PokerStars Software – Previous Upgrades
PokerStars is continuously updating and enhancing the poker software so you can get the most out of your game. Check below for the a list of past software news and updates, or click here to see what the newest features you can use on PokerStars.
- July 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- April 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- December 2013
- October 2013
- August 2013
- July 2013
- June 2013
- May 2013
- April 2013
- March 2013
- February 2013
- January 2013
- December 2012
- November 2012
- October 2012
- August 2012
- July 2012
- June 2012
- May 2012
- April 2012
- March 2012
- February 2012
- January 2012
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
- June 2011
- May 2011
- April 2011
- March 2011
- February 2011
- January 2011
- September-December 2009
- August 2009
- June-July 2009
- January–May 2009
- December 2008
- November 2008
- October 2008
* We have fixed a rare crash bug that affected players who played heads-up on multiple tables at once.
* Heads-up Sit & Go rematches will no longer show odd numbers for players with high Play Money balances.
* Many other bug fixes.
* A bug involving refresh issues on Windows 8 machines has been fixed. Tables will now feel much more responsive for affected players.
* Many improvements to flighted tournaments.
* Play money satellites now allow repeat winners. Players who win a second entry into a tournament will receive its seat value in play chips.
* Many other bug fixes and small improvements.
* New installations of the desktop client will no longer round bets off by default.
* Many bug fixes.
* Many bug fixes and small improvements.
* No Limit and Pot Limit Omaha cash games now have player Buy-in Obligations. This feature prevents players from repeatedly joining tables with the minimum buy-in, leaving as soon as they’ve won, and then resuming playing with the minimum at other tables. For more information on this feature, see here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Heads up Sit & Go rematch dialogs have been improved for ease of use.
* .FR and .ES now support Flighted tournaments.
* Many bug fixes and small improvements.
* To speed up the time it takes from being seated to being dealt cards, all play money games will default to posting the big blind out of position. Players can change this back to the old behaviour in the ‘Options’ menu.
* Many bug fixes.
The November and December client updates feature many small improvements and miscellaneous bug fixes.
Mac Performance Improvements - We have optimized the Cocoa Mac client’s performance to prevent any client lag issues.
New Default Card Backs - we have changed the default card backs to be one of the recently added variants. If your card backs have changed and you want to go back to the previous design, please right-click on the table background or felt and select ‘Table Themes’, and adjust your card back design from there.
Auto-Centering when Automatically Seated - we have added the option to always be automatically centered in the bottom center seat (or the one closest to bottom center) when a player is automatically seated at a table, for example via ‘Seat me’ or ‘Find Me A Seat’.
* Extra Bet Slider Button
The desktop client will now have four configurable buttons that control betting amounts. We have also turned the bet slider shortcut buttons on for everyone, though you can still switch them off if you prefer. If you have already customized the bet slider shortcuts, go to ‘Options’ > ‘Bet Slider Options’ to configure the extra button.
* Mac Cocoa API
The new Cocoa client will be updated and deployed to all remaining licenses (including .COM). The Cocoa client has initial Retina support for text and native OS controls.
Re-entry tournaments (Beta)
We are introducing re-entry tournaments to the PokerStars tournaments offering. In re-entry tournaments, when you bust during late registration, you are given the option to re-enter the tournament. Unlike in a rebuy, you will not keep your seat (and there is no add-on period); instead, you are given a completely new tournament entry. Initially we will start with a small Beta offering of those tournaments until we verify that everything is functioning properly.
New card decks (Beta)
We've introduced two new card decks. They are accessible via Table Themes.
Mac Cocoa support
This month, we are converting our client into the new Mac Cocoa API. This is a prerequisite for adding Retina support and many other large Mac improvements. As a first step, the Mac client now supports emoticons and the ability to re-order different columns in the lobby list.
We are releasing a new set of beta sounds for the client and have made improvements to the way sounds are played in the client to improve the overall experience. To try the new Beta sounds, simply check ‘Enable beta sounds’ in the ‘Options’ > ‘Sounds’ menu. We will be looking to make those the default sounds for the client after the Beta period.
In addition to the sounds being updated, we have also added a unique sound for Raise actions.
We would love to hear how you like the new sounds – please email your feedback to email@example.com.
Installation and First Time Signup Process changes
In order to test our changes and ultimately make the new user experience better, a percentage of clients will now install with the new Group View mode on by default. To change it back to the original view, go to the View options on the left side of the main lobby and move the red button from the third setting to the first.
Further Improvements for Rebuy Tournaments
Whenever you are eligible for a rebuy, a rebuy button will show directly on the table. The location of this button on the table will vary based on the theme you are using. Once the Add-on period starts, the button will change accordingly.
Improvements to First Time Deposit Process
We are making improvements to the deposit process by enhancing the user experience at the first step, where we collect and verify important personal information about the player.
For now, this change will be for the French client only. We will then roll it out to other clients as well. While this is not something that will be visible as a major change to many players, it continues our goal towards making the initial experience more streamlined for recreational players.
New Game Types: 5 Card Omaha & Courchevel
We have deployed two new game types: 5 Card Omaha and Courchevel. Both will be rolled out in Hi and Hi/Lo variants, and you can find Ring Games under the ‘Omaha’ > ‘5 Card Omaha’ tabs.
In case you are not familiar with those variants, 5 Card Omaha is played just like regular Omaha, but with five hole cards. Courchevel is a variation of 5 Card Omaha where the first flop card is dealt face up at the beginning of the hand.
Font Options and Changes to Default Font Setup for List Of Games
In order to improve readability of the list of games, we are adding three pixels to the height of the rows in the main lobby game lists.
We also have added options to change the font used in the main lobby game lists. To access these options go to ‘View’ > ‘Game List Font Options’.
Auto Rebuy for Tournaments Improvements
We have introduced the ability for players to specify in more detail how they want Auto Rebuy to work in rebuy tournaments. You will now have three options to specify from the table of a rebuy tournament:
- Whenever possible
- 1x Rebuy when 0 chips
- 2x Rebuy when 0 chips
In addition, we are adding the ability to set your default tournament Auto Rebuy preference so that you don’t need to specify your selection for each tournament. To do this, simply go to ‘Options’ > ‘Auto Rebuy (Tournaments)...’. Of course, you can also later change your choice via the table controls for each individual tournament.
Option to Register for a New Sit & Go from Elimination Dialog
We have added the ability to register for another Sit & Go of the same type in the dialog that shows once a tournament ends for you. This is simply a convenience feature to allow players to jump straight into another Sit & Go of the same type.
Zoom Observation Mode
This item was briefly mentioned last update, but we have now rolled out the ability to observe a Zoom group. Once you select a Zoom group you will notice an ‘Observe Game’ button. What actually happens is that observers see a selection of hands that have been recently played, to allow them to get a feel for Zoom. There are multiple factors that determine which hands are picked and shown to observers, but the goal is to pick the most interesting hands.
