PartyPoker NJ Addresses Top Player Concern in Latest Software Patch

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In what is starting to become a recurring theme, PartyPoker NJ has once again proven that it values player feedback – this time by addressing one of the most pressing issues players had with the network’s recently revamped client.

The upgrade, which was unveiled late last week via a software patch on both and, gives players the option to view individual cash-game tables from the lobby.

With the changes, Party appears well-positioned to reaffirm its dominance in New Jersey’s struggling iPoker market.

And while the new patch is far from comprehensive, it is undoubtedly a decisive step in the right direction.

Party / Borgata patch a potential game changer

Thanks to the recently implemented changes to Party / Borgata’s cash-game lobby, players searching for a game will no longer be forced to sit at an undesired table.

Pre-patch, players scouring the lobby for a game would have no foresight as to whether a table would be full, empty, deep or shallow – the only variables they could control were blind structure and game format.

This became a problem for those accustomed to more traditional lobby settings, as they would either have to deal with the lobby’s limitations or take their business to one of NJ’s other online poker offerings. Many chose the latter route.

But now, thanks to the harmonious coexistence of both the new lobby and old, players who previously wrote Party / Borgata off may find themselves coming back.

The patch also reaffirms Party’s commitment to its players, as it marks the third occasion that I know of where Party incorporated a change suggested by users on Two Plus Two.

Previously, Party surveyed players before implementing changes to the NJCOP schedule and to the structure of its flagship Sunday Major – the $50k Guarantee.

A petition calling for the lobby to be overhauled originally appeared on Two Plus Two just days after Party / Borgata went live in New Jersey. It quickly became one of the most heavily traversed threads on Party Poker’s dedicated forum.

And while its too early to gauge the ramifications of the patch’s influence on traffic, the network’s prior player-driven changes have had a profoundly positive effect on tournament turnout numbers.

A brief summary of Party / Borgata’s software patch

Listed below are the most notable features of the upgrade:

  • By unselecting the “Group Tables” check box, players can view all available cash-game tables from the lobby.
  • Stats such as hands dealt per hour and current number of players seated are now on display.
  • From the lobby, users can view the names and stack sizes of the players at a selected table. They can also choose a seat without opening up a table.
  • Players are permitted to sweat other tables, even if they don’t possess sufficient funds to sit at the table.
  • Open tables are indicated in the lobby by a checkmark next to “Type.”

Software patch lacks pertinent features

Shortly after the upgrade went live, a new petition asking Party to add wait lists found its way on Two Plus Two.

Currently, players waiting for a seat at their preferred table must keep tabs on the lobby. Already over a dozen players have voiced their grievances with this apparent oversight.

Also missing from the new lobby are pertinent stats such as percentage of players per flop and average pot size. It is unknown if these will be added in a future update.

Upgrade may turn off casual players

While the new patch will likely please the overwhelming majority of the poker playing community, it works against the recreational player who until now could not easily be targeted by the pros.

But now that table selection is available, Party may have to take increased measures against bumhunting. Otherwise, casuals may be dissuaded from playing on the site.

This ultimately begs the question, “With so many regulars playing online in NJ, should casuals even bother?”

Another question for another time perhaps.

- Robert DellaFave is a game designer and avid poker player. He writes for several publications centered on legal US online poker and the regulated online gambling industries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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