The iPoker Network has begun using anonymous tables in furtherance of its efforts to improve the overall ecology of the network and to keep recreational players from being swallowed up by more experienced sharks.
Anonymous tables have been rolled out on certain stakes on the Titan Poker skin, with Betfair and Betclic Everest expected to follow suit shortly. Plans are for all skins on the entire network to eventually offer players the ability to play anonymously, eGR reported.
“We offer these tables where we believe it serves the purpose we have defined for them,” said iPoker operations manager Asaf Younger. “[To] allow our players to play freely without having to worry about being tracked or ‘targeted’ by others.”
iPoker is confident that the concept will be well-received, but will further asses the anonymous table concept over the course of time allowing for “feedback and requests brought to us by our players’ community,” Younger added.
The network began tweaking its ecology last year by implementing a two-tier system that ring-fences player pools on the upper tier at various stakes and for certain games. That system was designed to extend the lifetime expectancy of a number of players. The iPoker Network has branded its dual tier system successful in maintaining a balance of skill levels of players on each tier.
Players at anonymous tables will be identified as “player1” or “player2,” without using actual screen names. PartyPoker and MPN currently host anonymous tables at a small number of cash tables. Bodog uses the concept exclusively at all tables, including tournament play.
Those most typically opposed to anonymous tables are the more shrewd and experienced players who use tracking software that allows them to gain an edge by studying hand histories and tendencies of other players, resulting in making better decisions while playing. Most agree that such practices will eventually drive recreational players away from the game, severely upsetting the poker room ecology.