Sunday 14. February, 2016

PokerStars Removes Heads-Up Cash Games

Leading online poker room, PokerStars, has removed its heads-up cash games from its table offerings and replaced it with its Zoom variant. Players will no longer have access to No Limit Hold’em, Fixed Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up regular tables. Instead, Zoom is being offered in a continued attempt to make the site more amateur-friendly.

Zoom allows players to compete against a different opponent on every hand. They will also be introducing a new $50/$100 stake option for their higher stake players.

“These changes are part of PokerStars’ ongoing strategic plan to improve the poker ecosystem and enhance the player experience,” announced Eric Hollreiser, head of corporate communications at PokerStars’ parent company, Amaya.

“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.”

PokerStars has also unveiled Duel, a new variant of poker that can be played for fun or real money via mobile. The game is based on heads up no limit Texas Hold’em with a set number of hands per match and a set number of big blinds per hand. The main difference in this game is that the players’ time bank is measured in days instead of seconds. This makes this variant ideal for mobile play as the games can be fit into players’ spare time.

The game also includes a social aspect, allowing players to invite friends via text message, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Performance stats can also be shared with friends. Duel has been released to coincide with the removal of the heads-up cash games.

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