re: Poker & Party Poker Eying return to American market
This comes as no surprise as Party has been biding its time for years -- this is why they agreed to pay a hefty settlement with the DOJ years ago, so as to not find themselves on the US blacklist down the road. A couple years ago Harrah's hired one of Party's executives (might have been the President, but at least a VP) to start building their Interactive Gaming brand which many interpreted as a partnership between Harrah's and Party to bring legalized, casino-backed online poker to the US. I fully expect we'll see Party offered to US players long before PokerStars
(and forget FullTilt or Cereus IMO).
Originally Posted by dj11
For me, the best available software for US is the Yatahay table. It runs smooth, is uncluttered, and while there are still a few creature comforts I could suggest, they have shown they are on the right track. Also noticed they are about the only company actively advertising in the US, saw an ad on the WSOP for America's Poker Room (formerly Doyle's Room) just the other day. Carbon would be second I think, and about all they really have to do IMHO is to reduce the size of the player stations on the tables. And speed up lobby updates.
Haven't experienced Yatahay's yet, but I hear nothing but bad reviews about the "new" Doyle's room. Doyle was even frustrated by them and disassociated himself a long time ago even though they still had rights to use his name -- he used to catch flack on Twitter from disgruntled Doyle's Room players all the time, and he at least once tweeted in frustration that he apologized but was no longer associated with the room and wished he could pull his name from it. I'm assuming they renamed when their contract with Doyle ran out.
Carbon is of course a Merge skin, and despite theirs and all the skins attempt at appearing autonomous and in control of such things, they all run the exact same client software. Only the skin-specific themes really differentiate them. They *might* be able to implement data-driven changes like lobby filters, but the overall operation of the client, game types, etc. is universal across skins. Merge owns the software and developers. They all update in lock-step. All the skins can really do is lobby Merge on behalf of players, but when changes are made they are pushed out to all skins simultaneously.
I know the skins market themselves as unique competitors with their own advantages over other sister skins, but those are typically limited to promotional offerings or casino/sportsbook operations that don't fall under Merge's control. When it comes to poker and related client software, deposits, withdrawals, etc., that's all handled by Merge. I see a lot of players who don't realize that, and vent at the skins themselves about things the skins have no direct control of. But in order to appear competitive with each other, the skins don't like to admit it and so they act like they have more control than they really do.