In a bid to reduce 'predatory behaviour' regular heads-up cash games will be replaced by heads-up Zoom.
In yet another big change aimed at improving the PokerStars gaming experience, it appears that regular heads-up cash games will soon be gone from the PokerStars lobby. Heads-up regulars have been receiving this email:
We are writing to inform you that as of Friday 12th February No Limit Hold'em, Fixed Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up regular tables will be removed and will be replaced with Zoom pools.
Heads-Up Zoom is already in place at most stakes and will be added at $50/$100. We will also be adding Zoom No Limit Hold'em Cap games at stakes up to $25/$50.
This change is part of our commitment to reducing predatory behaviour and improving the recreational player experience.
The latest in many big changes
Many players have been expecting this for a while, ever since heads-up cash games were removed from Full Tilt last year. This move is being made in order to remove the practice known as 'bumhunting' where heads-up regulars avoid playing each other and wait for a recreational player to join them instead, a practice many believe is having an adverse impact on the ecology of heads-up cash games.
With heads-up games now moving to the Zoom format, game selection will be a thing of the past, as players will have a new random opponent every hand. This is just the latest in many changes at PokerStars, the most recent of which includes a massive overhaul of the VIP programme and some very aggressive steps to eliminate bots from their games.