The high-stakes cash games at PokerStars will take on a new look and feel come January 1st, 2014.
ZOOM Poker player pools will become the home of all $50/100 no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha tables according to an announcement this week by the world's leading online poker site. In the beginning this newly introduced format for high-stakes games will take place during off-peak hours with a player evaluation on its reception — in other words, it's a trial run.
Back in 2012 PokerStars brought its fast play version of poker to its customers in the form of ZOOM Poker. ZOOM Poker is incredibly fast and plays exactly like a regular poker game, with one exception, you are dealt into your next hand at a completely different table with a new set of players each time you click on 'fold' and you can fold instantly instead of waiting for your turn.
PokerStars said the players have had concerns about table selection software and that is the reason for the change.
"PokerStars developed a special High Stakes Zoom product with an eye toward replacing all high-stakes games with Zoom, and it’s now time to put it to a test," said Nick Williamson, Ring Game Manager for PokerStars.
"Our players have told us that they want to focus on playing poker, rather than worrying about seating, lobby and software settings to get them the best seat at the table. This is in an effort to allow players to concentrate on actually playing poker while encouraging a healthy, competitive, non-predatory environment in our highest stakes games."
PokerStars' Head of Poker Communication, Lee Jones, believes online poker needs to become less about table selection and more about the game itself. Jones stress that it isn't healthy for these games to have a "predatory environment."
"We don't want it to just be a constant situation where players are thinking more about which seat they're trying to grab rather than just playing their best poker," Jones told PokerNews.com's Sarah Grant on Tuesday.
Whether or not the change to ZOOM Poker becomes permanent will be decided after the high-stakes Zoom games have been implemented. From that point PokerStars will rely on player feedback and conduct a review to decide the future of high-stakes ZOOM Poker.
Come back to PokerWorks for an update on this story next month.