On February 1, 2019, a brand new and most prestigious level of Diamond Club Elite VIP-system became available in PartyPoker. A year after this event, the popular poker room is to hold a rake race among privileged participants of the highest-level loyalty system.
Rake Race Conditions and Prize Fund
In the beginning of the previous year, PartyPoker has significantly improved the game conditions for supergrinders by generating a new VIP-level where one can take back 60% of the rake. A Russian user named sp0ubledy was the first to reach the said level, and it took 4 months more for a cash game player to reach the summit of the loyalty system.
In case of Spins tournament and cash games, rake is collected in different ways; therefore, Rake Race is to be split into two equal parts. The prize fund for each is $100,000. It is going to be divided between players who were the first to have reached the Diamond Club Elite status. The winner of the race is expected to get $50,000, the second prize is to comprise $30,000, and the third owner of the elite status is to get $20,000.
Rake Race prizewinners are to get a significant add-on to their rakebacks. The key objective of such offer is boosting the poker players’ interest in $100 and $250 worth Spins tournaments as well as in Fast Forward cash games of NL200$ and more. Besides, the rake race is expected to increase the traffic of regular tables with the highest limits possible.
Updates and Offers from Rob Yong
This arduous Briton has recently posted three tweets in which he touched upon the issues of PartyPoker security and protection from cheaters’ actions. With his first tweet, he stated that he wanted to turn to PartyPoker for introducing a face-recognition system in the room. Such system is to be actuated randomly at any moment in tournaments’ prize zone, as well as at large cash game tables. Introducing a face-recognition function will allow to get rid of bots generating and purchasing new accounts. Another purpose of the said system is preventing multi-accounting and ghosting.
In another tweet Rob Yong shared the findings of the poll concerning the types of stakes at cash game tables able to ensure an efficient anti-bot security, make the usage of prompters uncomfortable and boost action – $1-2, or $1-1+$0.16, where the last number is ante. The poll showed that both stake types received roughly the same approval among players. Nowadays, PartyPoker lobby has tables with the second stake type, but they are not so popular yet.
Another issue tackled the methods of controlling players using banned software. There were four methods to choose from: increasing the stack depth, reducing time bank, increasing the number of multi-way banks, creating brand new game formats. About a half of users (44%) voted for the option of reducing the time bank, i.e. the time given to a player for deliberating the next move. It is worth noting that PartyPoker time bank has already been reduced in summer.
For sure, such polls do not guarantee that the amendments suggested are going to be introduced to the PartyPoker client; however, they may show the way which developers should possibly follow. The poker room team is highly likely to introduce changes into the software taking into account the major opinion. Since the client is updated once a month on average, Rob’s recommendations do appear to be accepted by the room in the short run.