While details are still scarce, it appears that PokerStars is in the advanced stages of a software overhaul that will aim to completely change the way that players interact with the world’s largest poker site.
Details of the impending upgrade emerged from players who attended the recent PokerStars VIP party in London; part of the party was a general presentation regarding plans for the new software . As one attendee wrote on 2p2:
The presentation entailed what is to be a complete overhaul of the Pokerstars client for the first time ever, all lobbies and the overall design of the client will be changed with emphasis on making it as easy as possible for recreational players to go from clicking the ‘Create account’ button to getting pitched their first two cards. Also the 300~ players who attended the event will be the very first to get to test the new software (sick brag).
As the above quote suggests, the primary focus of the overhaul appears to be reducing the friction a casual player encounters when trying to play poker for real money on PokerStars.
More from a trip report covering the London event, also posted on 2p2:
Shortly after 12, Lee gave a quick presentation of the new Stars client. It’s currently alpha (ie, not fit for human consumption), but there are significant changes afoot. They plan to change things so that the default client is much simpler. Aside from the menus, the user will see a screen with 3 large icons arranged in a triangle to register for 10nl, 25nl and 50nl, and clicking will simply seat them at the first available table.
In addition to the focus on simplification of the client for recreational players, here are few other details regarding the new PokerStars software:
- Advanced sorting and view options will still be available for players – they’ll just be tucked away.
- The new software may have an app aspect, although it’s unclear exactly what shape it will take.
- PokerStars may add internal features for tournament registration that would effectively duplicate the auto-reg features provided by TableNinja.
- The registration process will be collapsed into a single step.
It’s unclear whether a similar upgrade is planned for the Full Tilt Poker client. FTP players will recall that the room had already introduced a streamlined interface for finding games prior to the room’s shuttering post-Black Friday.