No time to explain: partypoker is in a hurry to get rid of the HUD
A little less than a month has passed since the epoch-making announcement of Rob Young, one of the owners of the partypoker poker room, to ban the auxiliary software.
Then the moment was clearly marked when players would not be able to use their Poker Tracker 4, Holdem Manager and other Hand2Note. The onset of the local Doomsday for partypoker regulars was associated with the day of switching to a new poker client. At the moment it is in early development, which seemed to promise that for another year we will dust with HUD and Pop-up. But it was not there! In a new interview, Robert Young talks about partypoker's current hectic activities and ambitious plans for the near future.
Partypoker is not Pokerstars
Despite aggressive marketing (lots of promotions to get the attention of poker players), an attractive loyalty program and significant rakeback, many live poker tournaments, partypoker is still extremely far from Pokerstars in terms of the number of players. The network traffic is incomparable and online at Pokerstars is simply dozens of times higher than similar partypoker numbers.
Bob complained that the main reason was the morally and technically outdated partypoker software. If playing at Pokerstars brings real pleasure, then Partypoker's client is able to deliver emotions of comparable intensity only to masochists and other aesthetes. The development of a new poker client partypoker is in full swing and, as soon as the programmers complete all the necessary rituals, it will immediately be put into operation.
Any Partypoker is a little Tiger
Along with the criticism of the partypoker client, a mantra was voiced about the need to maintain the poker ecology in order to save humanity (and the profits of the party owners). And as the famous poker manual for dummies of 2019 says - right after the environmental statements, it is vital to get rid of the regulars, or at least make their life more difficult by the HUD ban.
The beaten track of MPN and Chico was too tempting. However, we sincerely hope that partypoker will try not to go too deep into the jungle of recreation. It doesn't always end well. RedKings will confirm. The tracking software will stop working immediately after the end of the Powerfest party poker tournament series. Until the end of the week - we will walk!
Our hearts did not demand changes!
It is unclear whether all types of auxiliary software or only tracking programs should be eliminated. We hope that PartyCaption and others like them will be intact. Otherwise, it’s not far to leave the good vector of development along which partypoker was moving (rakeback and promotions), and start chewing in black.
Another curious thesis of one of the partypoker executives' speech was the announcement of the possibility of players changing their nicknames. We've already seen this somewhere. In vain they talked about Party employees - they not only borrow the ideas of PokerStars and adapt them to their own reality. They are able to requisition ideas from other rooms. Looking forward to Splash the pot soon?
There was also some good news: partypoker has been very active and aggressive in bans this year. In 2019, there were already 277 deer on the wall of Party's hunting lodge, which considered other poker players to be deer. And rightly so. The money from their accounts was distributed among the affected players. In total, almost 3 \ 4 million dollars were returned. We predict that after the abolition of the HUD, the repressive anti-fraud machine will gain momentum, and the execution cellars will be sold out.
It is impossible not to pay attention to the growth of actions aimed at combating poker software. The narrowing of the possibilities of using auxiliary software will lead to the need for high-quality development of players who previously relied on programs, rather than themselves and their heads. In such a situation, it is vital to improve your analysis and improve the efficiency of parsing hands and your game. The best solution for this is a powerful tool - Power-Equilab. Or the classic Flopzilla. An alternative solution is to switch to a new discipline that has not yet been filled with regulars, where there are a lot of fish and there is no clear strategy for the game, which means that you can experiment and approach the game creatively. If you like to go your own way, then going into short deck hold'em is definitely for you. CombCalc6Plus is designed to improve your skill in the newfangled discipline.
The lack of statistics in the game will increase the players' need for a balanced strategy. The theoretical foundations of the GTO are best learned through Matt Janda's The Theoretically Optimal Strategy for NL Holdem.