Wednesday July 18 2012 : PARTY POKER FOCUSING ON RECREATIONAL PLAYERS
High stakes NLHE and PLO removed from software
A recent software update by Party Poker which has removed without pre-announcement access to high stakes NLHE and PLO cash games has generated a lively discussion titled "Party Poker Removes 10/20NL+ Games" on popular message boards.
The online poker company claims the move was in the best interests of players and is designed to improve the poker ecology, discouraging "sharks" and enabling recreational players' bank rolls to last longer.
Posters at forums noted that PKR recently introduced similar measures, only reinstating the games after fierce criticism, and even then restricting players by requiring them to first be cleared by company security before being allowed to participate.
One poster noted that ultimately a poker economy survives on money injected by less-expert players, and focusing on such players by enabling them to hold onto their bankrolls for longer encourages repeat business and in the end better rake for the operator.
"Allowing somebody to blow their $10K roll at 3am drunk in about 4 minutes doesn't really help the economy," the poster noted.