Party Poker has long been known as place to go to catch unsuspecting poker "fish". What are fish? Well they are players who are just starting to learn to play poker or who have been around for a while but just aren't very good. They are prey of poker "sharks" and traditional hunting ground for last while has been Party Poker.
Well bad news for sharks is that fish pool seems to have dried up! It just isn't as easy as it used to be to clean up at Party Poker. There are a few possible reasons as to why this might have happened and they are outlined below.
More competition from other sites.
Party Poker Ring tournament tables – where you just join in and play - have a minimum betting level of $0.50/$1.00 for their real money poker games. This is actually one of highest entry levels in industry, many sites now offer $0.25/$0.50 tables and there are even some who go as low as $0.10/$0.25 and $0.05/$0.10. The minimum deposit at Party Poker is also high, currently it's $50 and again this is much higher than some sites.
Increased awareness through books and ebooks.
Recently there's been a large number of books and ebooks on subject of Party Poker, leading to more educated players at site. The information in books usually tends to be along same lines and is basically fairly sound advice, so with more and more people buying and reading these poker manuals standard of play is bound to improve.