker Sports to offer these events.
Currency & Payments
Customers can deposit and play on Party Poker Sports using several different currencies. These are US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Australian Dollars, Euros and Japanese Yen.
Party Poker Sports provide customers with a dearth of options when it comes to funding their account. These methods do not incur fees and include:
Visa – Min £10/Max £50,000
MasterCard – Min £10/Max £50,000
Instant Bank Transfer – Min £10/Max £500
Bank Transfer – Min £10/Max £60,000
Maestro – Min £10/Max £3,000
GoPlay MasterCard – Min £10/Max £5,000
EntroPay – Min £10/Max £50,000
Paypal – Min £10/Max £10,000 (excluded to German players)
Neteller – Min £7.67/ Max £38,363.27
Skrill – Min £10/Max £50,000
Paysafecard – Min £10/Max £750
Diners Club – Min £7.67/ Max £76,726.55
The withdrawal methods are dependent upon which payment type the bettors used when funding their account.
Party Poker Sports don’t restrict residents from too many countries, but there are a handful who are unfortunately unable to wager with the bookie. Those restricted countries are; Bulgaria, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey, United States and Yemen
With an extensive reach across the bookmaker, casino and poker world, it comes as no surprise that Party Poker Sports have a comprehensive customer support system. The support is available 24/7 and the phone numbers vary by which country the customer is from. For the UK, bettors can reach representatives on 00-800-7278-9100 and the generic toll number is 00-350-20050509.
There are two e-mail addresses depending on what queries customers have:
24/7 Customer Service Department – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cashier Team – email@example.com
Party Poker Sports have an extensive FAQ section that covers all services they offer on the website. In addition to general questions, there are also more specific rules regarding different sports, sign up options, legal resources and much more.
Betting On The Move
While there is a downloadable app for poker players, users of the bookie have to make do with a mobile optimised website. Once players land on the website from a handheld device, they can click the ‘Bets’ link which is located in the upper right corner of the screen. From there, bettors can select from a drop-down list of sports. There is also a search bar to access sports quickly. The pages don’t load immediately but it couldn’t be described as an unresponsive mobile website. Everything is easy to navigate around and the setup is intuitive for users. When a bet is selected, the bet slip will reflect the addition by having a number with the count of total bets. It would be nice to have a downloadable mobile app but the site which works on all smart phones, suffices.
Party Poker Sports provide great choice for clients and they have a smooth-running service. Are they market leading? No. But they are solid and the more bookmakers accounts in a bettor’s arsenal, the better.