Online poker giant PokerStars has announced that it has started testing a new poker game called ‘PokerStars Power Up’.
According to a blog post on the website, PokerStars described it as a traditional No Limit Hold'em game, with the addition of power cards that allow the player to influence hands and alter gameplay.
Power cards include ‘Clone’, wherein the player is given a copy of the last power played in the hand; ‘Engineer’, which allows the player to select the deck’s next card from three options; and ‘X-Ray’, which makes it mandatory for players to reveal one hole card.
Severin Rasset, director of poker innovation and operations at PokerStars, said:
“Power Up is currently in closed Alpha, meaning that we still have a lot of adjustments to make and many more features to add.
“For these reasons, it’s only available to a limited number of people and real money games are still a long way off.
“We’ll periodically expand the pool of players, while tweaking and adding features, while constantly taking feedback from the participants.”
Rasset further added:
“More projects are in development with one common objective - to bring sustainable growth to PokerStars through exciting new products that people will discover and re-engage with.
“And this will mean that more people will continue to enjoy the great game of poker.”
On the face of it, this looks an exciting new idea from the PokerStars stable. It remains to be seen how the players receive this concept and whether it delivers benefits to the company in the long run.
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