Good news for those who love to play via their mobile devices as partypoker has released their newest version of their mobile poker app, set to revolutionize the way players play poker on the go!
Announced on Tuesday, November 25, the first phase of the mobile product overhaul has a brand-new SPINS interface that boasts a bunch of innovative new features, led by a new portrait layout that supports one-handed gameplay and improved table tiling, plus a new social currency called ‘Diamonds' that offers a more immersive playing experience.
Diamonds can be earned based on the number of hands played and spent on in-game benefits such as viewing ‘Rabbit' cards, or throwing a variety of animations at opponents. It will cost players one Diamond to throw items, and this feature also comes with animated sounds to enhance the experience.
‘Rabbit' is a new and exciting innovation which is expected to further intensify action between opponents, and allows players to see the remaining cards that were not dealt into hands.
Other game features designed to provide a new social element include:
- Bubble chat
- Emojis' All-in animations
- Enhanced dialogues such as announcing tournament winners, aimed at generating greater excitement among players
Aside from these new developments, partypoker is excited to bring its new hand replayer to its mobile product for the first time, while the ability to tile up to 4 tables will optimize the playing experience for all players on mobile.
To help players search for SPINS tournaments easily, the upgrade also comes with a re-designed SPINS lobby, where players can switch effortlessly between a tiled or carousel view, with the presence of search filters aiding to narrow search results. Additionally, players will also be able to choose up to 4 games (of the same buy-in) at once and register immediately for those tournaments, within the new lobbies.
On the other hand, the overhaul will provide SPINS games with a re-designed multiplier animation to improve player engagement, among the various player benefits available.
This mobile product overhaul of partypoker shall serve as a major company focus in the coming months, and they will be asking for the poker community's feedback as they aim to optimize and further improve the product. The product has already been tested by a select group of players in beta mode, including some members of Team partypoker.
Jaime Staples of partypoker's Team Online said, "This app changes the poker experience for the user in a big way. Mobile poker tech has been archaic, and this makes you really say WOW when you play it. Refreshing and fun, the biggest shake-up in poker I have seen in a long time!"
João Simão of Team partypoker said, "I had the pleasure to be part of the test team of the new mobile app and gave my feedback to try to improve the beta version. It was a great surprise when I got to test, and I'm sure that you will all love it. I saw the team working hard to create an app that gives the best experience for our customers, and I'm confident that it will be the result. I hope you guys enjoy."
Ross McQuater, partypoker's Head of Product, said, "The new SPINS product shows our commitment to improving the mobile experience for our customers. The new lobby and portrait table for SPINS with new and exciting features, such as the ability to throw things at opponents and view rabbit cards, aims to provide our customers with a more fun and engaging playing experience. This is just one of many updates that will be delivered in the coming months as we overhaul our mobile proposition."
Sam Trickett of Team partypoker said, "Over the past few months, partypoker has been busy behind the scenes working on an overhaul to its mobile poker app, and as a member of Team partypoker I was among the players asked to try out and provide feedback on the exciting product development.
Initially SPINS is the first to receive the upgraded treatment, and benefits from new features designed to make these games more enjoyable for players, including bubble chat and emojis. I also like the new ‘rabbit-hunting' feature that reveals which cards are dealt after a hand is over. In my opinion this is a great feature as it keeps people engaged to find out if they made a good fold or not and makes you think about your play.
In addition, a new in-game currency ‘Diamonds' have been introduced, which you can earn by completing tasks and spend on benefits like viewing those undealt rabbit-hunt cards.
My favorite new feature is throwing things at your opponents, like fish and sharks. I think this adds a social element of fun to the game where you can interact with each other in a light-hearted way.
I'm also a fan of the new portrait layout option partypoker has added that allows for single-hand play, which makes it much easier to play on the go and you can now multi-table up to four tables simultaneously with the update. Overall the product is more social-friendly and benefits from richer graphics, animations and sounds, while design features such as a new centralized ‘raise bar' and redesigned hand replayer I feel make for a more improved poker experience."
The new app is available for download to Android and iOS operating systems, supporting smartphones and tablets.