It was all change for Americas Cardroom last night, as a massive upgrade got rid of the previously much-maligned poker software and replaced it with new.
Long-suffering poker players on Americas Cardroom last night breathed a collective sigh of relief when the site´s new software was unveiled. Gone was the old “chunky” software that dragged whenever players tried to multitable, and in its place was a glossy, clean and efficient poker platform which was immediately compared by one player as a mixture between the software available on Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.
The complete redesign of the poker client has included a reduction in the size of the promotions, casino and sportsbetting tabs to provide a clearer view of the poker lobbies and allowed for the introduction of a new advanced cash game filter. The changes in the tournament lobby mean that upcoming tournaments are easier to view (and easier to take advantage of when they are undersubscribed).
Other software changes affected the smoothness and the speed of action at the tables and the facility to simultaneously sit-out from all the tables you are playing at if you need to take a break in a hurry. Critics of the Beast and Jackpot tables will be glad to know that you can remove these tables from the cash game lobby in a one-click action, while new animation and display options will delight players who prefer to muck about with their table settings rather than concentrate on their game.
Traffic Leaps in Response to Software Improvements
The reaction from the players who logged into their accounts last night was generally positive and, as word spread about the software upgrade, traffic on Americas Cardroom flourished. PokerScout, the web´s leading reporter of poker site traffic, recorded 656 cash game players on Americas Cardroom last night – 30% more than usual for a weekday evening and only 16% fewer players than were in action on the Merge Gaming Network.
The gap between Americas Cardroom and the Merge Gaming Network in the race to be the third most popular of USA friendly poker sites (behind Bovada and the Revolution Network) has been decreasing for many months now, as Americas Cardroom continues to be the fastest to process withdrawals for online poker players in the States.
Furthermore, by continuing to use the “dealt-rake” method of distributing bonus points in their “Elite Benefits” VIP Program, Americas Cardroom has listened to the wishes of players on the site who find this method of points distribution is more rewarding than the “contributed rake” method and encourages more players to multitable.
Americas Cardroom says Welcome Back with $100,000
With this latest software upgrade, Americas Cardroom hopes to attract back players who played on the site previously, but who left due to the poor quality of the previous software. The company is also dangling a carrot to encourage players to try out the new software in the form of a $100,000 guaranteed tournament which will take place on Sunday 11th August and for which satellites are already running.
This tournament has double the guarantee of the regular Sunday feature tournament and the potential exists for a massive overlay – representing excellent value for players who qualify for the event through one of the $1.00 satellites. Players from the rest of the world are also invited to take a look at Americas Cardroom´s software upgrade and, as the $1.00 satellites take place every hour, they have a great chance of bagging a seat in this valuable tournament during the European early afternoon when the site is at its quietest!