We also now have the ability to show Zoom groups in the main list of Ring Games, as some of you have already noticed.
Hall Of Fame Client Badges
We are introducing ‘Hall of Fame’ badges for players who are members of the VIP Club Hall of Fame. You can read more about the Hall of Fame here.
Views for Ring Game Lobbies
After adding a few enhancements to functionality during the Beta stage, we are releasing new views for the list of available games in the ring game lobbies. After you next update the software, you will see a new control in the ring game lobbies that allows you to change the ‘View’, with these three options:
- Table View - This is the usual standard view, i.e. one list with all tables that match your filter settings
- Groups View - All tables of the same type are grouped together in one entry, and there is a ‘Find Me A Seat’ button. This button looks for an empty seat at a table of this type. If no seat is immediately available, you will be given the option to continue searching for a seat. In this instance, the system will automatically add you to waiting lists and check for available seats until you either cancel the search or a seat is found. In either eventuality, you are automatically removed from any waiting lists where the system has added you. Soon, the plan is to integrate this with Table Starters (see November 2012 update below), so that if one exists you will also be added to the Table Starter.
We have also added a new ‘Observe’ icon, which when clicked will open a table of this type that can be observed. Also, the number of tables now shows only tables which are dealing (for non-HU types), as opposed to also including empty or non-dealing tables.
- Combo View - Here you can see groups, and once you select a group you will also see the specific tables within a group. It’s great for players who like to monitor multiple table types, but like to switch easily between them.
Graphical Preview for Ring Games
We have added a graphical preview of the selected ring game in the main lobby. You will see a new toggle icon above the list of players on a table in the main lobby, allowing you to switch between the standard list view and a new graphical view of the table. In the graphical view you will still see notes on opponents, but in addition you will also be shown sitting out players, and where the button is. You can also choose a specific seat directly from the lobby, if one is available.
Progressive Knockout Tournaments
We will be trialling a new type of a knockout tournament, currently given the working title ‘Progressive Knockouts’. In this variant, when you eliminate a player, you get a part of their bounty credited to your account, but another part goes towards your own bounty. This means you become more attractive to your opponents!
We are initially deploying only a few of these, to make sure everything is running smoothly before we deploy on a wider scale.
Ability to Change Order of Columns in Lobby
This update adds drag & drop functionality to the columns in the main lobby, so you can arrange them just the way you want. Simply drag the header of any column and drop it where you want. You can also click the Column Settings gear icon just above the scroll bar to further configure your lobby.
Auto-Seating Options (Ring Games)
This update merges the ‘Find Seat Options’ and ‘Table Starter Preferences’ into a new ‘Auto-Seating Options (Ring Games)’ dialog that is found under the ‘Options’ menu in the main lobby.
Game List Font Options
We have added three new font set-ups. You can change the font set-up from ‘View’ > ‘Game List Font Options’. The new options are:
- ‘Microsoft Sans Serif with Row Padding’ - this is the current font, with a few pixels of added row padding to aid readability.
- ‘Utah’ - this is a set-up that uses the Utah font. Utah is a relatively new font that is designed to be narrow but at the same time very readable.
- ‘Arial’ - this is a set-up with the Arial font.
For each of the set-ups you can change the font size to adjust the size up and down to your liking.
Preferred Seat Enhancements
We are enhancing the preferred seat functionality slightly. In addition to updating the graphics to the Nova theme, we are also adding two new options: ‘Auto-center me at ring game tables’ and ‘Auto-center me at tournament tables’. If checked, each option will automatically seat you in the bottom centre seat for the respective game type, unless you already have a preferred seat setting for a specific layout. For themes that don’t have a bottom centre seat, you will be seated in the seat on the right of the bottom centre of the table.
We will also make the option for tournaments switched on by default, while the one for ring games will be off by default.
Speed Filter Changes (Ring Games)
In line with the changes to table speed, the ring game filters will not have a Speed box anymore. Same applies to Easy Seat.
Zoom tournaments are tournaments that play in a ‘Zoom’ style, i.e. once you fold you are moved to another table with different players from the same tournament that, like you, have finished their hands. Once the tournament nears the final table, it will switch to a regular playing style till the end of the tournament. There is also support for hand-for-hand while in Zoom mode of the tournament. During hand-for-hand, each hand will be synchronized so that once all tables have finished players will be re-seated and the next hand will be dealt. This way, we keep the spirit of Zoom game play, while disincentivizing stalling on the bubble.
VIP Club 2013 Changes
This update lays the groundwork for the new VIP Level, ChromeStar, which is being introduced from the start of 2013.
Variable Level Length in Tournaments
We are planning to start a beta test of Zoom tournaments on the main clients. We will initially start quite slowly, with a small selection of tournaments, until we make sure that everything is running smoothly. Tournaments will support variable time for different levels with this update. This would allow, for example, a tournament to have shorter initial levels, while having longer late-stage levels. This will be tested and then gradually added to some tournament structures.
VIP Store Localization
The VIP Store will support multiple languages after this update. It will take time to populate the language data, but this should be a great improvement for non-English speakers.
Run It Twice for Zoom
After this update we will be able to deploy Run It Twice (RIT) on Zoom groups. The exact timing of when RIT will be enabled for Zoom is not clear just yet, but we will update you once deployed. It might take some time after the client update.
Nova Becoming the Default Theme
Nova will become the default table theme at PokerStars. Players who have never changed their theme on their current install will be prompted to change to the Nova theme, and new installations will have Nova by default.
‘Waiting On Tables’ Dialog Improvements
The ‘Waiting on Tables’ dialog will now allow you to remove yourself from individual waiting lists, in addition to leaving all waiting lists.
Showing Number of Knockouts in Knockout Tournaments
In knockout tournaments, we will show in the Tourney Lobby the number of players someone has knocked out as an additional statistic.
Zoom Shorthanded Dealing (Beta)
This update will allow a Zoom player pool to begin shorthanded. When the Zoom group has a low number of players we can set the system to start dealing hands even if a table won’t be full.
Table Starters (Beta)
Table Starters acts like an interest list for specific ring game table types. They will appear in the lobby as another table and will be identified with a special icon at the start. Players can sign up on the Table Starter through the lobby by clicking “Join Table Starter”. Once enough players have signed up, a new table is created with the players on the Table Starter list.
Here is how a table will specifically be started: Buy-in amount will be asked at the time of joining the table starter. At this point funds are not reserved, but players pre-approve to be bought in for that amount once the table starts. Once enough players join the Table Starter who have the pre-approved funds available, the new table will open and players will be bought in for the amounts they previously specified. Then blinds will then be posted but the dealing of cards will not actually start for a few seconds to allow all players to notice the new table starting. Once this short wait elapses, dealing will begin, and from then on everything will behave like a normal table. There will also be a “Play Now” button that if clicked by everyone who is seated will start the dealing immediately.
