A common thing experienced by online poker players is that they become too easy to read because opponents gather too much information on playing style.
British sports betting site Ladbrokes has launched a new feature in their poker room “Anonymous Tables”, where players screen names and avatars are hidden from their opponents.
Anonymous Tables are designed to allow players to play poker …anonymously.
The company describes this feature as “unique and groundbreaking”. “We are really excited about this launch. Never before have poker players been able to play without other players knowing who they are. This brings an added element to the game for people whose playing style maybe recognisable,” says Kate McLennan, head of poker at Ladbrokes Poker.
“For those new to the game, it is an opportunity to try some different moves without getting a reputation because players will simply never know who they are playing against.”
The company says the Anonymous Tables product, which is patent pending, will run alongside the standard cash tables, giving customers the option to play on the regular tables or “try their hand at something different”.
There are mixed reactions in the poker community to the announcement. Many players are questioning the impact of such a launch on overall player liquidity in poker, which has been in decline in recent months. Others argue, however, that it will benefit players who play frequently and whose playing style has become too well known, and reduce the advantage of players who use tracking software to assess their opponents.
How does it work?
Your screen name and avatar will be shown only to you and not to other players at the table. If another player has tagged your screen name or made notes on you, they won’t be able to view them. All players seated at these tables will be given an anonymous alias.
Can poker tracking software track me at the Anonymous Tables?
No, the tracking software will not associate your play on the Anonymous tables with your real alias.
Will the Poker support team still see the real aliases?
Yes, poker room monitoring teams will still have access to player’s real information.
Bear in mind, there are benefits to having this anonymity, but on the flipside, if you are dependent on tracking your opponents to gain a competitive advantage, this may not be the game for you.