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Paradise Poker Review and Bonus Code

Updated 6 January 2007

Overall
85
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Ease of Competition
82
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Tournaments
81
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Customer Service
92
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Software
79
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Overview
Paradise used to be the largest online poker room and progressively shrunk to one of the smallest rooms on the internet. However, its player base was recently bolstered following a merge onto Boss Media's International Poker Network. Now, Paradise Poker is no longer a standalone cardroom, but it does have a sizable player base.

Games here are available in several different currencies. The rake can ultimately be higher in games played for pounds or Euros.

Bonus
Paradise Poker has a 100% bonus up to $100. To claim this bonus, use bonus code firstbonus when making a deposit. The bonus has a fairly good clearing rate. More details can be found in our Paradise Poker Bonus Review.

Promotions
Currently, Paradise Poker is not running any significant promotions. They have a frequent player points system that allows points accumulated in cash games to be used for freeroll tournaments. The prizes in most of these freeroll tournaments are seats to real-money tournaments on the network.

Tournaments
This network is loaded with small buy-in no-limit hold'em tournaments. Each Sunday they have a $100+$9 tournament with $100,000 in guaranteed prizes. They also run a daily $50+$5 tournament with a deep stack structure that has a $4,000 guaranteed prize pool. The $10+$1 tournament with a $6,000 guaranteed prize pool is quite popular among small stakes players.

Software
From a visual standpoint, Paradise Poker's software might be the best out there. It is smooth and pleasant, and hands are dealt much faster on their new software than on their previous, standalone software.

The lobby offers statistics on flop percentage, hands per hour, and average pot. This makes it easy to judge whether a game is loose or tight before opening the window.

One feature I always liked about Paradise Poker's software that is still intact on their new version is the player chat bubbles. Instead of the chat appearing in a box on the corner of the table, it also appears in a chat bubble by the player's icon.

Table windows can be expanded to full screen size. A filter allows for the blocking of games played in undesired currencies.

Rake
Paradise Poker's rake structure can be worse for players if they play games in certain currencies.

If you play a game in pounds, a $3 max rake becomes a £3 max rake! This means you may end up needlessly paying an extra $2.50 in rake. For micro-stakes games, the rake is never large enough for this to matter. However, for most games, the rake will be higher if they are played in pounds or Euros

If you decide to play at this site, I recommend that you generally play games in dollars. That way you do not needlessly bleed money away in rake.

Competition Level
This site's competition is fairly typical. The small-stakes games have horrible competition, but the games get tougher as the stakes increase. Most of the no-limit cash games are played five-handed on this network. This makes Paradise Poker potentially more profitable than other sites due the large volume of decisions players face at the table.

Customer Service
Paradise Poker offers e-mail customer service as well as live chat support. The customer service is handled by agents of SportingBet, the company that recently bought Paradise Poker.

Ring Games Offered
Texas Hold'em, Omaha hi-lo, Omaha, 7-Stud, 7-Stud hi-lo, 5-card draw

Fixed Limits: $.10-$.20 to $500-$1,000
NL & PL Blinds: $.05-$.10 to $25-$50

Tournaments Offered
Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha hi-lo, 7-Stud, 7-Stud hi-lo, 5-card draw

Single-Table: $3 to $5000
Multi-Table: $1 to $500

Minimum Deposit
$20

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