The much-hyped PokerStars 7 client is finally in an open Alpha test and players are getting a first-hand look at the potential future of online poker.
It’s been a long time coming.
Screenshots of PokerStars 7 initially hit the Internet in 2012, which means the software has been development for over three years now.
It’s not exactly clear why it’s taken so long (there were some initial complaints about the look of the new software in 2012) but the latest version looks very solid.
We got a hold of the new software and thought we’d post a few thoughts from playing it for a few hours below.
It’s worth nothing that PokerStars 7 is not only a good thing for PokerStars players. When it comes to software PokerStars has always been a leader but they got so far ahead that other sites were playing catch up for the last few years.
PokerStars hasn’t changed much over that time because it hasn’t needed to. The new software will likely provide a new benchmark for other sites.
Don’t be surprised if you start to see similar features trickle down to 888poker, Party Poker and iPoker over the next couple years.
In other words: everyone wins.
You can test PokerStars 7 for yourself. Details can be found when you head over to this page. It's currently only available for for real-money players with Windows.
Check below for some notes about the Alpha-version of PokerStars 7: