The people at Party Poker
have recently revamped their software and the look of the site itself. Below is a screengrab of what you will see when you log on. This article
shows you what the old look tables looked like.
Judging a colour scheme is subjective, but white (or near white) is generally not a good colour for any sort of interface for the obvious reason. Whatever one thinks of its appearance though or of its new incentive scheme - grandly styled achievements and missions - what really counts is the games the site offers.
Like most poker sites, the majority of games on offer - tournaments, sit & go's, and cash tables - are hold 'em, overwhelmingly no limit, with a heavy presence of both Omaha and Omaha hi/lo, overwhelmingly pot limit.
What though of seven card stud? Although once the biggest game in town, stud has taken a back seat in poker circles since the 1970s, but Party Poker used to host limit stud tournaments: $6, $11 and $22.
Unable to find any of these on the new site, an inquiry was met with the following response from Support:
"...With regard to your email, please note that on the new poker client the 7Stud Hi and the 7 Stud Hi Lo tables are not being offered. I apologize for the inconvenience caused to you in this regard...."
So no stud on Party Poker from now on? Not for the time being, at least.
While the stud tournaments were not well patronised, this is surely a step in the wrong direction for Party Poker. PokerStars
is the world's biggest site by far, and the variety of games available there is enough to satisfy almost every player. In addition to hold 'em, Omaha and stud, there is stud hi/lo, razz, 5 card draw, triple draw, badugi, and of late variant Omaha games. There are also mixed games like HORSE and 8 game.
There appears to have been little in the way of comment so far, but at least one player (on the CardsChat
forum) is unimpressed with the layout of the new
Party Poker site. Doubtless others will comment in due course, either that or vote with their feet.