PartyPoker Rolls Out Brand New Upgrade
October was a huge month for software upgrades and PartyPoker has brought in November with yet another upgrade to their popular software platform. This upgrade introduces two all new features for the site – Rabbit Hunting and Show a Card. Of course, following the recent anonymous online poker trend, PartyPoker has now followed suit with anonymous Heads Up poker play. It’s been a long time since a new online poker feature has been so controversial. But many poker players are lashing out against anonymous poker tables at PartyPoker by arguing that such a feature takes away one of the last remaining strategies in online poker – player notes.
Heads Up anonymous poker tables at PartyPoker allow players to compete without the use of any identifying feature – such as a picture or, of course, username. These omissions prevent players from monitoring play by use of tracking or notes. So, if you happen to use software such as Holdem Manager, you won’t be able to use it at anonymous Heads Up tables at PartyPoker. By many accounts, this new software feature is meant to create a more level playing field for players that do not take advantage of such software. While one of the most significant differences between online and offline poker play is that you cannot see you opponent, this new change has made the difference even more apparent.
After gaining popularity in offline casinos, the Show a Card feature is now also available at PartyPoker. With this feature, players can elect to flip one of their cards over when they are heads up against an opponent. Why would anyone want to do this? Well, many players enjoy the feature as it can be agony for another player – especially for bluffs when one card could suggest a very powerful hand. This feature will only be available when players are heads up but can be used across the web site.
Rabbit Hunting first made its appearance on the Merge Gaming Network and quickly increased in popularity. Although not the most useful feature, it does add a little fun to online poker. With Rabbit Hunting, you can opt to reveal any cards that would have come on the flop, if the action had not ended with all players but one folding. It is important to note that using the Rabbit Hunting feature does not change any results previously established during the hand. So, it really just tells players if they made a good fold on a Flush draw – or missed out on that Full House.