WPT Poker Review
WPT Poker is the second largest skin of the PartyGaming Network, behind flagship room PartyPoker. Main differences include the software client, a larger sign up bonus, and the support email. WPT’s playerpool and VIP program are identical to Party’s.
PartyPoker overhauled its software client in Sep 2013 – WPT Poker didn’t make the switch, so you can expect the classic PartyGaming lobby and tables of years past.
The lobby tabs and buttons allow you to filter games by stake, no. of seats, table type (regular, jackpot or anonymous), quick search, and set favorites. Game types include:
- Cash Games
- FastForward (fast-fold format cash games)
- Sit & Gos
Party and WPT recently added Casual tables marked by a smiley in the lobby. These are for players who only grind 1 table, i.e. recreationals.
Players can set preferred seating, auto-buy in options, keyboard shortcuts, and have the option to change:
- Deck Color
- Card Colors (including 4-color cards)
- Table Color
Players can also resize, tile and cascade tables. 18 tables is the max that can be played at simultaneously.
Withdrawals at WPT Poker are consistently reliable and prompt. Account balances are considered as secure as possible as PartyGaming plc is a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange.
The PartyGaming network is the fourth highest trafficked poker network, with a 7 day average player pool of over 1500 players.
SNG traffic is low in comparison to larger sites. MTTs attract fields of 100 – 200 players for e.g. the weekly $200k and monthly $500k GTD events.
Cash game rake at WPT Poker is the standard up to 5% of post-flop pots, less at higher stakes or in large pots that hit the rake cap.
Tournament fees are typically 10% of the buy-in, less at high stakes or up to 20% at microstakes.
WPT Poker doesn’t currently offer flat rakeback, instead using a VIP program to reward players. Players earn 2 WPT points per $1 in rake paid and convert these to bonuses in the Points Store.
The Palladium VIP club awards up to 30% equivalent rakeback. The $100 welcome bonus adds 33% rakeback over your first $300 raked on the site (bonuses are cleared in 600 WPT points, in ten instalments over 60 days or less).
Currently promotions are mostly tournament based, e.g. qualifiers to play live on the World Poker Tour, and step tournaments to freeroll into Sunday majors. Others promos include Bankroll Booster freerolls, and the refer-a-friend bonus.
WPT also offers a full casino to their players, in a separate software client. Being able to use your balance in the casino is guaranteed to have some fish occasionally wander in the games looking to “gamble it up”.
By James Spillane, Rakeback.com Content Manager