PartyPoker Players See Range of Changes in Latest Updates

PartyPoker Players See Range of Changes in Latest Updates

The last time PartyPoker made substantial changes to its poker client was in April. And since that time, the operator has been working on more improvements to stay on top of its game.

In April, Mac users had been asking for changes, and they were rolled out with a major update that included a tournament search function, prize pool column, and a wait list button and preferences function in the lobby. More tournaments and guarantees were added to the weekly Power Series, along with mega satellites, and the MILLIONS leaderboard was introduced for Mac players.

Less than two weeks later, PartyPoker implemented changes for Mac and PC users in the form of PPL$$$, a form of currency that made it easier for players who won satellites to LIVE events to collect funds and decide how to spend them, with 12 months to make those choices. Additionally, the site took player feedback to heart to remove rake from bounties in progressive knockout tournaments (PKOs). Player comments were championed by PartyPoker Ambassador Patrick Leonard, and the change was implemented on a six-month trial basis to evaluate the results.

Now, PartyPoker is back with another major software update that includes everything from table changes to MTT filters and better Power Series structures.

New Table Features

Some of the table views have been refined and enhanced, specifically the oval and racetrack styles, though players can also design their own felt, floor, and background in some games. Creating an ideal playing space, even virtually, can affect the way players are able to focus and simply enjoy the view.

Cards were also updated to make hole cards bigger and easier to see at a glance. Cards will also be shown in a fanned sequence instead of one at a time, which is due to the implementation of a new animation feature. Player names and chip counts were also increased in size, making it simpler to see all of those details quickly. Along the same lines, the “player notes” section of the screen now allows color customization for an even more personalized experience.

A digital countdown timer was added, as was a new style of bet slider. The slider size now allows for greater ease when entering larger bet sizes. And the time bank was moved per player feedback and is incorporated into the slider.

According to PartyPoker Head of Product Ross McQuater, “We hope players love the new table designs and enjoy a smoother, more optimized playing experience thanks to various technical improvements. Look out for more exciting software enhancements over the coming weeks and months.”

Updated Power Series

Since the Power Series is PartyPoker’s signature regular tournament schedule, player input is essential to keep players in the games and to bring new ones into the fold. This is why the customer service team is constantly tracking suggestions, and site pros and ambassadors do the same via social media and in-person conversations. And many of those comments are being implemented over the coming weeks.

All bounty tournaments, including progressive knockouts, will become freezeouts, meaning there will be no reentries. There will also be fewer reentry events in the general multi-table tournament schedule. Other changes will include less late registration time and better structures. The goal was to decrease the time it takes to play tournaments and increase players’ average stacks later in events. According to the notice, the new “smooth” structure will not increase the cost per round by more than 10%.

More changes to tournaments will also be noticeable by the time POWERFEST begins on September 2. For the first time, Mix-Max tournaments will be available, which are events that start eight-handed or nine-handed, reduce to six-max midway through, and end with heads-up play. Competitors will also notice that showdown will occur if a hand is checked down on the river.

Any multi-table tournament player will soon be able to filter their MTT lobby by a custom buy-in range, eliminating the plethora of tournaments that they cannot or do not want to play from cluttering their list of tournament options.

Finally, fans of Sit & Go Jackpot games will be able to register for up to 12 of them at a time.

 

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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