888 Poker Removes Heads Up Cash Games
According to player reports 888 poker has removed heads up cash game tables from its lobby. There has not yet been an announcement from 888 however, Two Plus Two user MadeInPolanD posted an email from 888 support explaining the move.
Heads up cash game table have been a problem for online poker rooms for a long time, they are often populated by players referred to as “bumhunters”.
A bumhunter will sit at a table and wait for a weak opponent.
This leads to a scenario where many heads up cash game tables are available with one player sitting at each of them and regular players avoid playing each other in order to wait for a weak opponent.
Other poker networks have taken action to prevent heads up players from abusing the system, for instance the iPoker Network has a feature which enables operators to punish players that violate table rules, the Bodog Poker Network has made all tables anonymous and PokerStars has a program called King of the Hill which forces players sitting at cash game tables to accept action or bet kicked off.