The Puzzle, Pitfalls and Potential of Player Segregation

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My article in the June issue of Casino Enterprise Management tackles the topic of player segregation – the policy of separating players at the same room based on skill, account age or other metric – in online poker.

In “Player Segregation: Fad or Future?” I detail what I see as some of the major issues rooms considering the implementation of a player segregation will face and propose a few strategies for achieving the goals of player segregation without having to actually segregate players.

The article wraps with a closer look at the potential of fast-fold poker as a tool for protecting less experienced players. Excerpt:

[F]ast-fold also offers an environment more naturally suited to complex player segregation policies than a lobby stuffed with static tables. Instead of restricting access to certain sets of tables, rooms can execute their strategy at the more granular level of the table itself. Individual tables can be composed from the pool via a formula that distributes seats according to whatever ratio of strong, average and weak the room finds most effective. And players can move fluidly from one classification to the next without ever realizing that a classification system is even in place.

Read the whole article here.

I also suggest reading Kim Lund’s take on the issue here.

- Chris is the publisher of Grove also serves as a consultant to various stakeholders in the regulated market for online gambling in the United States.
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