Americas Cardroom, one of the fastest growing U.S-facing online poker sites, recently rolled out a mammoth software update.
On July 17th, the Winning Poker Network launched a substantial software update. Designed to draw more players to its growing network of sites, the update added several beneficial features to both the main lobbies and player interfaces of WPNs poker skins. In addition, multiple design changes were made, making for a smoother overall experience.
AmericasCardroom, which currently resides as the most heavily trafficked WPN site, appears strikingly different than it did just a day ago. Among the features added to the site was a new sit-out feature. This will allow players to sit-out of one or every game they are currently participating in. The new feature will come as a welcome change for players who prefer to multi-table.
The biggest updates were made to the main lobby. In place of the old, limited filtering system is a new tabbed system. By merely clicking on the appropriate tabs, players can now filter cash games by type, limit and stakes. The tournament section was also overhauled. Instead of a separate pop-up, the tournament listings are now integrated into the main lobby. Furthermore, tournaments, like cash games, can be filtered by type (Guaranteed, Satellite, Special etc) and stake. In addition, the tournament display was reconfigured so that the date and time of the tournament is displayed first, followed by the tourney name and buy in. This new layout promotes readability.
Tournament lobbies now display the largest, smallest and average stack in large font. Players can also view the amount of entrants, the registration state and other pertinent information without much trouble.
The Casino and Sports tabs have been regulated to the right-hand side of the Main Menu. Players choosing to only play poker should not be distracted by these additional tabs.
Advanced filters for both tournaments and cash games still exist, and will allow players to sort games by how many players are currently seated, max players allowed and buy-in type. Because so many more filters can be accessed directly from the main menu, the advanced filters menu has been pared down considerably. Compared to the old menu, the new one is far less disjointing.
Tables now feature a new, more modern looking interface. Player names are displayed in clear lettering, card and chip animations are more pronounced and table sizes reflect the maximum amount of players allowed. By clicking on the “Chat” icon, a separate pop-up window will be displayed, perfect for players who wish to review recent action. A small, yet useful feature is the inclusion of a clearly defined countdown timer that displays how much time a player has to make a decision.
Players can track their bonuses simply by clicking on the Bonuses Tab from the Rewards page. There, players can view their active bonuses, bonus history and current progress. They can also redeem any available bonus cash. Currently, Americas Poker Room offers a 100% match up to $1,000 on all initial deposits. It also grants access to Depositor Freeroll tournaments for 30 days after the first deposit is made. Do take note that players only have 60 days to clear their bonus.
In the past, Americas Cardroom was prone to lag and slowdown. Thankfully, the new update fixes these issues. Hands are dealt in rapid succession and the action on the table runs more smoothly. Tournament lobbies still take a few sections to pop-up, but the wait time is notably less.
All told, the update to Americas Cardroom is a much welcome one. The software is still not quite as impressive as say Bovada’s, but at least it’s on par, if not better, than what most other U.S-facing sites are doing. And given its excellent reputation for speedy, reliable payouts, it would come as little surprise if Americas Cardroom’s player base continued to grow.