The U.S.-friendly Winning Poker Network (WPN) has announced a software upgrade that allows for On Demand tournaments, which are best described as SitNGos combined with multi-table tournaments (MTTs).
On Demand tourneys commence when a specified number of players buy-in and take their seats, but also allow for late registration sign-ups for a certain period of time. In other words, its akin to a MTT without a scheduled start time, beginning instead when the entry field is filled, much like a SitNGo.
“On Demand Tournaments are designed for every player who wants to experience the heated competition of a large-scale multi-table tournament without having to wait for a scheduled start time,” Americas Cardroom spokesman Michael Harris told PokerUpdate. “We know they’re going to be hugely popular.”
Full Tilt Poker was first in bringing the On Demand concept to online poker and the iPoker Network will soon follow. The format has been immensely successful at FTP.
Americas Cardroom and Black Chip Poker are the main skins on WPN. The network has become a favorite among U.S. players for cashout efficiency, consistently earning high praise for the speed in which withdrawals are processed. WPN currently trails Bovada, Revolution and Merge among U.S.-facing poker rooms and networks, but has been inching upward in player traffic numbers over the last several months.
Along with On Demand tournaments, WPN’s upgrade also includes preferred seating. Players who preselect their favorite seat will be placed there automatically at every table. As multi-tablers know, this is a key feature for online grinders who want to quickly look at the same seat while playing several tables simultaneously.
Players who compete in several tournaments at the same time can better manage their effectiveness thanks to a new coloration functionality in the tournament lobby. Tourneys in which players are competing or have registered will be highlighted. Such changes have been implemented as a result of player feedback.
“We’re constantly striving to improve the performance of the poker client to make the best playing experience possible,” said Black Chip Poker spokesman Robert Gray. “This latest release adds another tournament option along with features that will make multi-tabling and multi-tasking easier for our players.”
The latest software upgrade at WPN follows the announcement on September 1 that the network no longer will feature a Bad Beat Jackpot promotion. WPN was the last U.S.-facing network to host BBJ tables and is following a trend throughout the industry. Casual players tend to savor the excitement that surrounds a possible mammoth BBJ score. But low-stakes cash grinders know that consistent profitability is difficult when a chunk of every pot is taken from each hand.
Americas Cardroom has been a WPN skin since 2011. Black Chip Poker joined the network last year, defecting from the Merge Network. WPN has been online since 2001 and accepts players worldwide.