Every player can choose how many players they want to start a table with. Once a match is found a table will start. You can customize your own settings for when a table should start by going to ‘Options’ > ‘Table Starter Preferences...’ So if four players have specified they are OK for the table to start four-handed join the Table Starter, a new table will be formed and those players will be able to play while the remaining seats stay open for other players.
Various features in PokerStars will automatically sign up players for Table Starters if they cannot be seated immediately. For example, when using “Easy Seat” or clicking “Play Now” in group mode, the system will first try to seat you at an existing table as requested, and if unavailable you will be added to the Table Starters list.
To avoid abuse, there will be a timer that will block players from using Table Starters should they be seated at a new table and then leave soon after the start of dealing. We also have automatic monitoring for abusive behaviours and reserve the right to sanction players who attempt to use Table Starters for purposes other than to play at the newly created tables. More specifically, trying to avoid paying your fair share of blinds, or using Table Starters to find favorable opponents, is not allowed.
We will be rolling Table Starters out slowly at first, but if all works as expected they may be utilized as the only way to start new tables of certain types
We will slowly introduce a system that will protect players who are registered in Sit & Go tournaments should they become disconnected before the Sit & Go starts. In essence, the system will unregister players from specific Sit & Go’s if the players are disconnected for longer than a specified amount of time. The time you will need to be disconnected will depend on the specific Sit & Go and will be configured per tournament. The purpose of this feature is to help prevent players who register but then get disconnected from being blinded out of an event which starts when they are no longer able to connect and play.
Run It Twice (Beta)
We have been working on Run It Twice, and are now ready to deploy it as a Beta feature in the main clients. To recap for players who might not yet be familiar with the feature, Run It Twice allows players to have the remaining board cards dealt twice once everyone is all in. The pot is split in two and awarded for each ‘board’ separately. Players must ‘opt in’ to always use Run It Twice when the opportunity arises.
You can configure Run It Twice settings from ‘Options’ > ‘Run It Twice (Beta)’, and select the following choices:
- Never (default)
- By Table (default On)
- By Table (default Off)
Everyone remaining in a hand when action is completed needs to have elected to Run It Twice in order for it to actually happen. If any of the participants in the hand have not turned on this feature in advance, the board will run out normally, one time, for all players.
We will not charge extra rake for Run It Twice hands.
New Deck (Beta)
We are releasing the new Quasar deck to the main clients. We have both new front cards and new back cards which are independent of each other, so you can mix them with current fronts and backs.
System to Unregister from Sit & Go’s when Disconnected (Beta)
We will slowly roll out a system that will protect players who are registered in Sit & Go tournaments should they become disconnected before the Sit & Go starts. In essence, the system will unregister players from specific Sit & Go’s if the players are disconnected for longer than a specified amount of time. The time you will need to be disconnected will depend on the specific Sit & Go and will be configured per tournament. The purpose of this feature is to help prevent players who register but then get disconnected from being blinded out of an event which starts when they are no longer able to connect and play.
There is an option to opt out of this protection via ‘Options’ > ‘Advanced Multi-Table Options’ > ‘No Automated Unregistering for Sit & Go tournaments’.
Round To Nearest Blind
Players who use the bet slider shortcuts or hotkeys to ‘bet % of pot’ will have their bet rounded to the nearest small or big blind. Whether the rounding is to the small or to the big blind will depend on the bet slider increment you have chosen in ‘Options’ > ‘Bet Slider Options’ (default is Big blind).
We have also added the ability for players to opt out and use the old logic by selecting ‘Set/Bet % of pot: Don’t round to nearest blind’ in ‘Options’ > ‘Advanced Multi-Table Options’.
Preserved Chat on Zoom Tables
Zoom tables will now preserve the chat from the last few hands. This will hopefully make it more social in smaller Zoom pools, where it is likely that you will have similar opponents on the next hand, and will also allow Zoom players to BOOM! their hands more easily.
3 New Emoticons
We have added three new emoticons – fish, donkey, and shark.
We have added chat emoticons to the chat area to improve your chatting experience.
We have recently enabled BOOM! on the client. As some of you have already seen, BOOM! allows you to share your poker hands in the format of a video, and view and discuss hands shared by other players and Pros. You can share hands either directly to Twitter or VKontakte from the client or to http://www.boomplayer.com, where you can watch, upload, or discuss hands. Visit the BOOM! page for more info.
Custom Time Zones
We are adding a ‘Custom’ entry in the time zones dialog that allows you to specify a custom UTC offset in case your time zone or the Daylight Saving Time specific to your region is not currently supported.
Table Themes Customization (Beta)
We are adding improvements to the ability to customize the look of the tables. We are bringing all customization options into one dialog, that is directly accessible from the table:
This dialog replaces the previous ‘Table Themes’ dialog. Changes:
- All themes now support multiple felt color and background options.
- Custom felt color. Don’t like the colors we have pre-selected? No problem, pick your own!
- More visibility on changing the front deck and back deck.
- The back deck is not tied to the front deck anymore, so you can now mix and match.
- The dialog has a preview area on the table for quick feedback on the changes.
- We have added two new profiles: ‘All Sit & Go Tables’ and ‘All Zoom Tables’. So now you can have a different felt color, background or theme based on the type of game. Just select a different profile from the ‘Apply To’ drop-down and apply your changes to that profile.
- An option to apply the changes via the right-click table menu to the current table only. This is accessed from the lobby via ‘View’ > ‘Right-Click: Apply Changes to This Table Only’.
Table Groups (Beta v2)
This feature was already released, but changes have been made to both interface and functionality in an ongoing process to find the optimal implementation for this innovative feature.
The biggest change is that the ‘Play Now’ button (previously ‘Seat Me’) will now keep looking for an available seat if an empty seat does not currently exist. The player will also be progressively added to waiting lists.
In addition, we have introduced a simpler initial view with a new toggle to see the list of tables and players, and we have removed the expanding/collapsing functionality.
We are making this feature available to real money players, but it is disabled by default. To enable the feature please go to ‘Options’ > ‘Lobby Display Options’ > ‘Group Similar Tables’.
Once the feature is active you will see an On/Off toggle in the main lobby that will allow you to easily revert to the previous view.
Easy Seat Advanced Options
We are adding the ‘Filter’ advanced options to ‘Easy Seat’ that will allow you to specify additional criteria for the tables Easy Seat considers. For example, Min. Average Pot, Min. Average Stack, etc.
Beta Options Menu
We have added a lot of new functionality over the past few updates and decided to add a new ‘Beta Options’ menu that will allow players to easily see what the latest Beta features are. To access it simply go to ‘Options’ > ‘Beta options’.
