In a surprise move, Party Poker has removed high stakes cash game tables from its poker software.
The change was introduced yesterday without any advance notice. The highest limits available on the Party Poker software are $5/$10 on the No Limit Hold’em tables and $30/$60 on Fixed Limit tables.
The site reported that this decision was made in order to improve the overall poker ecology of the network.
This statement was provided by a site spokesperson: “We have removed some of our super high stakes games, this decision has been taken to make improvements to our poker ecology and in our players’ best interest. We believe this change will improve the action at our tables and is in the best interest of the poker room as a whole.”
The decision may have something to do with the overall decline in traffic on Party Poker. The traffic on the site is down 50% compared to last year. Traffic drops have been a rising problem in the poker industry with Party’s traffic drop among the highest in the industry, maybe second only to the Gtech Boss Media network who has dropped more than 50% over the past 6 months and 70% year on year.
Poker sites are struggling to make drastic changes in an effort to combat this problem. Among other things, sites are offering new poker variations such as speed poker designed to increase revenue by allowing players to play more hands per minute and as well as introducing rules that are aimed at slowing down the rate of loss experienced by new depositors, albeit both contradicting concepts.
In addition to economic factors, what has further lead to some of the traffic drops is the segregation of players in certain key countries such as France, Italy and Spain off of the poker networks and onto country specific networks.