🤯 This one’s a game changer: 6/20/22 Release

After last release’s huge group experience update, we kept the momentum going…and then some. Run, don’t walk, to check out the improved game and video design. Every facet of the UI has been thoughtfully updated. Read on to learn about the new look, and some new features! Plus: recurring games, connect your Solana wallet, and see your best hand!

Marianne Chronister
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Jun 20, 2022
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🤯 This one’s a game changer: 6/20/22 Release
June 20, 2022
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After last release’s huge group experience update, we kept the momentum going…and then some. Run, don’t walk, to check out the improved game and video design. Every facet of the UI has been thoughtfully updated. Read on to learn about the new look, and some new features!  

And ICYMI, we are still rewarding engaged hosts and players with exclusive Fun Country tokens and NFTs. Find more info below on how to connect your wallet and start building your collection.

🤩 Poker with friends, better than ever

Getting around the table with friends is the core of the Fun Country Poker experience, and we’re making sure it looks the part. We’ve raised the bar on design while addressing some of our most common pieces of player feedback over the last several months.

Looks slick, right? Let’s break it down:  

📹 Player video & cards

Now when you take your seat, you’ll feel like you got upgraded to first class. Visual changes to the player videos include rounded corners and a more obvious speaking indicator. The turn timer has moved to the top of the video, and camera/mic controls now only appear on hover.

It’s easy to tell who is participating in the hand based on who has cards, which are now shown prominently in the top right corner of the other players’ videos. Your cards are still front and center below your video.

🌟 A spiffed-up sidebar

Not to pick favorites, but the sidebar may have gotten the biggest overhaul of all. A visual blind change timer has been added to the blind info at the top for SNG tournaments. Below the game info you’ll see observer videos, then the chat, history, and ledger/rankings. Yup, chat and history are now separated into their own tabs! And if you’re not on the chat tab, a blue badge will alert you to any new messages.  

When a SNG tournament is completed, the rankings will appear automatically in the sidebar. Collapse the sidebar for a condensed view that maximizes space for the table and videos.

Another gem in the sidebar redesign is improved game pause functionality. Now when a player clicks the pause button in the upper right corner, a clear message will indicate that the game will pause after the hand is complete. This text then changes to indicate that the game is paused.

There is no longer an overlay on the table obscuring the cards from being reviewed during a pause - so now you can use the pause function to discuss the hand results (or just take a break!).

🎯 New gameplay features

These updates put the “new” in “new and improved.”  

💡 Display best hand post-flop

You asked, we listened: now you can see a description of your best hand from the flop through the end of the hand.

🕹️ Betting & admin control updates

Hot off the press - 🔥 hotkeys! Use simple keyboard commands to select your betting action.

When opening pre-flop, the bet sizing buttons are now based on big blinds. Post-flop they will be shown as % of pot. The bet slider now also uses big blind increments, and you can control it by scrolling with your mouse or trackpad. Finally, the fold button is disabled if you can check.

Prefer to view chip counts in big blind units? There’s a new setting for that! Toggle this setting to change how chip counts are displayed in your stack, on the table, and in the betting controls. This setting affects you and no one else!

Trying to tell the crew about your epic weekend trip and want all the attention? Hosts and group admins can now mute all players’ audio at the same time, in addition to muting game sounds. Players can individually un-mute themselves.

🔄 Repeat after me

You got the gang together, now make it a habit. When creating a new game, select the Recurring option and see your social calendar take shape. Less work, more poker night memories.

👛 Connect your wallet

We’re rewarding our early adopters with exclusive tokens and NFTs. Make sure to connect your Solana wallet to start earning rewards!

To connect your wallet, click on your avatar in the upper right corner of the group homepage. Select Settings, and locate Connect wallet at the bottom of that page.

🔮 Things we’re working on

Here’s a look into our crystal ball:

  • Making the first time user experience as seamless as possible
  • Instant game creation
  • Invite friends from game
  • More player rewards and NFTs
  • Game reminders
  • Customizable SNG starting stacks

🏆 Weekly community games

We now host weekly community games! All are welcome to join the fun (and earn some tokens). Details are posted on Discord in the #poker channel. Here’s what we currently have in the lineup:

  • Wednesday 9PM EDT: Weekly Community Game Hosted by Gaffer
  • Thursday 6PM EDT: Game hosted by Ace Poker
  • Thursday 8PM EDT: Poker + NFT Project Game
  • Friday 9PM EDT: Hot Pot Game hosted by Brian

📣 We want your feedback!

Have an idea for a cool feature, or notice a bug we missed? Join our community on Discord and help shape our roadmap!

Play real-time poker with friends over video!

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