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PartyPoker has recently announced that it will force virtually all of the customers its global dot com site to change their aliases or screen names through a major software update that is set to go live on June 17, 2019. According to the officials of the online poker operator, the move was is the company’s preferred approach on dealing with the problems caused throughout the world of online poker by heads-up-displays, otherwise referred to as HUDs, as well as other third-party software that is causing imbalance the gaming environment. These kinds of software have increasingly proliferated the online poker space over the past few years and in that period, they have caused increasing disparities between newbies or casuals poker players who are less likely to use such add-ons and full-time poker pros who, as it turns out, make up the majority of the culprits.

Mandatory Change

As from June 17, each and every PartyPoker player will be prompted to change their poker alias when they log into the gaming accounts. Unfortunately, for players who do not want to lose their usernames, there is no way around this new requirement if they intend to continue playing on the online poker platform.

In addition to the forced screenname change, the online poker platform has also confirmed that it will also be implementing changes to the rules on observing tables, adding a new hand replayer as well as adding some much-needed changes to the list permitted third-software.

As always, the aliases will be available on a first come first served basis and will only be limited by one’s imaginations. Still, all the aliases will remain subject to the usual rules regarding the use of appropriate language. If you are worried about someone else logging in and trying to represent you at the tables, PartyPoker has ensured that the players’ current aliases will go on hold for the six months during which no one else but the owners will be able to use them. Hopefully, six months should be enough time for all the players to make the necessary changes.

“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 screen name!” PartyPoker managing director, Tom Waters said.

The promotion that the managing director is referring to is a $500,000 promotion that the poker operator has announced in a bid to upsell the change. This promotion will be running for the only day (24 hours) after the updated user client containing the new alias goes live on the morning of June 17. Referred to as the $500,000 Alias Race, the promotion will be available for all players except for those from Sweden and the Czech Republic.