I’ve probably signed up with 15 or 20 different gaming sites over the years as I’m sure most online players have as well. Party Poker, Bodog, Absolute Poker (before the Potripper scandal) – I’ve been around the block.If you are anything like me, then you probably have never actually read those pesky terms and conditions statements. After all, they are long, densely legal and usually the last thing standing between you and another poker outlet – most people click “I agree” with as much understanding of what they are agreeing to as Helen Keller had of the color blue. So for the next little while, we’ll go through the Party Poker Terms and Conditions of Use Contract in plain English.
First, PartyBets Limited (who must own Party Poker) based out of Gibraltar establishes themselves as the “Group,” “We,” “Us” and “Our” used in the remainder of the contract. It is important to note that you are referred to as the end user, not just “you,” so if someone gets a hold of your information and acts as the end user the door is open for PartyBets to hold you accountable for their actions. It is solely your responsibility to keep your password and account name private. Furthermore, if you agree to a translation of the contract which fails to take into account these linguistic intricacies, the English language version prevails in any dispute regardless of a subpar translation.
Back to terms and conditions – once you agree to the terms by clicking “I agree,” then you cannot renege unless you give them 7 days written notice.
You must be 18 years old to use the Services (online gaming) and they can ask you for proof of your age any time they want. They are required to give your information to government authorities if you are found to be in non-compliance with Law. If for any reason you run into legal issues, it is not their responsibility to provide you with any legal advice or counsel.
Once you select your preferred currency (i.e. US dollars, Euros etc., etc.) you can only change your preferred currency once unless a special arrangement is made with them through their customer services departments. If they have to stop accepting a particular currency for any reason, they can make you change your preferred currency.
You can withdraw money whenever you want provided there are no outstanding payments. However, if you are using a debit/credit card or e-wallet then they can take up to 14 days to give you your money.
You have to use your real name in the creation of the account and anytime they feel like it, they can ask for multiple forms of identification. You can only have one account and if they find out that you have more than one they can take action against you. Failure to meet identification will result in the suspension of your account.
If you work for them or for anybody who works with them, neither you nor your relatives (defined as spouse, child, partner, parent or sibling) can sign up.
If you cheat then they can end your account AND take all of your money regardless of whether or not you cheated to get it all.
You give them the authority to contact independent financial institutions (banks) to act on your behalf in the transfer of any fund you request without notifying you first. So if the bank you normally use suddenly closes down and you need to cash out, they can go through a different bank to get you your money provided that it does not cost any more than regularly.
Any bonuses that they offer come with their own terms and conditions which you have to satisfy.
You can cash out mostly whenever you want with the notable exception of gift certificates and inter-account transfers (money given to one account from another.) In the case of gift certificates and transfers, you must first accumulate 15% of the value in USD in player points. This means that for every $1 in a gift certificate, you have to contribute $0.15 to the house rake before that money is released to you.
If you don’t log on to your account for 180 days then your account is declared inactive and they can charge you an undisclosed monthly administrative fee.
You can’t curse or be offensive in game chat nor can you make disparaging remarks about Party Poker or any other subsidiary of the parent company in any media or forum. Penalties for breaking either of these statutes range from account suspension to “other action as may be reasonably required by the Group to ensure compliance.” So that’s not an idle threat, and the language leaves the door open for possible libel lawsuits. Don’t get testy over some bad beats and go accusing Party Poker of being rigged on a forum, because if they decide to care, they can get legal.
If there is a system error (wrong bet or pot) then they will seek to set every involved party in the same place that they were before the system error. Generally this would entail making any and all bets made during the hand with the error in question null and void. The operative word here is “seek” as it means that they have to try but not necessarily succeed. It’s made rather clear over and over throughout the contract that the end user (you) is playing at their own risk.
They can terminate your account if: they find out you have cheated on any other site, you break any portion of the terms and conditions contract, you have declared bankruptcy or you have refuted any deposit or purchase made on the site. So no impulse buys.
If you break the contract and they move forward with legal action then you have to pay for their legal services as well as your own.
If you do have a complaint then you have to make it known to them as soon as possible in writing (either through email or their address: Player Claims, ElectraWorks Limited, Suite 711, Block 7, Europort.)
All use of their website and other correspondences with them (phone, email, etc., etc.) should be assumed to be recorded. Which does not mean that they all are, but that they all could be if the Group wanted.
All actions fall under the legal jurisdiction of Alderney.
They have the authority to change these terms provided they send you notification of the change and 30 days to leave the agreement without penalty.
When it comes to sports betting, they can use symbols as a short-hand as long as there is a help section which denotes the specific meaning of each symbol. The maximum amount of money you can win any 7 day period is $250,000 USD and it is your responsibility to remember that that it is all that they will pay you. So you could be owed $3,000,000 but they will only pay you $250,000.
Once a bet is accepted and verified by the security system, it cannot be cancelled.
You can’t hedge your bets by betting on conflicting outcomes to offset potential losses.
At any time they feel like it for any reason that they feel like it, they can eliminate any sports betting service (that portion of the site itself) without notifying you. This does not mean that if you have just won a huge bet (say you put money on Buster Douglas over Mike
Tyson) that the
y can shut down business and not have to pay you – it just means that after they pay you they can shut down without telling you.
Unfair play (basically, cheating) is defined as one of the following five practices: 1, multi-accounting or playing more than one account simultaneously, 2, collusion or sharing information with another player at the table to gain an advantage, 3, rating manipulation or going into low-stakes play and losing on purpose with the intent to go up in stakes with a fraudulently low rating, 4, extracting player profiles or buying a large database of player profiles sold by an independent company and 5, using a Bot or an AI program which plays in your stead. If you are found to be unfairly playing they can: tell you to stop, suspend your account without telling you or just terminate your account and take all of your money.
By clicking on “I Accept” you agree that their Random Number Generator (RNG) is in fact, truly random and creating an absolutely random outcome in terms of shuffled cards and hole cards. If you have any reservations about the authenticity of any RNG then take a long hard look at section 28.8 entitled “Settlement of In-Game Disputes.”
So there is my totally unqualified (meaning I’ve never been to Law School nor am I working lawyer) paraphrasing of the Party Poker terms and conditions contract. Some of the things in there are a little surprising so it might be worth it for you (the end user) to give it a read. For example, I was a set aback by the “no talking trash in forums” clause because there are so many players who go a little overboard on forums. I wonder how many of them know that they are in danger of being banned and sued at their own expense?