With the new upgrade of Party came side bets (betting on the color of the flop = -EV) and blackjack (= -EV). If you want to get rid of those “features” here’s how:
Fire up Explorer and go to C:\Program Files\PartyPoker\Images
Either rename or replace table_bj_button.jpg (the blackjack button)
Either rename or replace SideBetBG.jpg (the sidebet button)
Next time you fire up Party, those buttons will no longer appear (or the graphic you selected will appear).
[UPDATE] Why is the side bet -EV? (26/52)*(25/51)*(24/50) = 11.76% Payout is 12.5% (1 for 8 = 7:1 = 12.5%). That gives the house a 0.74% advantage. Or if you like round numbers, you’re getting 7:1 on a roughly 8:1 shot.