Auto-Buy-In and Rathole Restriction
We have added an option in the ‘Auto-Buy-In’ dialog to allow players to auto-buy-in for the rathole restriction amount when applicable, and not be prompted with the buy-in dialog. To activate this setting, simply check ‘Automatically return to table with same amount if required’ in the Auto-Buy-In dialog (‘Options’ > ‘Auto-Buy-In (Ring Games)’).
Zoom is our fast-paced ring game format that allows you to play many more hands per hour, by constantly assigning players to new tables, with new opponents, as soon as they fold.
Zoom is a very customizable product, as players can pick three different animation styles, choose to ‘Sit Out Next Big Blind’, and even decide to fold a hand but still remain on the table and observe it, by clicking Ctrl+Fold Button.
New MTT Lobby
We have released an alternative layout for the main ‘Tourney’ lobby in the client. The aim is to re-group the information and make it more user-friendly to navigate through the tournament listings.
This alternative layout is turned off by default for now, but you can try it out by going to ‘Options’ > ‘Lobby Display Options’ > ‘Enable Alternative Tournament List Layout (Beta)’.
Bigger Fonts on Small Tables
We have released as Beta the option to use alternative, bigger fonts for tables at smaller sizes. To try the alternative fonts, enable them from ‘Options’ > ‘Table Display Options’ > ‘Larger Fonts on Small Tables (Beta)’.
Pre-Action Checkboxes Redesign
This is a small improvement to the design of the pre-action check boxes, to make them stand out more.
Omaha Tab Redesign
The main Omaha games tab will get a slight redesign to allow players to find the games they want more easily. Play Money games will be split with their own tab, and there will also be Real Money sub-tabs for stake levels (All, High, Medium, Low, Micro).
We are now pleased to offer you Flighted Tournaments, which allows you to play the first levels of a large tournament at different times, and then join together with other players for the later stages. This format is similar to certain large live events, where there are days 1A and 1B, both of which send survivors to Day 2.
Highlight Active Player
We have released an alternate way of marking the active player, which uses a highlight effect rather than blinking. You can enable this setting via "Options" > "Table Display Options" > "Highlight Active Player ".
Chat Bubble Improvements
We have made the following improvements to chat bubbles based on player feedback:
- Bubbles will automatically be sized based on text length.
- You can disable your own chat bubbles via the menu that drops down from your chat bubble.
- Left-clicking a chat bubble instantly hides that particular chat bubble instance.
This feature allows you to configure keyboard/mouse shortcuts for various game actions. You can configure your PokerStars hotkeys by going to 'Options' > 'Hotkey Settings'.
Hotkey actions include: Fold, Check, Bet / Raise, Set Bet amount to X% / BB / All in (with the option of whether to bet or just set the bet amount), Activate next / previous table and more. You can also control which table uses the hotkey, either the one that is active, or the one that is under the mouse pointer. You can even specify a custom color for a table border that highlights the table that is receiving the hotkey!
Easy Seat transforms the experience of starting a multi-tabling session. Once you set up your Easy Seat preferences you will be able to launch your sessions with just a single click from the main lobby! Taking your seat has never been this easy!
Once started, Easy Seat will automatically look for free seats at tables that match your criteria. If there aren't enough free seats; Easy Seat will add you to suitable waiting lists. For example, if you specify that you want to play 18 fast tables of €1/€2 No Limit Hold'em, the Easy Seat system will seat you at 18 tables as fast as possible.
Easy Seat can also help maintain your desired number of tables. If you enable 'Session Mode', when tables close Easy Seat will open new ones to keep you at your desired number.
Easy Seat will initially be in a Beta stage and not shown by default in the main ring game lobby. To test out Easy Seat, go to 'Options' > 'Lobby Display Options' and select 'Show Easy Seat (Beta)'. For best results you should enable Auto-Buy-In to make the process as seamless as possible.
Time tournaments are perfect when you want to play a tournament but only have a limited amount of time. Time tournaments end after a pre-defined period. Once the time limit is reached, surviving players are paid out based wholly or partially on chip counts.
"Nova" Table Themes
There are four new themes, which include a new table design, and features that many players asked for, such as North/South seating, bigger fonts, more distinguishable cards of opponents etc. To use one of the new themes simply go to 'View' > 'Table Themes' and pick one of the Nova themes.
4-Max Final Table
4-Max tournaments will now go to the final table at 5 players. This means that you will be playing 5-handed in a '4-Max' tournament but this avoids the uneven situation of one table having to play heads-up while the other is 3-handed.
Show Full Hole Cards
If you enable this option (under 'Options' > 'Table Display Options') you will see the whole of both hole cards. This feature applies to Texas Hold'em only.
Show Large Opponent Cards
If you enable this option (under 'Options' > 'Table Display Options') the size of your opponents' hole cards is increased. This makes it easier to quickly see who is left in a hand.
Fold and Show/Show One Card
Players will now be given the ability to Fold and Show (rather than just fold) when last to act. Players will also be able to only show some of their cards rather than having to choose between showing all or none. You choose which card(s) you want to show by clicking on them.
Fold and Show does not work in draw games. As before, general preferences for whether to ever show are controlled in the 'Showing / Mucking Hands' section of the Options menu.
Ring Game Lobby Improvements
We have made improvements to the ring game lobby. There will be a new 'Type' column that will show game speed and buy-in structure, and an icon for table size. The table column will now only have the table name.
We have made improvements to some of the table animations in the client so they are smoother. This is part of a large project that will gradually improve animations in the client even more. To try these improvements, select 'Options' > 'Table Display Options' > 'Animation' > 'Full (Beta)'. We have renamed the previous animation method to 'Simplified', which will still be the default until further notice.
Home Games Social Features
Home Games clubs will be more social in future. We have added a wall feature to allow players to post and reply to messages in the club lobby. We have also added an announcement/whiteboard feature for club administrators so they can share important messages with their members.
Deal Making Improvements
Over the last month we have added to all our guaranteed Multi-Table Tournaments (MTT's) a feature that allows players to pause a tournament manually when on the final table. If you want to pause a tournament for deal discussions, simply go to the 'Info' tab on the table and select 'Discuss a deal'. If all players on the final table select this, then the tournament will auto-pause and a Support representative will be called to the table to facilitate the deal. We will be expanding this option to include more MTTs in coming weeks.
We have made a number of improvements to how our notes system works:
- You can now differentiate between a player who just has a colored label and a player who actually has a textual note. The presence of the 'N' icon would indicate that there is text, while the lack of it would indicate that you have just assigned a colored label.
- Applying a color label is much quicker now. You can do this via the 'Label' right-click menu that has been added, or even quicker by enabling 'Left-click player to assign label' from 'Options' > 'Player Notes'. This will allow you to see the labels menu by just left-clicking a player - very handy for quick note taking!
