Unibet, one of Microgaming’s most prominent and prominent MPN skins, announced in December 2013 that they were planning to move to their own independent poker room on a brand new platform.
The beta launch is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19. During the real money public test period, the room will operate alongside its standard poker room, but after a successful test phase, the NPP the room will close.
The new poker product, developed in partnership with the developer of Fast Poker, Relax Gaming, brings together many new industry trends, such as missions and achievements, a strong recreational and social focus and an ultra-simplified lobby, resulting in a product that is a radical change. the mainstay of typical poker rooms.
This will be one of the biggest product launches in the past two years. Pokerfuse takes a deep look.
Unibet’s new poker product is brand new, highly simplified and user-friendly entertainment software. There is no hand history, HUDs are not allowed, and there is no table selection. Missions, achievements, avatar and profile customizations, cartoonish design, and user-friendly notifications are at the heart of the product.
The product will launch with a Windows download. Native customers for Mac, Apple iOS, and Android are all in the works and will all debut in Q1 2014.
The lobby does away with the standard table lists for an ultra-simple gaming experience: there are no tabs or filters, no “quick seat” or “favorites” selection. Players choose between cash games, sit and go, and tournaments, then choose between Hold’em (NL only), Omaha (PLO), or a quick folding pool. All tables are limited to 6-max only and all are 100bb deep. There is no play money games, different speed games, one-on-one gambling, or any other variety. All tables are in euros.
Players then choose a bet level and click “join”, and the player is taken directly to an empty seat. Individual tables are grouped together – there is no way to choose a table or choose a seat. This is a fairly common feature among poker customers today, since PokerStars implemented table pooling in 2012, but in Unibet’s client it is a forced feature. .
The design of the table typifies Unibet’s friendly cartoon style.
HUDs will not be allowed. In fact, no hand history will be recorded. A built-in hand history browser will allow a player to review recent hands only.
The most notable omission seen at the table is note-taking, a standard feature that by design won’t be present at the customer’s home, in keeping with creating an “level playing field,” according to West.
It is interesting to note that there will be no cap on the number of tables a player can play. However, by not allowing HUDs or table tracking, there will be an “implicit cap” on the number of tables a player can comfortably play, West said.
As is common, players can customize the table background, but the changes go way beyond a simple change in felt color. There are a variety of different skins, all shot in the same three-dimensional style, but each with a specific theme. The designs look well designed and offer a nice variety.
Identities are central to the Unibet client. Players can choose from a variety of avatars and choose a screen name. New identities can be created at any time, allowing unlimited screen name changes. The last five identities are remembered and the player can switch between them instantly.
Notifications and missions
An integrated lobby notification system keeps the player up to date with a variety of promotional and gamification features. Players unlock achievements and start missions, and players will be notified of the progress and rewards received. Players will also be notified here of updates to cashier processing and targeted marketing messages.
An example bonus indicator, shown below, shows a cash game ticket that can only be cleared on certain games. A progress bar, a countdown timer and links to join the right tables keep players up to date with its status.
From 888poker’s successful recreational goal, to partypoker attempts, to Bodog’s anonymous tables and the much-anticipated and much-delayed PokerStars 7 client of PokerStars: the recreational player experience is at the center of the industry.
Players and insiders alike will follow the launch of Unibet with great interest.