In a move to introduce poker to new audiences, a completely new format was launched by PokerStars yesterday as they unveiled their hotly anticipated start-and-stop-at-will poker app, Duel by PokerStars.
It’s a Hold'em based game that allows players to challenge their friends to a personal match-off through a text message or messaging service from the major social media networks, all of which are well incorporated into Duel. Play takes place one turn at a time at which point, if you so wish, you can log off before you receive a notification when it’s your turn again.
This freedom allows for friends in different time zones to play at their convenience or those that want to play in their own time between working unsociable hours. There are both play and real money versions of the app and players can also take part in multiple games at the same time and share performance stats.
Without time constraints, the app is designed to appeal to the mobile generation and hope that its usage, on either iOS or Android, becomes every bit as routine as looking in on the news or checking your social media updates.
At the moment the game, still in its beta form, is only available in Norway before an international roll out later in the year and while Hold'em is its only variant right now, other games and tourneys should be released as popularity rises.
In game play
Playing over set number of hands, ten if you're playing for fun, twenty if you have money on it, once they have all been completed, the player with the most chips at the end wins.
Players make their decisions for each hand before leaving the game to itself for the time being, until being beckoned to return. Obviously, there is a limit on how long you leave the match which, if exceeded, a player forfeits and folds.
Do the loosened time restrictions appeal to you?