- You can now have more than eight labels, and there are also various other small improvements.
Sit & Go Lobby Revamp
PokerStars has made changes to the Sit & Go lobby to make it easier to navigate and find the games you want. Also added are Hyper-Turbo cash Sit & Go's as part of the non-satellite Sit & Go offering.
Sit Out Next Big Blind and Close Table
This new functionality lets you sit out the next big blind and close an individual table. 'Options' > 'Advanced Multi-Table Options' > 'Sit out next big blind' checkbox: Close table on big blind' enables this feature.
Activating this checkbox changes the behaviour when manually selecting 'Sit out next big blind' checkbox, closing the table once you are sitting out. Note that Session Options can still be used to sit out next big blind on all tables without closing tables.
Apply Active Layout
You will now be able to reapply a currently saved layout without having to switch it off and on again. The shortcut for this will be CTRL-3, or you can use 'Apply Active Layout' from the 'View' menu, also accessible directly from every table.
Rearrangement of Title bar for Tournament Tables
The title bar of tournament table windows will now have the most important information (Tournament name and blind information) appearing at the front.
Option not to Steal Focus when Typing in Chat or taking a Note
Following up on the update for Detached Chat in the last build, an option in 'Options' > 'Advanced Multi-Table Options' called 'Don't steal focus from chat and notes' has been added. When this checkbox is enabled and a new table pops to the front, the focus will remain on the table where you were typing.
Note that enabling this option might affect third party tools such as hotkeys, since the table which has keyboard focus is not the table that needs action, but the table where you are taking a note.
The lobby's 'Column Settings' dialog box allows you to choose which lobby columns are displayed in the list of games. You can now also resize the width of individual columns. The 'Column Settings' dialog is accessible via a small icon to the right of the last column.
This means that if you want to, you can now remove the "H/hr" column or the "ID" tournament column and make your lobby simpler. Another part of this feature is the ability to lock the sort of the columns – so if you mis-click a header, you won't lose your advanced sort as a result.
Chat Bubbles make it more obvious when players are talking, to tell who is talking. If you don't like this feature, you can turn it off at the table by mousing over a chat bubble and using the drop-down menu that will show in the right of the bubble. Alternatively, you can also disable Chat Bubbles in 'Options' > 'Table Display Options'.
Easier Note Taking for Detached Chat
If you are using Detached Chat and are in 'Merge All Detached Chat Windows' mode, other tables will not interrupt your chat and note taking. If you are taking a note on one table and another requires action, the table will come to the front but the Detached Chat window will still retain the information about the previous table and the selected text area will stay focussed. So now you can finish your chat or note safely.
Show List of Registered Players in Lobby
You will now be able to see the list of players that have already registered for Heads-up and Single Table Tournaments directly from the main lobby.
Add Recipient's Avatar when Confirming a Transfer
After the City to Country change, players expressed concerns that displaying the recipient's country is not enough in order to be sure that you are transferring money to the right person.
We have now added the recipient's avatar in the confirmation screen as well.
Recurring Home Games Tournaments
If you run a game every Tuesday night (or whenever, the feature isn't limited to Tuesdays) at 21:00, this feature will make it much easier to run your club. Options will be available to run daily, weekly and monthly tournaments and are clearly accessible from the create a tournament dialog.
Hide Hole Cards (Ctrl+H)
If you want to see your hole cards face down, and only peek at them occasionally, now you can. This feature is mostly aimed at players in Home Games playing in the same room as their opponents, but you can use it outside of Home Games as well. To look at your hand, simply move your mouse cursor over it.
Changes to the Update Rules to the Lobby Lists of Games
The biggest change in this update is that we have improved the update logic for the list of games in the lobby to provide a much smoother experience. 'Jumps' in the list of games has been a common complaint by many players, experienced and new alike.
The new update logic eliminates to a large degree the feeling of 'jumps'. As a result, finding the games you want should now be easier, even in the very busy and constantly updating PokerStars lobby.
Customize VIP Club Progress Bar: Daily VPP Goal Option
We have added a daily VPPs goal option to the Customizable VIP Club Progress Bar. To choose this option go to 'Options' > 'Customize VIP Club Progress Bar' and choose 'Daily' from the drop-down for 'VIP Player Point (VPP) Goal'.
Displaying Country Instead of City
Whenever the location of a player needs to be displayed in the client, it now shows the player's Country rather than City.
This change affects players who are using custom layouts and have the 'Remember Table Positioning' option turned off. We changed the behaviour of where new tables would open after you close a table which you have manually moved out of the layout. Now, the new table would open in the next available spot in your layout and not at the location where the last table was closed. This should make the experience of using custom layouts smoother.
Home Games Improvements
- Inviting Members to your Club: We've made it easier to let people know about your club through Facebook and Twitter. You'll see icons for sharing Home Game information with your friends in various places throughout the client.
- Custom Lobby Message: You can now define the lobby message for your tournaments.
- Observer Chat Restrictions: Observers are now allowed to chat in all club events.
- 15% 9-Max pay structure: We added a tier to this pay structure with 2 players getting paid.
- Other small improvements.
Home Games is a brand new featured section of the PokerStars game client, unlike anything else in online poker. It's designed to let you create and manage your own private Poker Club, where you play the ring games and tournaments you choose, with just your friends, at the time you want. All you need to do is visit the new 'Home Games' tab in the lobby and open your own club or join a club created by one of your poker buddies. Then you can schedule and play your very own online Home Games.
For more information, see the Home Games web page.
Customizable VIP Club Progress Bar
We have rebranded the VIP Stellar Rewards progress bar as the 'VIP Club Progress Bar'. You can choose between Stellar Rewards and Milestones, VIP level, or monthly or yearly VPP targets. To access the customization menu, go to 'Options' > 'Customize VIP Club Progress Bar'.
Automatic Seating when you Accept a Seat from Waiting List
When you accept a seat from a waiting list you will now be automatically seated and will immediately see the buy-in dialog. As a result, you won't have to click on a reserved seat anymore. If you have Auto Buy-In enabled, you will be instantly bought in as well, without needing to make any more clicks. We appreciate that some players might not like this, so we've added an option to keep the old behavior. If you still want to click on a specific reserved seat manually, please uncheck 'Options' > 'Advanced Multi-table Options' > 'Auto-Seat Me after accepting reserved seat'.
When you select a table that has empty seats in the ring game lobby, you will notice a 'Seat Me' button below the 'Go to Table' button. Clicking 'Seat Me' automatically opens the table for you and sits you in one of the empty seats on the table. If you have Auto Buy-In enabled, you will be automatically bought in for the desired amount; if not – the usual buy-in dialog will appear. In this way taking a seat can be a single-click process from the main lobby.
