PartyPoker To Make Changes For Fairer Competition


Oct 2015

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PartyPoker to make changes

The huge online room, PartyPoker, has decided to make a few changes to their overall software that is supposed to help make the games fairer and the competition more even between the players. The problem that many have encountered when playing is that some players use third-party software that gives them extra advantages that players that don’t use the software do not receive. So, over the next few weeks, partypoker plans on taking steps to prevent players from using third-party software with three unique changes to their client.

The three basic changes are:

  • Players will be able to view the last 12 months of their own hand histories within the Missions icon in the partypoker software, but hand histories will no longer be able to be downloaded and saved to local devices.
  • Players wishing to wait for a cash game will join the room-wide waiting list and be randomly seated when a seat that matches their preference when it becomes available.
  • Players joining a cash game will see the names of their opponents only once their first hand is dealt.

With these changes, players will no longer be able to use tracking software and heads-up displays (HUDs), prevent from sharing hand history databases, and stop the use of seating scripts that are used to locate and target lower skilled players, which function places them into the “God seat.” These changes are vetted by Tony Dunst, a partypoker ambassador and World Poker Tour champion, as he states,

“These changes at partypoker are designed to create a more hospitable environment for recreational players. Unfortunately, many of the tools and tactics that professionals use to maximize their edge have made the games too difficult for new players to survive. Without them, grinders will merely pass money back and forth while being raked, and games will inevitably dry up. I think these changes will help level the playing field for casual players, and preserve the quality of games for professionals.”

This way, both recreational and professional players can enjoy playing poker, as this will help preserve the quality of the games. Hopefully these changes will truly level the playing field, as it is a great room to play in.