First of all, let’s not shy away from the elephant in the room. Not everyone likes “throwables”. We get it. For some players, the idea of chucking virtual objects around the tables doesn’t inspire a serious or dignified tone.

And they’re not really supposed to. Throwables are a bit of harmless fun, a way to express a certain feeling in the moment – basically, they’re a new and novel way to say “donk” or “zzzzz” to your opponent.

Here’s the good news: It doesn’t matter which camp you fall into.

If you hate throwables guts, then you can easily turn the setting off and never think about it ever again. If you’re a fan of throwables, you can expand your collection of objects to hurl.

We’ll show you the secret to both in this article.

What are throwables and how do you use them?

For those of you who are wondering what we’re talking about, “throwables” are a new feature on PokerStars. Along with the usual chat features, you can now throw digital objects at your opponents during gameplay.

All players already have at least two throwables available. They are the firework – perfect for celebrating or (sarcastically?) congratulating other players, and the box of tissues – great for helping opponents to wipe up their tears after losing a hand.

Throwables are easy to use. During play, click on the little symbol next to your avatar that looks like a hand holding a ball. A menu will pop up showing all the objects you can throw. Select one and click on an opponent to throw it at them.

The object will appear as an animation, visible to anyone who has not turned the feature off.

How do you turn throwables off?

It can be pretty tilting throwing tissues at an already frustrated player. That’s the whole point. But it’s not everyone’s idea of fun.

If you’ve had enough of the animations, or you’re outraged that PokerStars would create the feature in the first place, then you can easily turn off throwables in the settings menu. Here’s how:

Settings –→ table appearance –→ animation –→ table emotes –→ disable

And that’s it. You’ll never see another firework or box of tissues at the poker tables again.

How do you get more throwables?

If you do decide that you want to keep the feature, mostly for your own amusement as you send that frustrated short stack over the edge, then you’ll be pleased to know that you’re not restricted to just a couple of throwables. Oh no… there’s more.

When you click on the throwables symbol during play, you’ll notice that the menu also has greyed out symbols and empty boxes. These are the throwables that you haven’t got yet, or that are still to be released.

As well as the firework and box of tissues, there are currently two more throwables up for grabs. You can get these by completing challenges. Click on the Challenges tab on the PokerStars lobby and scroll down to the “Throwables” challenges. Opt in to the challenges to begin.

The two additional throwables you can currently win are:

Alarm clock, The “zzzzz” of the throwables world, perfect for telling opponents that you’re tired of waiting. You can win this by completing the associated challenge. Play 50 hands of real money cash or zoom games to unlock the clock.

Deck of cards, perfect for when opponents seem to be hitting all their cards. To unlock this throwable, complete the challenge of being dealt all 52 hole cards in any real money game. It’s not as hard as it sounds.

There’s a new throwable to be released later this week, with one more to follow soon after. You only have until 13 July to complete these challenges and unlock the additional throwables.

The future is throwable…

Along with the two additional throwables you can already unlock, and the two extra ones soon to come, there will be many more throwables released in the future.

We already know that coming soon are the ice bucket – great for coolers, and the floppy fish – great for, you know, throwing a fish at someone. Keep an eye out on the Challenge tab and watch this space for announcements.

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