Building on top of "Seat Me" we are introducing "Find Seat". When you select a full ring game table or a table at which you are already seated, a "Find Seat" button will show where the "Seat Me" button is displayed. The "Find Seat" feature looks for an empty seat at another table of the exact same type as the currently selected one and reserves it for you.
We have also added this feature to the "Session Options" menu:
- Seat Me at a Similar Table: We have also added this feature to the "Session Options" menu, so with two mouse clicks or by pressing Ctrl+S you can be seated at another identical table without even having to open the main lobby.
- Register to Similar Tournament: Sit & Go's have a related change – the "Session Options" menu will have a new entry – "Register to Similar Tournament (Ctrl+S)" – this has the same effect as "Register to Any" from the lobby.
Bet Slider Options
A "Bet Slider Options" menu has been added:
- The mouse wheel can now be used to move the bet slider without having to select the table first. Simply hover the mouse pointer over the bet slider and any scrolls will affect the bet slider beneath the pointer, regardless of which PokerStars table currently has focus.
- There are several options that adjust the bet slider behavior. You can choose to increment in small blinds, to invert the mouse wheel behavior, and to jump the slider to the clicked position instead of incrementing by a small or a big blind.
- Last, and most probably best, we have given you the ability to customize your own bet sizing shortcut buttons. Those are small buttons above the bet slider which have pre-set bet amounts, which you can choose. Those buttons are off by default since not every player wants them, but you can enable them by going to 'Options' > 'Bet Slider Options'. You can configure different buttons for pre- and for post-flop action. Pre-flop you can specify number of Big Blinds and post-flop you can specify % of the pot among other options, including betting the "Pot". You can have anything that will fit your playing style – it's all up to you to customize.
Moving this out of Beta, we have improved the design and also added several additional features. There is an option now to automatically detach the window for newly-opened tables. We have also implemented 'Merged' mode (by default) when you are playing at more than one table. In Merged mode there is only one detached chat window shared among all the tables that are currently open. As you switch tables, the visible chat changes too, in that one window.
Auto Buy-In allows you to instantly buy in after left-clicking Seat Open without any intermediate steps. Simply set up your buy-in preferences once, and the next time you sit at a table you will automatically buy-in. Auto Buy-In can be set up through 'Options' > 'Auto-Buy-In (Ring Games)...' or by clicking on the link in the traditional buy-in dialog. You can choose the number of "big bets" you want to buy-in on all Fixed Limit tables, and the number of "big blinds" to buy-in for on various types of No Limit, Pot Limit and Mixed Limit tables. Want to buy in as an exception for a different amount? Simply right-click on 'Seat Open' and the traditional buy-in dialog will show up.
With this release we introduce an integrated platform that easily allows you to manage your state during a session. When you are playing, you will see a small additional icon on each of your tables that gives you easy access to the Session Options menu. From there you can Sit Out on all tables, Sit out next big blind on all tables, Resume play on all tables that you are sitting out on, and end your session gracefully – Sit out next big blind on all tables and close them.
For immediate feedback about the state of your session, the table icon will change from a green play sign when you are sitting in on all tables, to a yellow play/pause icon when you are sitting in on some and sitting out on other tables, to a red pause icon when you are sitting out on all tables.
Euro Accounts and Games
PokerStars now offers the ability for players to keep money in the Euro (€) in addition to the US Dollar ($), and also offers ring games and tournaments in Euro. Players from Eurozone countries can now deposit, play, and cash out in their local currency without having to worry about currency exchanges!To add the Euro currency to your PokerStars account, you can:
- Make a Deposit: If you are depositing in Euro, the software will automatically offer to add a Euro account on your behalf. You can also click ‘Add another currency account’ in the window that appears before making your deposit.
- Join a Euro game: The software will automatically offer to add a Euro account and move money into it for you.
- Open the Cashier: If you’re from a current or future Eurozone country, the ‘Add New Currency’ button will appear in your cashier.
For more information about Euro Accounts and Games, see our Multi-Currency pages.
VIP Club Updates for 2010
In 2010 PokerStars VIP Club continues to get better, with the addition of Stellar Rewards, $1,000,000 Freerolls and more! For more information, see the VIP Club Changes webpage.
We’ve made a number of improvements to the PokerStars note-taking system based on feedback from players:
Customisable Note Labels: It’s now possible to create up to eight note ‘labels’, which you can then assign to an opponent during play. To set up your labels, go to ‘Options’ > ‘Player Notes Management’ > ‘Player Note Labels’ menu option.
To choose a new color for each label, simply click on the colored square. Enter your name for the label in the box to the right of the colored square.
Once you’ve set up your labels, you can assign one to a player when taking a note. Click the colored square to choose from the available labels. Note that you must enter at least one character into the note box for the note to be saved.
Better Note Visibility: If you have taken a note on a player, the note icon now appears in the ring game player list, waiting list, and in the tournament lobby. If you’ve made good notes, this helps to quickly scope out your opposition!
In a tournament lobby, double-click on a player’s name to see the notes you’ve taken. In a ring game, you can now hover the mouse over the note icon, and any notes you’ve taken will appear in a tooltip.
Contact Support Form
To improve your Support experience we have added a Form in the PokerStars software that allows you to easily send a message directly to us while logged into your account. A link to the form can be found in the ‘Help’ menu of the PokerStars software:
Simply select your preferred language, select the most appropriate Category (for example, ‘Tournaments’) and Sub-Category (for example ‘Tournament Rules’), input a Subject (for example ‘Question about Disconnected Players in Tournaments’) and then input your query.
Quickly Find Team PokerStars Pro
To quickly find all members of Team PokerStars Pro playing in PokerStars games, click the ‘Team Pro’ button at the bottom of the lobby
Ring game tables and tournaments where a member of Team PokerStars Pro is playing are now highlighted in the lobby with a red spade icon. If you wish, you can group all of the Team Pro tables together, using the ‘Show Team Pro Tables Always On Top’ feature in the ‘Options’ menu, to make it easy to follow the pros.
Conversion of W-Money
In order to provide more flexibility to players, we’ve converted all W-Money in the system to T-Money. T-Money (Tournament Money) can be used to register in any PokerStars tournament. See the T-Money page to find out more.
New Game – Mixed Hold’em / Omaha
Also known as ‘Round of Each’ or ‘HA’, in this new mixed format the game alternates between Hold’em and Omaha. In tournaments, the game changes each level and in ring games, the game changes every 9 hands. This game is part of the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker schedule and can be found in the ‘Other Games’ > ‘Mixed Games’ > ‘PLH/PLO’ lobby.
Synchronised Tournament Breaks
Some multi-table tournaments on PokerStars now feature ‘synchronised’ breaks. Instead of going on breaks after certain intervals during play, all of these tournaments will go on break at 55 minutes past each hour. For example, a tournament that begins at 16:30 will go on break at 16:55, 17:55, 18:55 and so on.
