Every month, online poker sites around the world update their software to shore up bugs and introduce new features. Now that many poker sites offer Mac-native clients for OS X users, these updates are also brought to Apple users. In this article, we’ll explore recent updates and look into March promotions.
Full Tilt Poker regularly updates its software once per month and unlike some of the other major sites, releases a statement informing users of the changes. The update came on March 4th in the wee hours of the morning and mainly addressed bug issues:
· This update only had one major change and that is in the way you get moved between tables during a tournament. Now, tables that you leave are closed rather than “left behind” in the background.
· It looks like Rush Poker tables with antes are dying and may not be around for long.
· Step tournaments are being worked on, but there is no timetable announced.
· There are no plans to raise or reduce the maximum number of Rush Poker tables and it will stay at four for now.
· Rush Poker Happy Hours will remain 30 minutes long despite them being called “hours” when announced.
· There are plans to add Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better ante tables.
· The “Check/Fold” button at Rush Poker tables will be changed to “Check/Quick Fold.”
· The “Request Hand Histories” feature should be available to most players by now.
· Multi-currency support is in the pipeline.
· The “Quick Fold” button at Rush Poker tables will become larger in the near future.
· Players will soon be able to buy into FTOPS events with Full Tilt Points.
· The Rush Poker time bank has been increased to 20 seconds for $1/$2 and $0.50/$1.
· An issue with hand histories not being written if you suffer a disconnect has been fixed.
· Wire withdrawals will be back in the next couple of weeks.
Promotions for March at Full Tilt Poker include Sit and Go Madness, which will run from March 5th through the 7th and award over $125,000 in cash and prizes including entry to the $50,000 Madness Freeroll. In addition, MiniFTOPS XV kicks off on March 10th with a $20+$2 No Limit Hold’em event that has a $350,000 guarantee. The MiniFTOPS XV series will conclude on Sunday, March 21st with the Main Event, which will be a $50+$5 No Limit Hold’em tournament with an $800,000 guarantee.
The world’s largest poker site has yet to update its official software news page since the start of the new year. There have been no new major features or changes since December, when Euro tables, VIP Club updates, and custom colored notes debuted.
On the forums, representatives from PokerStars have announced that they are in discussion about the shortstacker and ratholing issue that many of the regulars want addressed. The statement said that special players and members of the poker community will be in the discussion, with the site making an official announcement sometime in mid-April. There has been no indication whether PokerStars is leaning to keep buy-ins the way they are or make changes similar to what Full Tilt Poker did a month ago, making all regular tables require a 35 big blind minimum buy-in.
The big news from PartyPoker is that the site will be altering its buy-in structure to eliminate shortstackers from regular cash game tables. For March, a lucrative promotion called the “Gladiator” has been released, which allows players to earn thousands of dollars for playing every day and earning PartyPoints. If players qualify for the maximum number of points, they will be awarded a $12,500 WSOP prize package.
One of the newest Mac-compatible poker sites has announced a promotion for players who plan to play in this year’s WSOP Main Event. For players who qualify for the Main Event through UB.com and play wearing UB.com gear, they will receive a cash prize. The more players who participate in the promotion, the more the cash prize is worth. If up to 15 players participate, every player will receive $1,500. As more players participate, the bonus goes up, all the way to 51+ players, in which case each will receive $5,000. The prize amounts slide if certain players go on to cash in the Main Event.