Party Poker offers downloadable software as well as a browser based solution for those who play from a Mac or under a non-Windows OS. The downloadable version is recommended for the full game experience. To download and install the software, just click the download link on this page and follow the instructions. When the first pop-up appears, IE users should click “run”. Firefox and Google Chrome users click “Save file”. IE users will have the software installed automatically. All they need to do from that point on is to acknowledge the pop-up alerts as the wizard installs the program files. Firefox and Chrome users will be required to click on the downloaded install kit to get things going. On a decent system, the client only takes a few seconds to install. The download size is a mere 10 MB.
The system requirements aren’t exactly stellar either. All you need is a system with at least 256 MB of RAM and a graphics card from this decade. The sound card is optional: if you don’t have one, you’ll still be able to play, of course, without sounds, but that is not necessarily a setback. All those using the downloadable software will have to have a Windows Vista/XP/7/2000 operating system. The software doesn’t run on earlier versions.
Those on a Mac, only have to log onto the site and to hit the “Instant play” button. They need to have Java installed. The browser based variant of the software is loaded within a few seconds.