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Showing posts with label zen gaming. Show all posts
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Friday, May 14, 2010

NLOP Poker Client Needs Work

The poker client that www.makepokerlegal.com affiliates with is marketed as the NLOP (National League of Poker) poker client and is produced by the Zen Gaming Network (www.zengaming.com).  All games on this platform are free, although you can pay a monthly amount to remove advertising (and there is a LOT of it) during game play and to qualify for additional prize events.  Many tournaments offer a cash or prize for finishing in the top few spots and it is legal in places like the United States because players are not gambling with their own money.

Compared to the clients at any major real-money poker room (PokerStars, UltimateBet, Full Tilt Poker) the Zen client is quite slow and buggy.  On my system I had the following experiences:

  1. It crashed without an error message regularly
  2. It could not handle a multiple monitor setup.  If you attempt to move any NLOP window to the second monitor it would instead put it to the right edge of the primary monitor
  3. The advertisements are delivered using embedded Internet Explorer which causes additional problems: It further slows down the poker client and it produces a clicking sound (the IE link click sound) whenever it delivers an advertisement).  In addition because it is using Internet Explorer to deliver its ads it can deliver content that exploits IE holes to install adware/malware on your system.  This content isn’t from Zen gaming directly but can come from its partners without their direct knowledge.
  4. It is nearly impossible to multi-table using the software because of the speed and the way it handles clicks (you must click the client window to activate it then click the action button a second time to perform an action)
  5. There is no ability to resize, tile or cascade the poker client windows

Keep in mind that you can play on this platform for free and as long as you keep your windows updates current and use an up to date antivirus program (which should be everyone) then #3 won’t be a show stopper.  The players are, on average, very weak and it is possible to win some prizes with no financial risk.  If they would update their software and provide a better feedback mechanism for users to help them improve it (right now there’s basically no mechanism except for a customer support form) they could turn what is right now a mediocre experience into a great one.