PokerStars will be testing a new feature in the next few months: anonymous “stealth mode” tables.
It’s a bold (though not unwelcome) move by the online poker giant, as it marks a reversal of their long-standing policy of permanent screen names for all online tables.
But it’s not a total reversal: after 24 hours, hand histories will be de-anonymized.
The anonymous “stealth mode” is understood to be an optional feature, so players who have no qualms about revealing their names will be unaffected.
It appears players wishing to use the anonymous feature will be allowed to activate it in the lobby.
PokerStars also implied it will only be available for select tables, rather than an across-site implementation.
PokerStars Director of Poker Innovation and Operations, Severin Rasset, said:
“We are always working on new features and products, and we have a lot coming up that we plan to test and gain player feedback on. This includes testing adding some anonymous tables in upcoming months, which we will monitor very closely as the overall player experience and health of our poker ecosystem is top priority for us.”
There are some theories on how the feature will be implemented – including whether or not anonymous players will be marked as such.
For now though, PokerStars is playing this one close to their chest.