Party Poker is forcing players to change their onscreen aliases from 17th June as part of a series of planned changes to improve the poker ecology at the site.
If you currently play at Party Poker, you should have received an email advising you that the first time you log into your account from Monday 17th June you will be required to change your onscreen alias. The motive behind the change is to invalidate data players may have collected about other players using third-party software tools, and it is part of a series of planned changes at Party Poker to level the playing field and improve the poker ecology at the site.
As an incentive for players to log in on Monday 17th and change their onscreen aliases, Party Poker has said new aliases will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. So, if you fancy being Tom Dwan or Phil Ivey at the tables, the opportunity exists to change your existing name to one you always dreamed of having – although you will need to log into your account soon after 9:00am (all times BST) to get the name you want, as the most popular screen names will likely be in high demand.
The $500K Alias Race Promotion
As a second incentive for players to change their onscreen aliases on 17th June, Party Poker is hosting a $500K Alias Race promotion in which players can win cash prizes, freeroll tickets, and SPINS tickets for changing their aliases or earning a minimum of 0.10 Loyalty Points in an hour. The promotion lasts for 24 hours only, so players who leave it until later in the week to change their onscreen aliases will miss out on the promotion as well as being left with a choice of screen names nobody else wants!
The promotion is in three parts. The first part consists of a Click Card that will be awarded to players as soon as they have changed their screen names. The Click Cards can be found in the “Offers” > “Promotions” section of the poker client or mobile app and include prizes ranging from freeroll tickets to $10,000 in cash. Please note that any freeroll tickets or SPINS tickets awarded as part of the promotion are time-limited. You either have to use them or lose them.
The second part of the promotion consists of further Click Cards awarded every hour to players who generate $0.10 in rake during the hour in order to earn 0.10 Loyalty Point. These have the same prizes as before, and players should note that points earned for paying a fee to enter a Sit & Go game or multi-table tournament are not credited until the event has finished. Furthermore, Party Poker will be watching out for players who abuse the promotion by playing one Sit & Go per hour with a $1.10 buy-in.
The final part of the promotion is the freeroll tournaments for players awarded tickets in either of the Click Card elements of the promotion. The freeroll tournaments take place at 7:00pm and at midnight on Tuesday 18th June, and at 3:00am, 5:00pm and 7:00pm on Wednesday 19th June and each has a prize pool of $10,000. To prevent players entering and sitting out, registration will open fifteen minutes before each freeroll begins, and late registration will be open for fifty minutes thereafter.
Other Changes Scheduled for 17th June
In addition to players being forced to change their screennames, Party Poker has announced several other changes to the playing experience that are scheduled to take effect from 17th June. These include a new hand replayer, changes to the rules about observing tables, and limitations of what third-party software can be used while playing at Party Poker. Speaking about the changes, Party Poker´s managing director Tom Walters said:
This client update is one of a number of initiatives that we are working on in order to provide players with a safe environment where they can play online poker. With this release, we will be making changes to our software that will prevent third-party tracking tools from working.
We want our players to have a fresh start and therefore we are asking all players to select a new alias so that all third-party tool tracking is lost for all our players. At the same time, we have some great promotions running and I’m sure there will be a mad rush by players eager to secure their preferred screenname!