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PokerStars drastically reduces cash game tables to 4
PokerStars dropped dropped some big news on Tuesday when they announced that they would be reduce the number of tables that players can play simultanousely from 24 down to 4 with the change effective immediately. The move, which was trialed in the Italian version of PokerStars, is applicable to all markets PokerStars serves except for New Jersey and India. At this time, the changes do not effect sit and gos as well as multi-table tournaments.
Like other previous changes — such as the revamped VIP program — the top online poker room made the change citing sustainability of the poker ecosystem. Since it’s primaryily professional poker players who multi-table, the changes mean that there will effectively be fewer professional players at the table since they will have to potentially cut down their play down by a factor of five if they played the maximum allowed.
“Attracting and retaining new poker players is crucial to the future of the game. By reducing the table cap from 24 to 4, we are reducing the number of multi-tabling players and increasing the number of more casual one-table players at each table. This should lead to increased win rates on any individual table for the strongest players.”
While some have applauded the move as long ovedue, others have bemoaned the lack of games that are available at higher limits while complaining that the move may be an effort to collect more rake from players playing Zoom games.
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