Pokerstars adds new recreational player protection

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Mar 5, 2021

Seat Me launched this week on the operator’s Spanish site

The latest move in the PokerStars strategy to make recreational poker an enjoyable and fair experience was launched this week on in the form of Seat Me, software designed to shield casual players from being preyed upon by far more experienced and well-equipped professional players…a practice known in the poker community as “bum hunting.”

If the addition works well and proves effective, it will be rolled out across other sites in the months ahead.

In simple terms, Seat Me makes it more difficult for the pros to seek out seats that bring them into competition with less experienced and therefore vulnerable casual players. It also simplifies the game selection process, ends seating script add-ons, ensures that seat draws are random, imposes penalties on players who steal blinds or switch tables, and ends the ability to watch the action on other tables.

Seat Me follows other initiatives by the operator to create a more recreational player-friendly atmosphere, including a halt to the ability to harvest hands for advanced data mining. PokerStars is reportedly currently testing the practicality of implementing an anonymous heads-up table system which matches competitors randomly.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

CasinoMeister heart Top 5 casinos


325% Slots Bonus on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Deposit

3Dice Casino

110% up to $110 Welcome Bonus


300% Slots Bonus up to $3,000 on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Deposits

Roaring 21 Casino

400% up to $4,000 + 100 Free Spins Welcome Bonus Package