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    Default Party Poker removes segregated tables after some gamed system for access

    Earlier this year, Party Poker received heat from the poker community for segregating tables based on skill. It turns out that some players had begun exploiting the system, gaining access to the lower-skilled tables. As a result, Party Poker no longer blocks players from viewing certain tables where lower-skilled (i.e., losing) players were playing.

    Here's a bit from a post from Party Poker's Head of Poker, Jeffrey Haas, at the Two Plus Two message boards.

    Protected Tables (PT) first appeared on our global liquidity (.COM/.BE/.DK) on 23 February. Players who could see PT could also see all our other tables in the lobby, and sit at any of them, but players who could not see PT could obviously not sit at them.

    Following the introduction of PT, we did see new players start playing more hands and sessions after making their initial deposit. Players on these tables also started playing more hands between deposits.


    While other macro factors have negatively affected our poker room this year, the impact of PT was positive. Unfortunately, in recent weeks it has come to our attention that some players started to exploit the system. Given that, we can no longer in good conscience continue to operate PT in their current format so have removed them effective today.
    Here's the full post: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/sh...ostcount=12946

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    It was a ridiculous concept to begin with. Good riddance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.RevenueJet View Post
    It was a ridiculous concept to begin with. Good riddance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Buzz View Post
    Earlier this year, Party Poker received heat from the poker community for segregating tables based on skill. It turns out that some players had begun exploiting the system, gaining access to the lower-skilled tables.
    I am not a big poker expert, but i think that it was the most stupid idea in
    online gambling buisness history.

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    While the idea was flawed I understand the premise.

    The major difference between online poker in it's boom years and online poker today is the preponderance of "online grinders" who make a living fleeceing the "fish" using a variety of electronic aids and gadgets to provide assisted play.

    The grinders are eating the fish too quickly, the fish do not enjoy the experience of losing their deposits quickly and don't come back. The poker ecosystem needs a steady flow of players of all levels to survive.

    Games of skill like chess and backgammon have ranking systems in order to prevent mismatches of opponents of different skill levels.

    If poker is the "game of skill" that many players claim it is - then there DOES need to be a facility for unskilled or barely skilled players to learn the game without being devoured by the grinders.

    Just one poker affiliates view.

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    Such a stupid idea to begin with, pros just bought new accounts and exploited loopholes, was never going to work.
    They should concentrate on getting a good MTT schedule and improving their software

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