The Amaya-owned PokerStars has opted to pull regular heads-up cash game tables from its service offering.
In an email distributed to customers, PokerStars confirmed that, from 12th February 2016, players will no longer have access to No Limit Hold’em, Fixed Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up regular tables.
Such games will be replaced with Zoom pools, a format which allows players to compete against a different opponent on each hand.
Despite the withdrawal, PokerStars has revealed that it intends to introduce a new $50/$100 option in order to cater for higher stakes customers.
As Eric Hollreiser, the head of corporate communications at PokerStars’ parent company Amaya, explained in a statement: “These changes are part of PokerStars’ ongoing strategic plan to improve the poker ecosystem and enhance the player experience.
“We expect these changes to incentivise more players to be focused on playing poker and less focused on selecting opponents.
“Ultimately we believe this will raise the competitive bar and help increase a fun and fair playing experience for everyone.”