Phil Galfond contemplates table caps for Run It Once


It’s been two years since the idea of a new online poker portal, Run It Once, by Phil Galfond was introduced.  The site has faced a serious number of delays with Galfond admitting last year that it was a much more monstrous task than he had imagined.  The site has made significant progress this year toward launching virtual tables, and now Galfond is asking for feedback on whether or not table caps should be allowed, and what the cap should be. 

According to a blog post, he published last week, Galfond explained, The primary purpose of a table cap is to improve average game quality. More often than not, those who play 8-24 tables are professionals, and those who play one table are more likely non-pros, which means that the ratio of pros to recreational players at each table is much greater than the ratio of pro to recreational active accounts.

"The fewer tables each pro can play, the fewer seats per table will be occupied by pros, and this will positively affect win and loss rates for everyone."

Galfond believes that a lower cap of four tables will provide a better player experience and could potentially eliminate the use of moronic poker bots at the tables since a higher number of bots is needed to be profitable.  However, it could also mean a lower rake for the site.

Placing a six-table cap means the site makes more money in the short term; however, the player experience could suffer.  With more tables being managed by a single player, play at individual tables is slower and counterproductive to the game progress. 

Galfond wants input from the community.  Run It Once has a page where registered users can vote on the different options, and Galfond has said that the option with the most votes wins. 

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