Dim Inactive Players
- One incredibly useful feature is that players who fold are shaded. It's instantly clear who is in the hand and it makes decisions much easier sometimes.
Everything is Slick
- This is expected but the new software looks tremendously good. It utilizes a lot of graphics from the mobile version, which are simple but very effective. You can still utilize the god-awful old table theme if you’re really prone to nostalgia, though.
Get in Quick
- The new live table preview is quite cool. It visualizes how the table is set up and lets you pick your seat.
Graph Your Chip Count
- One somewhat controversial feature of PokerStars 7 is that during an MTT you can utilize a tool called the Chip Graph to see how a player acquired his or her chips.
Some grinders are worried it will make the game even harder or potentially scare off fish. Others argue that it’s simply levelling the playing field to compete with third party poker HUDs. We're undecided but it's certainly a neat-looking feature.
Front Page News
- You can now view PokerStars-related news in the lobby. Actually kind of useful considering the amount of promos the site runs.
Roll it Back
- You can always go back. It’s easy to revert to PokerStars 6 in the settings tab.
Revamped Tournament Lobby
- Quick seat allows a vastly improved way to register for tournaments. It automatically updates when the next tournament is starting such as “Less Than 1 Minute.” Simple and straightforward.
Poker for Everyone
- It’s very clear that Rational wants PokerStars 7 to run on all computers, even old ones. We tested PokerStars 7 on a five-year old netbook that was running Windows XP and it was surprisingly fast. Very impressive.
We'll have more thoughts about the software in the future and when it ultimately goes into beta.