Tournaments that use Synchronised Breaks are marked in two ways. First, if the tournament is selected in the main lobby, the side information panel will show ‘The tournament goes on break at 55 minutes past the hour’:
Secondly, the ‘Breaks’ area of the ‘Tournament Info’ window will also show this information:
Further Improvements to Extended Registration
The length of extended registration is now shown in the ‘Tournament Info’ dialog, and we’ve improved some technical aspects of the system.
Private Tournaments for Smaller Stakes
We’ve added the ability to create private tournaments at the $1.10 and $3.30 levels. The privilege to create private tournaments on PokerStars is available to most players who have earned 2000 or more VPP over the lifetime of their account. If you believe you qualify for the privilege, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Auto Add-On for Rebuy Tournaments
Ever forget to add-on, or frustrated by having to wait until the rebuy period ends before doing so? Now you can simply click ‘Auto Add-On’ and take your break. The option will appear towards the end of the rebuy period.
Show Hole Cards When All-In (Ring Games)
By default, the hole cards are now turned face up when all players are all-in in a ring game. If you would prefer to keep your cards hidden until the showdown, you can uncheck this item in the ‘Options’ menu of the main lobby. The hole cards will only be shown if everybody in the hand has the option enabled.
Show Hole Cards When All-In (Ring Games)
Downloadable Playing Audit
You can now request a copy of your real money audit, which shows every real money transaction made on your account in a specified period of time. The report will be compressed and uploaded to the PokerStars server, and encrypted and password protected for security. Go to ‘Requests’ > ‘Playing History Audit’ to request your report. Note that due to the encryption used to secure the file, an up-do-date compression program such as WinRAR is required to open it.
Downloadable Playing Audit
This beta feature will allow you to detach the Chat, Notes, Stats and Info tabs into a new window, which can be resized and rearranged. To activate the detached controls, choose ‘Detached Controls (Beta)’ from the table layout menu or press Ctrl-2 (Cmd-2 on a Mac) on your keyboard.
12-Hour Self Exclusion
Need a few hours to cool off after a bad beat? Take half a day to relax with our new 12-hour exclusion. See Responsible Gaming for more information.
New FPP Reward System in Ring Games
The new system will award partial FPPs at some ring game tables, and will result in more FPPs being awarded overall. For more information about the FPP system, see PokerStars VIP Club.
The PokerStars client is now available in 25 languages, including Greek and Traditional Chinese.
Improved Statistics for Draw Games
Switch to the ‘Stats’ tab at the table, and you’ll be shown useful information about your current draw session.
Tournament Name and Buy-In in the Title Bar
A popular request, this information has been added to the table title bar to help you keep track of which table is which while playing multiple games.
A number of small graphical tweaks have been made to improve the look and feel of certain themes, and to make the chat brighter and easier to read.
RSA Token Security
The security of your account is of paramount importance to PokerStars, so we’ve worked hard to bring you new, state-of-the-art security solutions. To set up the new security options, go to ‘Account’ > ‘Login Security Settings’ in the PokerStars lobby.
Login Security Settings
Login Security Settings
The RSA SecurID token is available to all players in the VIP store, for just 6,000 FPP. Learn more about RSA Token Security here.
Another new security feature free for all players is the PokerStars PIN.
The PokerStars PIN is entered using a ‘virtual keypad’ instead of your keyboard. The position of each key changes randomly each time you log-in. Learn more about the PokerStars PIN here.
Sit and Go Rematch
One of the most-requested features in PokerStars history is here! Now, at the end of selected Sit & Go tournaments, participants will be prompted for a ‘rematch’. If all players accept, a new tournament will be created immediately – no need to visit the lobby and find the same opponents again.
Sit and Go Rematch
Ring Game Table Highlighting
If you play a lot of tables and sometimes forget which ones you’re sitting at, and which ones you’re waiting for, this feature is for you! Now tables you’re sitting at will be highlighted in red, and tables you’re waiting for will be highlighted in purple.
More Time Zones
PokerStars recently added time zones for Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, Japan, and Brazil.
Now you can play and receive emails in 26 languages, including all major European and Cyrillic languages.
Major Performance Improvements
PokerStars has worked hard to improve the performance of our software, and we now regularly have over 200,000 players online simultaneously without slowdown.
New ‘Slick’ Table Theme
You asked for more themes, and you got them! The new ‘Slick’ theme comes in two styles, one with retro-style chairs and one without. To change your theme, go to ‘View’ > ‘Table Themes’ in the PokerStars lobby menus.
Additional Time Zones
As promised, PokerStars now offers even more Time Zones. In addition to CET and ET, PokerStars has added support for PT (Pacific Time, UTC-8), MT (Mountain Time, UTC-7), CT (Central Time, UTC-6), WET (Western European Time, aka GMT or UTC), and EET (Eastern European Time, UTC+2). Please see the explanation and illustrations of how to adjust your time zone.
Quickly Find Satellites to a Tournament
PokerStars was the first major online cardroom to offer this feature, and now we’ve made it even more accessible by placing a list of satellites directly in the tournament lobby for major events.
You can also still use the satellite hyperlinks in the main tournament lobby to quickly navigate through satellites and their targets, as before.
VIP Store Localization
The VIP Store will support multiple languages after this update. It will take time to populate the language data, but this should be a great improvement for non-English speakers.
Block Tournament Announcements
You gave us your feedback, and we listened. The ‘Block Automatic Tournament Announcements’ feature (available in the ‘Options’ menu of the main PokerStars lobby) will now hide announcements in the chat box too.
Increase the Size of Your Chat Text
Now, resizing your table increases the size of the chat box font as well – great for players with high resolution screens.
Time Zone Selection
PokerStars now offers a choice of time zones to players. Choose your time zone, and the lobby clock and all tournament start times will be displayed in your local time. To adjust your time zone, use the 'Options' > 'Time Zone Settings' menu option or click once on the lobby clock.
PokerStars currently offers Eastern Time (ET, UTC-5) and Central European Time (CET, UTC+1). More time zones will be added in the near future.
PokerStars has combined our popular 'Steps' tournaments into a single system. Tickets from any of the previous steps systems are valid for entry into the new steps at the appropriate level.
Step 4 tickets, which are worth $215, can also be used to enter any $215 Multi-Table Tournament, including the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, and Sunday Second Chance.
Steps tournaments can be found in the 'Sit & Go' > 'Satellite' > 'Steps' tab.
Improved Find a Player
Our 'Find a Player' feature has been greatly improved with some useful new features.
Now you can search for multiple players, refresh the search results, open more than one table without the window closing, and more.
Updated VIP Store
The new VIP store is greatly improved, with improved graphics and usability. Check it out!
