The big news in the online poker universe this past week has revolved around software, as both Party Poker and PokerStars made some headlines in that department.
Party Poker’s long-awaited software update was finally revealed this past week, as certain players were able to beta-test the site’s latest offering before some bugs caused the site to suspend beta-testing for the time being. PokerStars has their own software upgrade in the works (dubbed PokerStars 7) and is currently looking for Alpha testers from the poker community to offer feedback. We’ll give you the rundown on those two stories and many more in this week’s look around the world of online poker.
For months the poker world has awaited Party Poker’s announced software overhaul, and after several delays the poker world received its first glimpse of the heralded product when Party Poker unveiled a beta-testing website for the new client (https://beta-www.partypoker.com/getthebeta.html), allowing players to download and try the new software.
Unfortunately something went wrong somewhere along the line and the download for the new Party Poker software was taken offline, with visitors to the website met with the following message:
“Our beta version is currently offline while we are fixing bugs.”
Based on the pictures and blurbs on the site it would seem that the new software will include some minor changes/upgrades to the current poker client; a fresh design and color scheme; and increased access to social media through the client.
After a slight delay in its release, Bet365 Poker’s mobile platform is expected to be available any day now. One good sign that the mobile platform will be available in the near future is that Winner Poker (another iPoker skin) has managed to get their mobile platform up and running this week, which means the rest of the iPoker Network --including Bet365—shouldn’t be very far behind.
There is still time for UK players to receive a free £5 for registering a Bet365 account.
Keeping with our software theme, PokerStars is accepting applications for alpha-testers, to give their upcoming PokerStars 7 software a test drive. According to pokerfuse.com, selected players have been sent e-mails by PokerStars to apply for the privilege of alpha-testing the new software, where they will, “try the new software, report any bugs and provide general feedback on specific features and functionality.”
If you weren’t picked as an alpha tester you can still receive a free $20 from PokerStars on your first deposit: details here.
Leg 5 of the 2013 Sky Poker Tour will be held at the Aspers Casino in Newcastle on September 7th and September 8th. So far the Sky Poker Tour has held successful tournaments in London, Dublin, Birmingham, and Nottingham, with the Newcastle event representing the penultimate event on the 2013 SPT calendar.
Following the tournament in Newcastle the final stop of the season will be the 2013 Sky Poker Tour Final, which will take place on October 26th and October 27th.
Sky Poker is currently offering new players a no deposit bankroll when you sign up which you can use to enter some SPT Newcastle satellites.
Did you know that playing Switch Poker doesn’t require a download?
In order to participate in poker games at Switch Poker all you need to do is head over to the www.switchpoker.com website and click the “PLAY” button. Registered players will be asked to enter their username and password, and if you don’t have a Switch Poker account you’ll just need to fill out a registration form before being taken to the lobby.
Once you arrive in the lobby you can pick an open seat and sit down to play; it’s that simple.
First time players can also take advantage of Switch Poker’s free bankroll offer.
Did you know that Terminal Poker has a loyalty rewards program?
Terminal Poker’s classic poker game is part of the Revolution Poker Network (the mobile version of Terminal Poker is not part of the network and run through Instadeal) which means the site uses the same loyalty rewards program as other rooms on the network.
Players at Terminal Poker can climb the VIP ladder by collecting Frequent Player Points (FPP’s) at the site, where there are a total of 50 levels to achieve, and each time you achieve a new level you will receive multiple rewards.
Furthermore, players are only demoted within the program if they fail to reach the required number of VIP months for two consecutive months, AND, players who reach level 11 can never be demoted below level 10.