partypoker plans to release its next major software update for the global dotcom client on June 17, 2019, and as part of the update all players will be required to select a new alias (player name).
From 09:00 BST (10:00 CET) on June 17, 2019, players will be presented with a pop-up window prompting them to select a new alias. Player names are subject to the site’s usual rules about ‘appropriate language’, with certain words and phrases blocked, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
To mark the update, partypoker is hosting a time-limited $500K ‘Race to Alias’ giveaway for all dotcom players (excluding those in Czech Republic and Sweden), running for 24 hours only on June 17th.
Open to real money accounts only, the promotion is split into three separate strands. ‘Login Click Cards’ will award random prizes worth up to $10,000 in cash to players after choosing their new alias, while the site will also give away between $10,000 and $40,000 in ‘Hourly Click Cards’ for earning at least 0.10 in loyalty points per hour. In addition, ‘$10K Freerolls’ are scheduled to run exclusively for players who earn qualifying tickets via either the ‘Login’ or ‘Hourly’ Click Card offers.
Overall, the promotion is set to pay out over $500,000 in free prizes for those who choose their new player name within the allotted 24-hour promotional window. partypoker players in Czech Republic can claim a shared $25,000 in prizes through their own dedicated version of the Race to Alias campaign.
To kick off the software changes, partypoker recently introduced a redesigned hand replayer featuring optimised controls to make for a smoother playing experience, along with a simplified dashboard.
partypoker Player Panel member Patrick Leonard said: “I am excited at all the changes partypoker has scheduled as part of the company’s next software update, and I encourage everyone to log in and update their player name on June 17 to take advantage of the huge $500,000 giveaway!”
partypoker managing director, Tom Waters, 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 screen name!”
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