PokerStars unveils ring game changes, CAP tables

ps_news_thn.jpgSome significant changes are coming to PokerStars' ring game tables. After a lot of feedback from players and a lot of internal discussion, PokerStars has decided to make some changes to its ring game buy-ins. It will now also offer CAP tables. See below for the latest information on the PokerStars software updates.

CAP tables

After a significant amount of testing at certain stakes and games over the past several months, PokerStars is now unrolling CAP tables as part of the standard offering across a wider variety of games and stakes.

If you're not familiar with the concept of CAP tables, they use a simple governor that places a limit on how much each player can wager over the course of a single hand. When this amount has been wagered, the player is considered to be all-in for the remainder of the hand.

The CAP is always the same for each hand, and always the same for each player at the table. PokerStars will initially deploy only 20bb CAP tables that limit each player's total betting to 20 big blinds in each hand.

CAP tables will initially be listed alongside other tables in the no-limit and pot-limit lobbies. PokerStars may move CAP tables to separate lobby tabs in the future. Games with caps larger than 20bb may also be offered in the future.

Six-handed and nine-handed tables

The following buy-in options will be offered at No-Limit Hold'em (NLHE) tables with six or more seats:

0.01/0.02 and 0.02/0.05 blinds

• 40-250bb tables, unlabelled. This offering is unchanged.

0.05/0.10 and 0.10/0.25 blinds

• 40-100bb, without lobby labels. This will include all Euro currency tables.
• 100-250bb tables, labelled as 'deep'

0.25/0.50 blinds and above

• 20bb CAP, allowing buy-ins of 20-50bb, labelled "CAP"
• 40-100bb, without lobby labels. This will include all Euro currency tables.
• 100-250bb tables, labelled as "deep"

Tables with 20-50bb buy-in ranges will no longer be offered for six-max and nine-max NLHE.

Tooltips explaining the exact minimum and maximum allowable buy-in at each table will still be displayed when the mouse pointer is hovered over a table name in the PokerStars lobby.

New Tables: Six-max no-limit Omaha Hi-Low

New six-max tables will be offered for no-limit Omaha Hi-Low at stakes ranging from 0.10/0.25 to 3/6.

The first step, the addition of new tables, will occur immediately. NLHE CAP tables will be deployed at limits $0.25/$0.50 and above, and No-Limit Omaha Hi/Low six-max tables will be deployed at all currently offered stakes.

Removal of NLHE 20-50bb tables and changing of Euro NLHE tables from 35-100bb to 40-100bb will take place on February 10th. Changes to table labels will also take place on this date. Tables of discontinued types will slowly be closed as they empty, but some may exist until the next server restart.

Heads-up NLHE and Omaha

PokerStars is still considering making changes to table buy-in minimums and maximums for heads-up NLHE and all Omaha games. Any changes to these tables will be announced and implemented in February.


Brad Willis
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