Three poker networks suffer major server issues

America's Cardoom, partypoker and PokerStars all faced issues with their servers that caused tournaments to be cancelled.

US facing America's Cardoom (on the Winning Poker Network) and partypoker both faced Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks last week, causing them to cancel tournaments that had already started. A DDoS attack is a deliberate attempt by a third party to overwhelm a network and make the server crash. 

partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters made a public apology for the attacks which took place on August 9:

The unfortunate events of 9 August were understandably frustrating for our players. After consideration, the decision was taken to pause and then subsequently cancel all affected tournaments. Our team worked hard to try to resolve the key issues. As poker players ourselves, we fully understand how frustrating it can be when an online poker room suffers technical issues, and we fully appreciate the considerable patience and understanding shown by our players in light of these difficulties

Then last night during their Sunday Majors, the PokerStars server went down. This is rare for PokerStars but not unusual for poker in general, however the odd part was that players from Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Belgium were unaffected and able to gather chips from disconnected players for over an hour. The tournaments were cancelled and at the time of writing players were paid out as per the standard PokerStars cancellation payout, meaning the players from Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Belgium were all at the top of the rankings and paid the lion's share. 

This is a developing story as many at PokerStars will be waking up to this news, so there is a good chance the disconnected players will be compensated upon review. No word yet on whether the PokerStars issue last night was a DDoS attack too.

DDoS attacks and server issues are not a new thing in poker but the timing could have been better for PokerStars and partypoker, who just announced a $116 million guaranteed WCOOP and $60 million guaranteed PowerFest respectively for next month.

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  • jonny1971


    i hope the band al people from thos country + russian
  • ilmeeturmoney


    I lost many tourneys and stars didn't give back the buy in...
  • SDK1987


    #2 I recommend sending a mail to and they will help you further.
  • nmilan84


    They crashed again this morning... The say on pop ups on the server that they will compensate all players in the next 72 hours...
  • zahi1974


    And some minutes ago again...
  • jonny1971


    right now from pokerstars

    We are experiencing ongoing technical issues and have paused all tournaments. We apologise for the continued inconvenience and are working to ensure players are refunded as appropriate. We will provide more details on the issues following our technical review.
  • Thiamtan


    i am happy fore i have stop to play in pokerstars and party poker