Partypoker Using Player Power to Dethrone PokerStars

Partypoker is bidding to improve its links with the poker community and become the industries top operator by creating a representative body known as the Player Panel.

Isaac Haxton Partypoker Player Panel

Isaac Haxton is part of a new Player Panel designed to improve communication between Partypoker and the wider community. (Image: imgur)

Announced on January 11, the new group will feature some of the game’s most respected pros and act as an intermediary between the average player and upper management at Partypoker HQ.

Alongside industry veteran Mike Sexton, the newly formed Player Panel will consist of Isaac Haxton, Fedor Holz, Jason Koon, Patrick Leonard, Sam Trickett and Joao Simao.

Open Ear Policy at Partypoker

In seeking to improve “two-way communication with the poker community,” the panel of players will advise executives on policy changes relating to the operator’s live and online products.

“The Team Partypoker stable will be consulted on issues relating to cash game ecology, fairness and etiquette, and will collaborate with Partypoker in its ongoing drive to develop and optimize the core poker product, while also working on broader software enhancements,” reads the official announcement.

By giving its pros and, in turn, online players a voice, the operator is expanding on an idea first touted by John Duthie. Following his appointment as president of Partypoker Live, the European Poker Tour (EPT) founder vowed to create a less corporate-focused structure and listen to players.

At the time, the move was seen as a response to the backlash from some players regarding changes to PokerStars’ live tournament schedule. Recounting the early days of the EPT, Duthie believes player-friendly dynamics are crucial to any tournament series’ success.

The Englishman has since employed this ethos to the company’s Live series and achieved a number of firsts. As well as bourgeoning offline fields, the 2018 Millions Online became the richest online MTT in history.

Player-Friendly Approach to Remove Road Blocks

This open-ear policy is now being adopted across Partypoker in the hope that it can improve conditions for players and, moreover, capitalize on its recent success.

With PokerStars’ hold over the industry not as strong as it once was, Partypoker has become its main rival. Although not without its faults, the operator has managed to match PokerStars in terms of added value and prizepools in recent months.

As it stands, Partypoker’s seven-day average of 1,900 players is just under five times lower than PokerStars’ 9,600. However, with the introduction of a Player Panel, the operator will be looking to gain new insights into what players want and use that to their advantage in 2019.

Daniel Smyth
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Daniel Smyth
Dan Smyth is a poker media journeyman who politely reminds CardsChat readers that poker is played all around the world, not just America.


ammje wrote...

I think you do not have to be a genius, to know why Pokerstars has been so successful, it’s because of its excellent software, period.
You do not need to gather a group of professional players, Pokerstars is the biggest site because it has the best software, and that attracts many players, and that means bigger tournaments with better prizes.
I do not understand why the other poker rooms do not see that, if they give a better experience to the poker player, with a software of the first quality, the same, or at least the closest thing to Pokerstars, I’m sure they would compete at the same time Pokerstars

John Duthie wrote...

Totally agree with you and that’s why we’ve been making significant improvements to our software, with many recommendations coming from our core team of players whose online experience is such a valuable asset. We have a long way to go still, but you’ll see big improvements.

playinggameswithu wrote...

PokerStars has a gold standard reputation across all variables…they used to treat their players like you were living the dream. Since the sale to Amaya it got worse but I WISH I could play on stars they work endlessly to out compete the other rooms.

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