New Games and Tournaments
PokerStars now offers two new games – 2-7 Single Draw Lowball and Badugi – and three new mixed game formats – 8-Game, Mixed Hold'em and Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo. You can find the new games under the 'Other Games' tab. To learn how to play the new games, visit our Poker Games page.
PokerStars now also deals some new types of tournaments, including 'Double or Nothing' SNGs in which half the field doubles their money, and multi-day events for special tournaments like the WCOOP Main Event.
Auto Rebuy (Ring Games)
Due to popular demand, PokerStars has improved our 'Auto Rebuy' feature for Ring Games to offer even more options, including automatic top-up to the maximum! Check out the 'Options' > 'Auto-Rebuy (Ring Games)' item in the menus to set this up for yourself.
Now you can quickly activate commonly-used features and options using your keyboard.
Hide Lobby Images
Don't want to look at Greg Raymer's face while you play? Simply uncheck the 'Show Lobby Images' item in the 'Options' menu.
Hide Lobby Banners and Pop-Up Messages
We get it – you've seen that message about fast tables a thousand times. Well, now you can disable it, by clicking 'Don't Show This Message Again'.
You can also hide the lobby banners, by clicking the close symbol in the top right-hand corner. The banner won't appear again until a new message is available.
Remember My Buy-In Amount
Always buy into a table for the same amount? Simply check this box, and you'll never have to enter the buy-in again, saving valuable time and clicks! Your buy-in will be remembered separately for each game and limit.
Improved Registration for Sit & Go Tournaments
If you've ever tried to join a Sit & Go but found that it was full by the time you had a chance to register, this feature is for you!
To use it, simply highlight any Sit & Go tournament that is running or completed, and click 'Register To Any'. You'll automatically be placed in the next available Sit & Go of it's type.
You can also use this feature by registering for a Sit & Go as usual, and checking the 'Automatically try to register to identical tournament if this one is already full' box. If you're on a slow connection and keep missing out on tournaments as a result, this should help!
Graphical Hand Replayer
We've added a new graphical hand replay feature, allowing you to see a full replay of previous hands you've played. When sitting at any of our tables, simply click the red button in the top left hand corner of the table window (located next to where the number of the previous hand is listed). This will open up a new window, giving you the opportunity to replay previous hands.
Check Your VIP Status
You can now check your VIP status from the main client window. Click 'Cashier' in the menu bar at the top, and then select 'VIP Status'. This will open a new window, showing your current status, and information on how you can reach the next level.
New PokerStars Lobby Theme
Our new 'PokerStars Black' lobby theme is now the default setting when you open the PokerStars client. If you want to change your lobby theme, click 'View' in the top menu bar, select 'Lobby Themes' and make your choice.
Find Team PokerStars Pro Members Playing Online
You can now find out when members of Team PokerStars Pro are playing online at PokerStars. To use this feature, click 'Requests' in the top menu bar, then 'Find a Team PokerStars Player'. A box will appear, listing which of our players are currently online and offline. Select a player from the list of those online and click 'ok'. This will open another window, allowing you to see which tables the player is on. Select the table of your choice and click 'Go There'.
New Client Tabs
You can now find what you are looking for even quicker, with two new added tabs. Our new 'Steps' tab allows you to quickly find PokerStars Steps satellites. When in 'Events', click the live event tab of your choice ('EPT' for instance), and then click 'Steps'. You can also find out about how to enter tournaments for players in your country by using the new 'Regional' tab in the PokerStars lobby. Click 'Tourney' and 'Regional' for a list of tournaments open exclusively to players from your country.
See Tournaments For Your Country Only
You now have the option to only see tournaments happening in your native country. To use this feature, click 'Options' and 'Hide Country Restricted Tournaments' on the tool bar at the top of the PokerStars lobby.
Filtering and Sorting Features
To help you find the exact poker games you are looking for, we have added several powerful new filtering and sorting features to the PokerStars game lobby.
The new Ring Game Filters allow you to narrow down the selection of games you want to find, by listing specific elements such as maximum number of players, table speed and stakes. The new Tourney filters work the same as the Ring Game ones, but also allow you to set parameters such as game type, buy-in, status and format. The filters also have a text-based search option, allowing you to simply type in the details you require, the results of which will be updated in the lobby. All filters can be found under the main lobby window.
Our new sorting function allows you to customize how you want game details to be listed. To find this feature, right-click anywhere in the bar that runs across the top of all lobby windows. This will open a new window, where your sort options can then be selected.
PokerStars software now available in Russian
To coincide with the growing popularity of poker in Russia, PokerStars players can now choose to see the lobby in the Russian language. To activate this option, click 'Language', 'Play in' and select 'Русский'.
Turn off Sit & Go Tournament Lobby
Sit & Go players now have the option of going directly to the table in any Sit & Go that they have registered in, without having to view the tournament lobby. Click on 'Options' then 'Advanced Multi-Table Options'. There you will see 'Auto-open Sit & Go tournament lobby'. If you un-check this option, your Sit & Go lobbies will no longer pop up. When the tournament begins, your table will appear.
If you sign up for a lot of tournaments at once, this may take a while to get used to. Since tournament lobbies will no longer appear on your desktop, you may want to look under the 'Requests' menu and check under 'Registered in Tournaments', to make sure that you are not logging off while still registered for a game. The PokerStars software will also remind you as you log off.
Receive emails in your preferred language
hundreds of thousands of PokerStars players are now using our software in their preferred language. Now you can make sure you ALWAYS receive emails from PokerStars in your language too. Simply open the PokerStars software and log in, then click on Languages, and select 'Send me emails in…', then choose your preferred language.
This means you can, if you wish, use the PokerStars software in English, but receive emails from PokerStars in French, German, or any of the other languages we support. However, this doesn't affect the language you receive your hand histories in. To change the language in which you receive hand histories, click on either the hand history links top left on the table window, or click on the chip rack and then click 'Instant Hand History'. A new window – Instant Hand History – will open. Click on 'Options', then select your language from the drop down menu. This is independent of your software and email preferences.
View hole cards after folding
if you can't remember what cards you folded during a hand, now you can get a reminder. Just mouse over your player icon and the cards will reappear. To turn this feature off; click on the chip rack, select 'Options' and un-check the 'Display Folded Cards' option.
The PokerStars software is now available for Macs. Mac users, go to our Mac download page now to start playing.
You can now make your main and tournament lobbies as big as you want. Simply click on the edge of the lobby and drag with your mouse until the lobby is your preferred size. This upgrade also features a scroll bar in your tournament lobby that makes it easier to look at the payout table.
If you'd like to see your PokerStars lobbies in a different language, this upgrade gives you several new choices. There are 13 available languages, including the new additions, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Hungarian. Click on 'Language' and 'Play in' on the tool bar at the top of the PokerStars lobby to make your choice.