Party Poker has released its new software updates for December and there are a few significant additions and changes. Without further ado, let’s take a look.
PartyPoints Distribution
As previewed in early October, PartyPoker.com has changed the way it awards PartyPoints in cash games. Previously, players would earn points at different rates based on the game type – Fixed-Limit, No-Limit, or Pot-Limit – as well as the table stakes. Now, all that matters is how much rake is taken from the pot. For every $1 in rake attributed to a player, two points will be awarded. The rake attributed to each player is calculated using the simple formula of total rake taken from the pot divided by the number of players who were dealt cards in the hand. So, if $3 is raked from the pot and 10 people were in the hand, each player gets $0.30 attributed to him.
So, like before, the higher you play, the more PartyPoints you will receive, but the formula is much less convoluted now and likely allows lower stakes players to earn points faster than before (I haven’t done the calculations, so that could be wrong).
Tournaments
Like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Cake Poker, and the Cereus Network before it, Party Poker now offers synchronized breaks during tournaments. Multi-table tournaments (and likely some large Sit-and-Go’s, although this has yet to be specifically laid out to the public) will be set to go on break at the same time, giving players in more than one tournament the chance to take a bathroom break without missing hands.
Tournament dollars (T$), something other sites use, will now be available. If a player wins a seat into a tournament, that entry can be exchanged for T$, which can then be used to enter different tournaments.
When it comes to tournament registration, late registration will be open for up to six levels in some tournaments. Players will also be able to register for a tourney directly from the schedule on the PartyPoker.com website.
Stacking
Perhaps the most significant advance in Party Poker’s software is the new “Stacking” table layout for multi-tablers. Rather than cascading the tables on top of each other so that a small piece of the window is exposed, tables will be stacked directly on top of each other, in perfect alignment. When a table is brought to the front, all of the buttons will be in the exact some spot as the one that was previously showing.
To facilitate table navigation, Party Poker is introducing the Stacking tool, which is a separate object on the screen that will house information for every table. The console will contain several features:

  • Open tables list – this area will show details about each open table, including stakes, number of players, game type, hole cards, community cards, player position, and any timer information. Each row of table data can be clicked on to bring up that table, as well as more information about it in the stacking console.
  • Action area – here you can actually make your plays on the selected table without actually going to the full table window. Raise/call/check/fold buttons, a bet slider, and urgent hands alert are all included.
  • Table console – this gives more detailed information about your hole cards, community cards, pot size, and your chip balance for the selected table.
  • Hand information – contains all player actions from the selected hand.
  • Player information – shows all of the players still involved in the hand, including screen names, table positions, actions, and chip counts.

There are many customizable options for the different sections of the Stacking tool, so it can be designed to suit everyone. It is currently available in Beta mode on the PartyPoker.com client only, not PartyPoker.net.

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