Partypoker NJ Super Series Events Cancelled Following Servers Crash

Partypoker NJ Super Series Events Cancelled Following Servers CrashOver the past few weeks, Partypoker New Jersey has busily been promoting its Garden State Super Series (GSSS), whose guaranteed $1 million prize pool was to make it the biggest online poker series in New Jersey’s history. The GSSS was set to run from September 7th until September 21th, but on Sunday the competition brought all the excitement to an abrupt end after “serious technical difficulties” caused Party/Borgata to cancel a number of tournaments offering almost $400,000 in guaranteed prize money, including a trio of main events.
As well as the low and mid buy-in Main Events guaranteeing $25,000 and $50,000 respectively, the $200,000 Guaranteed Main Event which attracted more than 700 entrants was also shelved, but not before the tournament had reached its midway point. Following intensive efforts to correct the problem, Partypoker had to concede defeat and cancel the event, subsequently issuing emails to all affected players, with an extract reading as follows:
“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this will have caused. We have been humbled by this experience and appreciate the enormous burden we have placed on the players tonight and are so sorry. We will diligently work to make certain that we overcome these technical challenges in the future.”
Naturally, cancellation of the tournaments created a very poor impression with players, many of whom took to social media and poker forums to air their displeasure. Further compounding the problem was the fact players eliminated before the servers went down received no refund, while any player who had late registered for the tournament would receive their money back and a share of the prize pool, even if they didn’t have enough time to play even a single hand.
As well as reflecting poorly on New Jersey’s most popular online poker website, Party/Borgata’s problems also diminished the impact of its latest sponsored star signing, former New Jersey Devils star Ken Daneyko, who was due to take part in the tournaments. Furthermore, the debacle strengthens the case for granting PokerStars a license to operate in New Jersey.


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