Paddy Power Poker is the online poker room brought to us by the Irish chaps behind the popular betting and bingo sites. In addition to great poker, this site offers some extremely attractive bonuses. All new players who set up real money online poker accounts with Paddy Power Poker receive a 150% sign-up bonus on their initial deposit up to a massive $600. This is one of the biggest online poker sign-up bonuses available today.
Paddy Power Poker is part of the iPoker network, the fastest growing network in Europe. iPoker offers cutting edge graphics and is considered feature-rich poker software. There is also over $3M to be won every month in their great free entry and guaranteed tournaments. Some unique aspects of the iPoker network include an easily navigable lobby, real-time hand and transaction histories and a buddy list so you can keep in contact with your poker friends. A useful feature for beginners is the ‘view highest hand' option whilst at the table - this shows you your current highest hand, just in case you missed something (let's face it, we've all hit a straight once or twice and didn't even realise it until afterwards!). Paddy Poker also offer beginner-only tables that only allow beginners and this is a great place for people to learn without sharks.
Paddy Power Poker graphics are crystal clear and as you'd expect from the cheeky Irish lads, tables are of course emerald green and the general design of the site is easy to use whilst being great fun. During play you have the option of hearing the dealer announcing the action and control over what player avatar you would like to use. In addition you can choose from four different colour decks, which is advisable on iPoker as the cards are not easily distinguished. For the multiple table players, there is a "mini mode" view, which allows you to play 4 tables on a 1024x728 screen without overlap so you can stay on top of all the action.
Paddy Power Poker has a strong following already; on average they'll be 8,000 - 10,000 real money players at the cash tables, and around 30,000 playing the tournaments.
As with most other UK poker sites the most popular games are fixed limit & no-limit Texas Hold'em. There is also a great selection of full-ring and 6-max games to choose from, at a range of limits too. Omaha is fast becoming a favourite alongside Texas Hold'em with a strong following from European players.
After the success of the betting and bingo sites it seems that Paddy Power really can do it all and the poker site completely lives up their extremely high standards.