PokerStars has announced that it will be replacing regular heads-up cash games with its Zoom variant as it continues efforts to become more amateur-friendly.
As reported by Bluff Europe, the move from the world’s largest online poker site was revealed earlier this week via emails sent to regular heads-up cash game players and has been designed to reduce ‘predatory behaviour’ and ‘enhance the player experience’.
Eric Hollreiser, Corporate Communications Vice-President for Amaya Incorporated, said: “These changes are part of PokerStars’ ongoing strategic plan to improve the poker ecosystem and enhance the player experience.
“In this case, we aim to reduce the widespread predatory behaviour at heads-up games. We expect these changes to incentivise more players to be focused on playing poker and less focused on selecting opponents. Ultimately, we believe this will raise the competitive bar and help increase a fun and fair playing experience for everyone.”
Fellow Amaya Incorporated site Full Tilt did away with heads-up cash games in the summer and the moves from the sites means that players are now seated with a random opponent automatically and only permitted to compete for one hand before being moved to a new table.