PokerStars set to release new software features


Nobody's perfect, but PokerStars is working to get there. 

Once again, PokerStars has been listening to what its players want, and is now set to release a long list of features on its software.

We've had a sneak peek at what's coming and can offer this preview. Please note, the features will only appear after the software has been updated, which should happen by the end of the week.

SessionOptions - PokerStars is introducing anintegrated platform that easily allows you to manage your state during asession. When you are playing you will notice a small additional icon on eachof your tables that gives you easy access to the Session Options. From thereyou can Sit out on all tables, Sit out next Big Blind on all tables, Resume play on all tables that you aresitting out on, and end your session gracefully - Sit out next Big Blind on all tables and close them. For immediatefeedback about the state of your session, the table icon will change from a greenplay sign when you are sitting in on all tables, to a yellow play/pause iconwhen you are sitting in on some and sitting out on other tables, to a red pauseicon when you are sitting out on all tables.

Autobuy-in - Autobuy-in allows you to instantly buy in after left-clicking Seat Open without any intermediatesteps. Simply set up your buy in preferences once, and the next time you sit ata table you will automatically buy in. AutoBuy-in can be set up through "Options" > "Auto-Buy-In (Ring Games)..." orby clicking on the link in the traditional buy-in dialog. Want to buy in as anexception for a different amount? Simply right-click on 'Seat Open' and thetraditional buy-in dialog will show up.

'Seatme' - When you select a table that has empty seatsin the ring game lobby, you will notice a SeatMe button below the traditional Go toTable. Clicking Seat Meautomatically opens the table for you and sits you in one of the empty seats onthe table. If you have Auto Buy-inenabled, you will be automatically bought in for the desired amount; if not - theusual buy-in dialog will appear. In this way taking a seat can be a single-click process from the mainlobby.

Sitout next big blind - PokerStars has changed the existing Sit out next blind check box on fasttables to Sit out next big blind, andhave added the new check box to regular-speed tables as well.

Stack tables layout - PokerStars has added the ability to Stackall your tables in addition to the already existing Cascade and Tile. Thisfeature can be accessed either from "View" in the main lobby, or through the Table Layout menu on the table. Shortcutkey is Ctrl+8.

AverageStack column - This is a new column in the lobbywhich shows the average stack of the sitting in players on the table.

No Chat in table tooltip - When you have lost your chat you now have the ability to display No Chat in your table tooltip byactivating "Options" > "Show No Chat in tooltip". This option is onlyavailable if you have lost your chat privileges - if you are able to chat atthe tables this option would not show.

Notesreliability - PokerStars has changed the way notes aresaved so that you do not lose your notes when the client is closed in a non-conventionalway.

Removefrom all waiting lists button - The waiting listdialog ("Requests" > "Waiting on Tables...") now has a "Remove me from AllWaiting Lists" button.

Linkto last hand when dealing stops - You will now beable to access the last hand when dealing stops. The Previous link will remain active on the table instead ofdisappearing. Do note that usually the last hand is the cancelled hand, and thered Replay button will not open a hand that has been cancelled. To look at thelast complete hand, click on the Previous[Hand ID Number] link and use the Instant Hand History.

Display Bet Amounts defaults to on - This option is nowenabled by default on new installs and activated for players who have notexplicitly disabled it.

Advancedaction Check moved - To avoid mis-clicks when selecting the Check advanced action we have re-positioned Check slightly higher so that it does not overlap with the Call (Amount) check box which appearswhen someone bets before you.

Tournament Tickets dialogimprovements - The window accessed through "Requests" > "Tournament Tickets"has been improved. Among other things, it will now list all tournaments thataccept a specific ticket typed.

Once again, those updates will only be ineffect after the client programs are updated, which should happen by the end ofthe week.


Brad Willis
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