Party Poker or Full Tilt: which operator is better?
Making sure you get the best bonus, the right poker games and the site features to suit you is important before committing to a poker operator. Party Poker and Full Tilt are two of the biggest poker operators in the game, so how can you decide which one to sign up with?
Check out how they compare below to help making that decision a little easier.
|Range of tournaments:||16/20||18/20|
|Our verdict:||A smaller operator with an attainable welcome bonus.||
The biggest operator with the widest range of tournaments.
|Website:||Party Poker||Full Tilt Poker|
Welcome bonus – Party Poker
New customers on both sites are rewarded with a bonus when they sign up and deposit but the deals are slightly different:
- Party Poker: deposit £10 and get £20 extra to play with;
- Full Tilt Poker: 100% first deposit bonus up to a maximum of £600.
Although the Full Tilt bonus is bigger at £600, acquiring the full amount would require depositing your own £600 first of all. The funds are also released in 10% chunks, meaning that if you do deposit $600, the bonus will be released in £60 installments.
The £20 bonus may seem small but it only requires a £10 spend and is released immediately to play with.
Range of tournaments – Full Tilt
Full Tilt is undoubtedly the bigger site. As well as offering a wider range of tournaments, they cater to US players where Party Poker doesn't.
Players can find regular tournaments with low buy-ins on both sites, such as Full Tilt's Sit & Go micro-stakes tournaments starting at £1.
You can also play in tournaments with bigger payouts like the Full Tilt FTOPS and MiniFTOPs series with total jackpots reaching more than $2million.
Lobby – Party Poker
The lobby is where you see and select the games happening on the site. Both sites have a lobby with filters to better find what you're looking for.
The Full Tilt lobby has everything you would expect: a clear view of the available games and filters.
The Party Poker lobby is slightly better for its automatic Favourites filter, showing you the games you play most frequently, and it's 1 Click feature: simply hover over the game and enter an amount in the pop-up box to start playing. You can also give games a star rating to better narrow your search.
Mobile apps – Draw
Both of the operators offers a mobile app compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices. You can play on both apps using your existing online account.
Both apps offer the following features:
- Multi-table tournaments including No-Limit Texas Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha;
- Thousands of tables in Sit and Go tournaments playing with stakes starting from a pound;
- Casino games;
- An easy-to-use lobby with filters;
- Account management.
There's not much in it, but we rank Full Tilt Poker just superior for its slightly more sophisticated playing interface.
Our verdict: Party Poker
When it comes to choosing between the two, Party Poker just takes it. Although Full Tilt is the bigger and more developed site, Party Poker still has a very good range of tournaments and nice site and app features. In this case, the commercial underdog has the advantage. Though it might look small, the £20 bonus is far easier to take advantage of and the site's more advanced lobby makes it easier to find and track the games you want to play.
When your choice is made, make sure to brush up before with the top 5 best online poker tutorials before heading to the table.