2021 Poker Room Updates

Hi, everyone! We’re about to wrap up another year, and what a one it’s been. Though 2020 has been challenging to stay the least, it brings us so much joy to hear that many of you found some comfort being able to play poker with friends – old and new – on Replay. There’s hope in sight, so cheers to 2021 and new possibilities! :champagne:

There aren’t a whole lot of changes to our poker room in the new year, but we’re so excited to bring you many features and fixes in the coming year.

Seven Card Stud MTTs

We’re adding a series of Seven Card stud multi-table tournaments, spaced evenly throughout the day, half-way between the current Stud freerolls:

02:45 ET 7 FL Card Stud 2,500 entry 100,000 GTD
06:45 ET 7 FL Card Stud Hi/Lo 7,500 entry 300,000 GTD
10:45 ET 7 FL Card Stud 20,000 entry 1,000,000 GTD
14:45 ET 7 FL Card Stud Hi/Lo 20,000 entry 1,000,000 GTD
18:45 ET 7 FL Card Stud 20,000 entry 1,000,000 GTD
22:45 ET 7 FL Card Stud Hi/Lo 7,500 entry 300,000 GTD

ALL Stud MTTs, including the ongoing freerolls, will have 8 minute blinds instead of the current 10 minutes. The new MTTs will be 6-max. These changes should tighten up the length of these tournaments.

Regional MTTs - Time Changes

The first tournament in all of our Regional events will begin 15 minutes earlier, and the second tournament will start 15 minutes later. Many participants have requested this in order to play in each tournament more easily, and to give players a chance to take a break between their games.

Our new start times (ET) are the following:

01:45 and 03:15 Oceanic
07:45 and 09:15 Asian
13:45 and 15:15 European
19:45 and 21:15 American

Thank you all for playing with us, and we look forward to our 2021 together. :smile:

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We’re making some adjustments to our 7 Card Stud MTTs. We’ll be scaling down according to attendance data by removing guarantees and setting up added prize pools instead.

A couple of observations we’ve made – both Stud and Stud Hi/Lo have equal popularity. Entry fees and time of day cause the major differences in attendance.

Please review the following chart to see how these tournaments will look, kicking off at the start of next month:

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Note that the 10:45 tournament has also seen a reduction in its entry fee, from 20,000 chips to 7,500.

We’ll also be adjusting blind periods, making them a bit faster due to player feedback. This should prevent most Stud tournaments from going over two hours.

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We’re making some changes in the poker room as of Monday, May 3rd.

Our exclusive freerolls for Premium Members will change from three 500K events a week to two 100K events every day:

  • 12:00 ET 100K free chips
  • 20:00 ET 100K free chips

This is because the Saturday 04:00 event, intended for non US players, has had very few attendees, and we want to reward as as many players as possible.

Regional MTTs will revert back to their original start time for the 7,500 event of each pair. This is the first event of each day.

  • The 7,500 event will start on the hour instead of 15 minutes prior.
  • The 20,000 chip event will remain at its current time of 15 minutes past the hour.

We’re making this adjustment because attendance of the first event has dropped dramatically since it was changed in January. A recent survey found some people were put off by the increase in time required to play both.

The 18:45 7 Card Stud MTT for 7,500 will change to 20,000 entry with 100,000 free chips added.

We received player feedback requesting an increase in buy-in, and we agree the tournament is popular enough to have a larger stake. This game averages over 25 players daily.

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