Last week PartyPoker rolled out the first trial run of 'Casual Cash Games' at $0.50/$1.00 stakes. While the concept as an anti-bumhunting measure was generally positively received, players on the network have raised some issues.
First announced earlier this month, PartyPoker's Casual Cash Games are only open to players who sit at one table at a time, whether Heads Up, 6-max or Full Ring. Marked by a smiley face in the lobby, they exist alongside regular tables at the same stakes.
Introduced as a way to improve the poker experience for recreational and beginning players, casual tables have been better received overall than earlier attempts by Party to segregate the entire player pool by ability.
However some 100nl regulars see the tables as affecting liquidity at their stakes, with no significant benefit to the poker ecology as strong regulars from e.g. PokerStars open the Party client to 'bumhunt' one casual table.
Posters in the Official PartyPoker Thread on the 2+2 Forums have already voiced their concerns, in advance of casual tables being introduced at higher stakes with less liquidity.
Most PartyPoker regular multitabling players are forced to play nl50 or nl200 or change poker room. And 1 table players are playing with bumhunters from other networks, who just add 1 partypoker table. I dont think it's fair that you reward other network regulars and screw YOUR network regulars.
Posted by Largus on the 2+2 Forums - View Post
I can see the end of 400+ once segregation 2.0 is implemented there...
Posted by opal on the 2+2 Forums - View Post
Already seeing new screennames who are obv regs from other sites that have added one smiley face table while playing on other sites. I've been doing that some, too. Why wouldn't I?
Posted by Lessu on the 2+2 Forums - View Post
What do you think? Let us know your thoughts on PartyPoker's one table max tables in the comments below.
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