One of the true forefathers of online poker, Paradise Poker launched in 1999 and lead the way in the industry for several years. More and more competition in the industry, however, lead to Paradise being acquired by Sportingbet, Plc. in 2005. The Paradise Poker player base diminished again in the wake of the UIGEA, which led to a decision for the site to join forces with a larger poker network in early 2007.
The site now resides with Boss Media and the International Poker Network, but the games are loose and juicy as always with the same nice bonuses and guaranteed tournaments. Since the merger, Paradise Poker has further spiced up their offerings and added several new live tournament satellites and special tournaments.
The software developed by Boss Media has all standard functions familiar to players with player notes and multi-currency play and deposit options. The games played at Paradise Poker are mainly Texas Hold'em. There are also plenty of tournaments, guaranteed tournaments and freerolls with good value.
Overall, the traffic volume at Paradise is in the middle segment of the industry. Real-money player statistics as of November 2015 show 3300 ring-game players at peak hours and 13000 tournament players at peak hours.
Bonus Code and Promotions
Paradise Poker offers a €€1,000 bonus at 200% match for players who sign up through a PokerListings link.
Exclusive Paradise Poker bonus code for PokerListings players: Listings1000
Plus: All PL players are eligible for up to a €150 ($215 USD) reload bonus. Enter code plreload into the bonus field when you deposit.
Bonus Payout: Bonuses are cleared at a rate of €5 for every 100 frequent player points. One point is earned for every real-money hand a player takes part in with a rake of at least 25¢. For tournament play, one point is earned for every dollar paid in tournament fees. Once the bonus is initiated players have 90 days to fulfill the bonus requirements.
Paradise Poker does not run a specific loyalty program. Still, players can expect to benefit from reload bonuses as a part of their membership. Paradise Poker does however run great promotions, including reload and VIP bonuses and offers excellent value satellite tournaments.
The room also has a standing membership referral scheme where players can earn up to 50€ for each referral, and a dedicated affiliate program that presents great opportunities for players to make extra money.Paradise Poker has even been known to offer no-deposit bonuses up to a groundbreaking 1,000€.
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Tournaments and Freerolls
Paradise Poker hosts a lot of low-limit buy-in tournaments as well as a variety of satellites to major events for as little as $1.
The biggest volume is definitely in the small buy-in and guaranteed tournaments offered. Play at any level is relatively loose, but there is some surprisingly skilled opposition in the higher buy-in tournaments.
Paradise Poker also hosts a number of guaranteed tournaments and qualifiers to live events like the Aussie Millions and the Paradise Poker Tour. Check out the monthly Paradise Poker League tournaments that run monthly for some great value.
Paradise Poker also offers a number of freerolls for players looking to build their bankroll from scratch.
Software and Graphics
Paradise Poker has changed its software considerably over the years but the current iteration – which is provided by Swedish developer Boss Media – is the best yet. The software is very stable, features multi-currency deposit options and is very functional and playable. On the flipside it tends to be a little slow when starting tables.
Paradise Poker offers multi-table play and users can open up to five tables simultaneously if they're looking for more action than one table can provide. The graphics are sharp and designed with the signature island theme of Paradise Poker.
One nice added feature of Paradise Poker is the ability to access live help through any part of the software. For a direct and free Paradise Poker download, click the download link above.
The competition at Paradise Poker is incredibly soft at the lower levels but it gets considerably tougher at the higher stakes.
In general play is very loose making it a great place for skilled poker players. For players looking for the juiciest tables the micro Hold’em and Omaha tables are almost always the best choice.