Last week we detailed the upcoming promotions and changes in store at WSOP.com in New Jersey, and now it’s time to put partypoker/Borgata under the microscope and see what they planned for 2015.
New Jersey online poker players can expect a number of upgrades at NJ.PartyPoker.com and BorgataPoker.com in 2015, including the addition of a waitlist “fix” in an announced software update, and improved mobile options according to a number of partypoker’s spokespeople, who have taken to social media and poker forums to get the word out, as well as from the company’s Group Director of Poker Jeffrey Haas.
History of upgrades prior to tournament series
partypoker’s last major software upgrade occurred just before the site’s most recent major online tournament series, the Garden State Super Series (GSSS), which took place in September. The software upgrade that coincided with the GSSS was mainly focused on new features and filters for the site’s lobby, as well as the addition of in-game options such as auto-rebuys.
What will be contained in the impending upgrade is unclear, but it’s likely the site will take a similar approach this time around, unveiling their first software upgrade of 2015 just prior to the start of GSSS II on January 11th.
Chances are the new software upgrade will contain a number of mostly minor improvements and new features.
One new addition expected in the upcoming software update will address one of the more frustrating features missing from online poker software in the U.S.: The absence of waitlists.
The lack of waitlists has led to an inordinate amount of complaints on forums and social media; complaints that were addressed by a partypoker rep on the 2+2 poker forum in mid-December. The partypoker spokeswoman addressed the waitlist issue, telling the 2+2 community, “Having spoken with our Product team today – we have a wait list solution planned to go live early 2015.”
Up to this point open seats were awarded musical chairs style, to the first person able to get their mouse pointer over the empty chair and click on it. It now appears help is on the way for those of us with unfavorable mouse abilities. But what kind of help is coming?
Don’t expect waitlists in the classic online poker sense. My best guess, since partypoker is referring to the upgrade as a “waitlist fix” and not a waitlist, is a system similar to live poker rooms, where players join a waitlist for a specific game and stake instead of a specific table. When their name comes up they must take the first available seat or be moved to the back of the line.
Or, perhaps not. Maybe partypoker will unveil something altogether unique.
When I spoke with Jeffrey Haas, bwin.party’s head of poker, at the Global Gaming Expo 2014 in early October he told me to expect multi-table tournaments and an improved user experience for mobile customers come January, and it appears the company is right on track to make this a reality. considering the following tweet from the official partypoker USS Twitter account:
— partypoker US Network (@partypokerUS) December 22, 2014
MTT’s should quickly boost the appeal of party’s mobile platform, any other upgrades the site makes will simply be gravy on top.
As noted above, partypoker will host the second installment of the Garden State Super Series beginning on January 11th. GSSS II will feature a total of $1,000,000 in guarantees and will run in conjunction with the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open live tournament series taking place at the Borgata Hotel and Casino.
The tournament series will run for two weeks and feature a slew of new tournament formats including “Speed-Downs” and “Super Bounties,” as well as a new, flatter, payout structure.
You can find more information on GSSS II at the partypoker New Jersey website.