PartyPoker: Pokerfest and Software Improvements
PartyPoker – while its parent company Bwin.party is in trouble, there’s no signs suggesting PartyPoker has any intention of doing anything but carrying on with business as usual, and gosh does business like usual look pretty good right now. Two pieces of news out of PartyPoker this week spell great news for players.
Firstly, the 2015 Pokerfest has been announced with the most impressive guaranteed prize pool yet; secondly, software updates rolled out this week bring changes to tournaments, including the ability to re-enter selected tournaments.
There’s few poker series which have a more descriptive name than Pokerfest. The 2015 edition of the annual event boasts an incredible 77 tournaments, and a collective guaranteed prize pool of a whopping $2.4 million. While the prize pool is shared throughout the tournaments, your most impressive sum is waiting to be won at the main event, in which $300,000 in guaranteed cash is on offer.
Running for 15 days (from the 29th March to the 12th April), players can get involved with Pokerfest for as little as $1 (if they play and win in one of the qualifying satellites) or simply buy directly into the tournaments for between $5 and $1,000.
The best news surrounding Pokerfest is that new to this year, players will be able to access all the tournaments from their phone or tablet. Pokerfest has gone mobile! You can now make sure you don’t miss a single tournament wherever you are! The schedules of the tournaments and satellites are available now, so take a look and find out how you could win your share of $2,400,000.
The changes afoot at PartyPoker have all been made with the player in mind. The site has spent time canvassing players for their opinions on the way the site runs and tournaments work, and they have used this feedback as the basis for the software changes they’ve rolled out this week.
The main change you’ll notice is that it’s now possible to re-enter tournaments once you have gone bust. Though you’ve been able to re-buy back into tournaments for quite some time at PartyPoker and other big sites, re-entry differs as it is only available to players who have gone bust in a tournament. Though it’ll be super handy for unlucky players, the number of times you can re-enter will be limited by pre-determined rules (so don’t go thinking this is a free ticket to lose!)
Other, more minor, developments include the introduction of Timebanks (basically, the ability for players who have money in the pot to spend more time making up their mind on difficult decisions); an increase in the time available for cash games; and minor changes to the way multi table tournaments run.
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