Players are somewhat divided over recent changes at PokerStars that include a rake adjustment and the introduction of Lottery-style Sit N’ Gos, but a large majority of the site’s players will likely eventually come around to sing the praises of the new software upgrade to PokerStars 7.
The improved software was initially rolled out under Beta testing in August, but recently emerged from the test phase and will eventually be used by all Windows users on PokerStars. Although there will always be those who are resistant to change, players who keep an open mind may soon find themselves marveling at some of the new features and improvements that PokerStars 7 provides.
I am delighted to see PS7 coming out of its beta phase and becoming the default software for all players on our .COM and .EU sites,” said PokerStars Head of Poker Communications Lee Jones. “I have been using PS7 since it first peeked out of the development shop and it’s a joy to use.”
The upgrade begins with the Main Lobby, where intuitive filters make it a snap to locate tournament action, cash games, and qualifiers for live events. An interactive map shows exactly where the live tournaments are located, so players interested in visiting that part of the world can enter the proper satellites and aim for winning a seat to the live events of their choice.
Another new feature is that of “Favorites” that allows players to tag and save the games usually played. Whether your fancy is ring games, tournaments or Sit N’ Gos, you can locate the game of your choice in a separate tab. This customization allows players to join their preferred online poker action with greater speed and efficiency.
Tournament players are also the recipients of a software improvement beginning with a redesigned lobby that offers more details and information pertaining to tournament play. A new “Chip Graph” feature displays your progress and that of any player at all times during tournament play, comparing that position to that of the tournament chip leader and the event’s average stack.
Tested and approved
Like all good software, this product has been through the wringer before we’ve made it the default for our customers,” Jones added. “Right now, 10-15% of the people playing on the .COM site are using PS7. That means that all the unusual configurations and settings have been tested – when you fire up PS7, you’ll be running on a solid, well-tested piece of software. And I think you’re going to love it.”
Other new features include a “Hands” tab found in the chat area to see the results of previous hands, a “Quick Seat” option that gets you seated at a table with a simple mouse-click, and an “Apps” feature that will take you to non-playing functions such as ‘PokerSchool,’ ‘Home Games’ or ‘My News.’
Some businesses that manage to reach the top of their industry tend to become complacent and somewhat predictable. Not so with PokerStars, who always seem to be striving to maintain their top status by implementing maneuvers such as increasing transparency regarding their operations, rolling out new games, or improving the poker-playing experience for their valuable customers.