The 24 tabling glory days at over! Pokerstars will be testing a table reduction to 6 tables maximum on the Italian market for cash games. Zoom and other games however will remain unchanged. After the testing period, Pokerstars will analyze and review their results before they decide roll out the changes to the global market. The test started on July 17th.
The main reason for this change, according to Pokerstars, is to make the games faster and more fun as it is said that players who currently multitable slow down the game when they have important decisions to make which forces other players to wait as they use their time bank.
“[That goal] is achieved by creating an atmosphere where the game is fun, fast and enjoyable for all.” Says Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at Stars Group.
He goes on to explain that these changes will have a better impact on the game:
"I understand that modifications like that will not make regulars happy. We know this is radical, but we also believe best players will focus more on fewer tables and win more there, thus allowing us to increase the pace of their game. Bigger wins can be achieved by getting more involved in pots and bringing more action to the table"
These changes however, will only affect 0.3% of players as most don't play more than 6 tables.
It will be interesting to see how big of an impact this will have on the game once things roll out in the near future. Stay tuned.