3 Barrels: POWERFEST X news; partypoker server issues; Waters deep run


Three echoes from the caves of partypoker including news of POWERFEST X, a terrible Sunday, and a deep run from the boss.

3-barrels-powerfest-x-news-partypoker-server-issues-waters-deep-runA New Zealand couple thought it was as cool as squashing candlelight between your thumb and forefinger to name their daughter Kaitlyn after replacing the ‘ait,’ with VIII (eight in Roman numerals).

When it comes to Roman numerals, they don’t come much cooler than ‘X’.

Wrestlemania X.

Super Bowl X.

Malcolm X.

Coolness personified.

partypoker’s POWERFEST X takes place Sunday 28th July to Sunday 11th August, with $28m in guarantees spread across 275-tournaments.

It’s the second time POWERFEST has bathed in 2019 neon light, and the first time partypoker has held the event in the summer. Since POWERFEST IX, party has reduced the guarantee by $2m but has increased the number of games by 20. It’s still way down on the $40m GTD in POWERFEST’s May 2018 outing.

The summer schedule means it dodges the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). It has to balance that with the end of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), where most people would have done their bollocks.

The busiest day of POWERFEST X is the last, with eight Championship Events, four in Progressive Knockout (PKO) and four in Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO), and two Super High Rollers, taking place on Sunday, August 11.

Here are the Championship Events, and Super High Roller details.

Championship events 

All events take place, Sunday 11 August.

19:00 (BST): $2,100 buy-in, $750,000 GTD PKO.
19:00 (BST): $320 buy-in, $500,000 GTD PKO.
19:00 (BST): $55 buy-in, $150,000 GTD PKO.
19:00 (BST): $11 buy-in, $50,000 GTD PKO.
19:30 (BST): $2,100 buy-in, $250,000 GTD PLO.
19:30 (BST): $320 buy-in, $100,000 GTD PLO.
19:30 (BST): $55 buy-in, $25,000 GTD PLO.
19:30 (BST): $11 buy-in, $10,000 GTD PLO.

Super High Roller events

Ten events with buy-ins between: $5,200 and $25,500.

Sun, 28 Jul: 17:00 (BST): $5,200 buy-in, $500,000 GTD.
Tue, 30 Jul: 19:00 (BST): $5,200 buy-in, $500,000 GTD PKO.
Thu, 1 Aug: 17:00 (BST): $10,300 buy-in, $1m GTD.
Thu, 1 Aug: 19:00 (BST): $5,200 buy-in, $400,000 GTD PLO 6-Max.
Sun, 4 Aug: 17:00 (BST): $5,200 buy-in, $500,000 GTD.
Tue, 6 Aug: 19:00 (BST): $5,200 buy-in, $500,000 GTD.
Thu, 8 Aug: 17:00 (BST): $25,500 buy-in, $2m GTD.
Thu, 8 Aug: 19:00 (BST): $5,200 buy-in, $400,000 GTD PLO 6-Max.
Sun, 11 Aug: 17:00 (BST): $10,300 buy-in, $1m GTD
Sun, 11 Aug: 18:00 (BST): $5,200 buy-in, $1m GTD Phased Final.

Technical issues spoil Sunday fun day

partypoker may have covered Hossein Ensan in patches, as he attempts to win $10m in the WSOP Main Event, but back in the world of bread and butter, gremlins have battered partypoker’s online grind this weekend.

The problems seem to be extensive. Beginning on Sunday, players saw multi-table table tournaments (MTTs) paused or cancelled during the busiest day of the week, with issues continuing throughout Monday.

Perusing the feedback on Twitter, player concerns focus on some players finding their tournaments paused, while others could continue to play unchallenged.

Here’s partypoker’s reaction to that.

The refund policy applies in these circumstances, and here is the link if you have any questions.

The boss has a deep run in the main

partypoker is considering sacking all ambassadors, after Managing Director Tom Waters proved you don’t need the hired help to promote your brand during live events.

Waters finished 206/8569 for $50,855 in the WSOP Main Event, a run overshadowed by PokerStars Senior Manager Player Relations, Garry Gates, who finished third for $3m.

It’s the first time Waters has cashed in the WSOP. It’s not his best score. That came in 2007 when he finished 4/215 in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party in Punta Cana. Waters earned $87,600 in that event, after jostling with Adrian Mateos, Anatoly Filatov, Kenny Hallaert, Manig Loeser and Bartlomiej Machon.

Waters has earned $159,180 playing live tournaments spread over three years.​