by Matthew Pitt
PartyPoker seems to continually be in the headlines of late — and for all the correct reasons. From assembling a roster of professional poker players and celebrities, to the launch of its PartyPoker LIVE tour, there is a lot to smile about at PartyPoker HQ.
The general consensus is that PartyPoker, which launched in 2001, is making all of the right noises in its attempt to improve the experience for its players whether they are playing online or in the live arena.
On Aug. 8, PartyPoker launched the first phase of its software upgrade, which was met with dozens of positive comments on the site’s social media channels. Upon opening the PartyPoker client, players alerted to the fact there is an update taking place, and a few moments later the new, improved lobby is revealed.
The new darker theme has been designed to help it be easier on the eyes for all players, but especially those who prefer to play longer sessions on their computers and mobile devices. In addition to looking more modern and sleek, some of the changes implemented during Phase 1 included:
- Improved game navigation
- Collapsible filter to allow more space to view game choice
- New darker lobby and table theme
- Updated Sit & Go Hero lobby to differentiate between three and four-handed games
- Removal of the one-click lobby as almost all players prefer the traditional view
Phase 2 of the upgrade is scheduled to launch during the next quarter of the year, so should hit the screens of PartyPoker’s players before the curtain comes down on 2017. Several improvements are in the pipeline and include:
- Ability to view the lobby in full screen
- Further filter, display, game and tournament information improvements
- Enhanced tournament lobby displays
- Better table look and feel and more customization options
PartyPoker ambassador Patrick Leonard, who has been instrumental in some of the positive changes to the tournament schedule and structure, believes PartyPoker will become a ‘dream poker room’ once the upgrades are completed.
Speaking to the PartyPoker blog, Leonard said: “The upcoming software release is another step in the direction of getting our ‘dream poker room.’ We see an improvement to the lobby and to the table as well as lots of small tweaks all around the client. I tested the software with a dozen or so guys and the feedback was all extremely positive. We’ve given extra feedback about how to further improve the software and from now till the end of the year you should see additional impressive improvements to the overall software.”
Tom Waters, the managing director of PartyPoker who is overseeing the transformation of the former world number one poker site, said: “We acknowledge that our poker product needed some love. We have been working on this project for a number of months with the support of a large group of players. We have been testing the phase 1 release over the past couple of weeks and the feedback from the players has been extremely encouraging. There are many more enhancements in the pipeline and I am confident that by the end of 2017 our players will be delighted with the improved look and feel and the usability of the software.”
You can take the new PartyPoker software for a test drive by firing up your account if you already have one. If you do not have a PartyPoker account and want to see what all of the fuss is about, download PartyPoker via RakebackPros, by making your first deposit and PartyPoker will match your initial deposit 100 percent up to a maximum of $500.