PartyPoker Introduces More Recreational Centric ChangesSeptember 29, 2016 10:46 am
In 2015, PartyPoker introduced a number of changes designed to favor its recreational players over professional grinders, including doing away with “bum-hunting” and enabling players to remain anonymous at the site’s cash game tables. Building on its success, PartyPoker has now announced a slew of further innovations that should help enhance its poker ecology.
From October 5th, any cash game hand histories downloaded will only contain an alias name of the players involved, and furthermore detailed statistics on an opponents will no longer be available, with a player subsequently only able to see detailed statistics of their own play.
Another major change involves banning ‘seating scripts’, or programs which allow players to scan a site’s cash game lobby for weaker players, and reserve a seat next to them after they sit down to play. Any player found using such programs will receive a warning on the first occasion, with their accounts subsequently closed for any further infraction. Commenting on the recent batch of changes, Tom Waters, PartyPoker Head of Poker, explained:
“It’s important for us to provide all poker players with a fair and ethical product whilst still allowing them to learn and improve. We want partypoker to offer a level playing field that allows players of all abilities to compete fairly.”
Launched in 2001, PartyPoker grew into the world’s biggest online poker site before the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006 forced it to withdraw from the US market. In the aftermath, PartyPoker suffered declining revenues, and last year Bwin.party CEO Norbert Teufelberger said it was no longer a priority for the company to revive its poker product. Things have improved since September 2015, however, after GVC Holdings acquired Bwin.party for £1.1 billion, with the transaction finalized on the February 1st of this year. According to tracking site PokerScout, PartyPoker is currently the 5th busiest poker site in the world with an average of 950 cash game players over a 7-day period.