GVC-owned partypoker has unveiled the first phase of improvements to its poker client, featuring an enhanced lobby and game navigation alongside a number of other updates.

The poker client features a new darker lobby and table theme that is designed to improve the playing experience, particularly for those playing long sessions, while the addition of collapsible filters allows more space to view game choices, adding to the improved game navigation.

The company has also updated the Sit & Go HERO lobby to differentiate between three and four-handed games, and removed the One Click lobby.

The One Click lobby was introduced as a unique feature to partypoker in 2013, allowing players to search through and save preferred tables and access their favourite games with one click. partypoker said that it has now removed the feature "as almost all players prefer the traditional view".

"We acknowledge that our poker product needed some love. We have been working on this project for a number of months with the support of a large group of players," said partypoker managing director Tom Waters.

"We have been testing the phase one release over the past couple of weeks and the feedback from the players has been extremely encouraging. There are many more enhancements in the pipeline and I am confident that by the end of 2017 our players will be delighted with the improved look and feel and the usability of the software."

Phase two of the update, scheduled for release during the fourth quarter, will see partypoker introduce a number of additional improvements to the lobby and tables, including full screen lobby view; filter, display, game and tournament information improvements, and improved table look and feel with greater customisation options.

"The upcoming software release is another step in the direction of getting our ‘dream poker room’," added partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard.

"We see an improvement to the lobby and to the table as well as lots of small tweaks all around the client. I tested the software with a dozen or so guys and the feedback was all extremely positive. We’ve given extra feedback about how to further improve the software and from now till the end of the year you should see additional impressive improvements to the overall software.”

Shares in partypoker parent GVC Holdings plc. (Co. Data) (LSE:GVC) were trading down 0.96 per cent at 777.50 pence per share in London early Tuesday.