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PokerStars to Address Lobby Concerns with Table Groups Innovation

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PokerStars to Address Lobby Concerns with Table Groups Innovation

A new feature currently being tested on play-money tables should reduce the lobby lists and make it easier to join games.
By Nick Jones
APRIL 24, 2012

A new client update currently rolling out on PokerStars includes a play-money only beta test of an innovative new lobby feature: table groupings.

Instead of presenting a long list of tables to join, tables are grouped by stake level and table type. A single-click of the “seat me” button takes a player to an available seat at the table with the most players. Players can also expand the table grouping to see all tables available.

The new feature may go a long way in addressing a common concern that afflicts all poker sites but PokerStars especially—pages and pages of tables that make it hard for a player to find a game they want.

The problem is exacerbated with many poker players wanting to start new tables, creating long lists of tables with one player waiting. This issue particularly affects heads-up lobbies, where waiting games can outnumber active games at a factor of 50:1 or even more.

The feature is present in a new client version, but is only available at play money tables. The update is currently out on the Mac, and is expected to land on Windows machines by tomorrow and clients in regulated markets (including EU) in the next 2 days.

Along with greatly reducing the amount of scrolling to find a good table, it also simplifies the listing. By default, each group only shows the game type, stakes, type and buyin, with a “seat me” button. A “+” expands the player list and shows the usual statistics like hands/hour and players/flop.

It is likely to be welcomed by many players as it should have a positive effect in keeping games running and making it more appealing to join games. However, players who prefer to play heads up and short-handed games may suffer, as players using the table groupings feature will be by default taken to fuller tables.

Many sites have a similar feature with a “quick seat” in the first page of the lobby to allow someone to join in a game with a single click. However, this is the first time the concept has been taken to the lobby itself to group tables.

APRIL 24, 2012

Begrijp ik het nu goed, dat het aan een lege tafel zitten niet meer mogelijk gaat zijn?

Als dat zo is hebben ze hu het bumhunters in korte tijd wel heel moeilijk gemaakt. Eerst PTR weg en nu dit.
Wat jullie?


Idd, dit haal ik ook uit de tekst.

Jammer, ik doe/deed nogal veel HU cashgame... Maar dit gaat me wel opbreken I quess Sad


klinkt erg kut dit =(



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Players can also expand the table grouping to see all tables available


players using the table groupings feature will be by default taken to fuller tables

Prima plan imo


gewoon een quickseat optie is t niet echt wat bijzonders verder


Nee quick seat optie heb ik weinig problemen mee, als je het ook maar op de oude manier kunt blijven doen.


staat er toch gewoon in


niet echt super duidelijk dus imo, vandaar mijn post ookWink


hmm is denk ik best gaar... tables starten wordt gewoon minder profitable als fish alleen maar quick seat gebruiken en naar vollere tafels gaan


Ik ga er sowieso vanuit dat vissen altijd al gewoon de vollere tafels pakken.


PTR Link Gives Players Control Over Their Profiles

Poker Table Ratings has launched PTR Link, a new feature which allows players to manage their PTR profile. The feature is still in beta test, but PTR has plans to expand it to include extended profile customization and personal privacy settings.

PTR Link is enabled for Party Poker, OnGame, iPoker, Merge, and Cake networks.

The beta version allows players to upload an image for use as an avatar, and to moderate comments made by other players on their profile. Users’ moderating comments will then appear under their screen name rather than their PTR user name.

The indication that future features will affect privacy settings may imply that players will be able to opt-in or opt-out at some level. The absence of this feature is one of the main objections that PokerStars has to PTR’s operations.

PTR has announced its intention to comply fully with PokerStars’ terms and conditions:

“As many of you know, PokerStars requested that we change our poker results pages for their players. We have fully agreed to do so and are already making the changes necessary to be entirely within their terms and conditions for 3rd party websites.

Our goal is to be a positive influence on the online poker community for players and brands alike, a place where poker players from all levels, stakes, and backgrounds can come and enjoy the features we offer.”

How to set up PTR Link

Players registered with PTR can activate PTR Link by visiting their player profile and clicking on the “Link this Profile” button.

PTR will send a unique set of instructions which involve sitting at a table with a precise stack size, for example, to sit at a $10 No Limit table with a stack of $6.36.

When PTR has tracked that you have done this, the PTR account will be linked to that screen name and players can then use the PTR Link features.

Unfortunately when Pokerfuse attempted to test PTR Link the instructions involved sitting at a table with less than the minimum buy in, so there are still some glitches to be ironed out.


Aangepaste PTR via een derde partij dus binnenkort weer terug op stars?

Als dat zo is ben ik er erg blij mee, die opt out option gebruiken vissen toch amper denk ik.


nee PTR maakt iets nieuws met een OPT-OUT wat binnen de terms and conditions van pokerstars vallen. vissen gebruiken dat niet nee. verder nog veel glitches atm. dunno of het er al is. Dat is wat ik zo snel eruit opmaak. Weet niet of je je account alleen kan openen door zelf te activeren of dat het weer zoiets als open gaat en dat je dan kan sluiten zoals bij sharkscope


activeren zou aardig ruk zijn


ja lijkt me ook

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