More Changes At PokerStars

More Changes At PokerStars

Thursday, 11 February 2016

PokerStars has announced that it will be replacing regular heads-up cash games with its Zoom variant from tomorrow as it continues efforts to become more amateur-friendly.

The move from the world’s largest online poker site was reportedly revealed earlier this week via e-mails sent to regular heads-up cash game players and has been designed to reduce ‘predatory behaviour’ and ‘enhance the player experience’.

“These changes are part of PokerStars’ ongoing strategic plan to improve the poker ecosystem and enhance the player experience,” said Eric Hollreiser, Corporate Communications Vice-President for PokerStars parent Amaya Incorporated.

“In this case, we aim to reduce the widespread predatory behaviour at heads-up games. We expect these changes to incentivise more players to be focused on playing poker and less focused on selecting opponents. Ultimately, we believe this will raise the competitive bar and help increase a fun and fair playing experience for everyone.”

The move will apply to all no-limit and fixed-limit hold‘em heads-up ring games as well as their pot-limit Omaha counterpart and should help to end the process of ‘bum hunting’.

Fellow Amaya Incorporated site Full Tilt did away with heads-up cash games in the summer and the moves from the sites means that players are now seated with a random opponent automatically and only permitted to compete for one hand before being moved to a new table.

Tags: PokerStars, Amaya Incorporated, Full Tilt, Eric Hollreiser