New online poker software due for implementation on July 27
 
The in-house development team at 888.com has been busy of late on a major software upgrade for the group’s internet poker offering.
 
The company says that there are over a hundred new features and improvements in the upgrade, which has been designed to give all users a better playing experience across the board.
 
The launch plan is to have the upgrade in place with licensees by July 27, at which time players will find a new 3D lobby divided into two player categories – beginners and advanced. New or inexperienced players will find this division makes for easier and faster navigation, whilst experienced players who have specific ideas on what they wish to do are given more detailed choices and facilities for games, table options and stakes.
 
Among the changes is a specific ‘favourites’ tab that enables users to track preferred games in an organised manner.
 
Tournament play changes include late registration and time bank features which enable more players to enter, thus generating bigger prize pools. There are also new table layouts where players can customise the decks, colours, and avatars, including many new offerings, in addition to fun animal tag icons to enhance the overall experience.
 
The continuing popularity of social networking persuaded the developers to integrate a new social space for poker players to connect even whilst away from the tables, enabling them to create profiles at my.888poker.com to participate in chat rooms, post on blogs and a wide-ranging forum, share photos and videos, and receive advice from poker pros.
 
There’s also a new online rewards store where players can exchange poker loyalty points for prizes that include iPods, cars, clothes, and holidays. Points can be earned away from the tables, too through the social networking elements in the upgrade.
 
To encourage players to try out the new software, 888 Poker will be running a series of promotional campaigns and low buy-in tourneys and competitions.
 
A diverse range of language versions of the new software will be available, including English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese, and Italian.

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