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Will Partypoker stick with DTD

on 2016-03-12, 18:53
This Sunday, partypoker will guarantee more in one single day than the site guaranteed in a full week  6 months ago – including $950,000 in 4 of their headline events;
17:00 Powerfest #83 $100K Gtd $109 buy-in
19:00 Powerfest #84 $500K Gtd $215 buy-in
19:00 Powerfest #87  $100K Gtd $530 buy-in
20:00 Powerfest #88 $250K Gtd $530 buy-in


How has this dramatic increase in guaranteed prize pools come about? Pokerfest was partypoker’s $2M festival which they ran three times per year before the weekly Power Series was introduced in October – which has now grown from $1.6M to $2.5M of guarantees per week. Thats put you in a tricky spot – you can announce a festival thats smaller that your weekly schedule! Myself, Tom Waters (MD of party) and Jay Kanabar (Head of Poker) met in a coffee shop in Gibraltar across the road from party’s offices to discuss this Powerfest Schedule – after some arm twisting we persuaded Chris Donnachie (Poker Room Manager) to double all the 7pm Power Series GTEs – but that still only got us to $4.5M, Jay suggested we add a $500K Super High Roller at $5200 and hey presto – we got the headline number of $5M! If the new owners of party, GVC, read this blog they will probably think WTF is going on, but I love the way that decisions are made quickly at partypoker now, dare I say it, it reminds me of how PokerStars used to be and how DTD has always been.


My advice to partypoker since DTD started working with them has been to take risks that add value to your existing customers instead of investing in advertising and marketing to attract new customers. It makes me puke when I see the banks who the taxpayers bailed out offering better deals to new customers whilst doing their best to send their existing customers broke and homeless. In my opinion, if you focus on looking after your own loyal customers, they will tell other people that you’re decent, trustworthy company, and you will acquire new customers without gimmicks. I believe that a company that has to spend on getting new customers through the door to compensate for existing customers leaving will get found out when the market tightens and that the quality operators will prevail.


When you take risks you win some and you lose some, that’s the nature of putting your balls on the line. I feel that the poker industry should take risks, they ask players to take gambles every day, and if you have an accident, the money is better in your customers’ accounts that in some advertisers pockets. I don’t understand why players are loyal to gambling businesses that are conservative – they are basically saying we will take your money and we will give you no chance of getting any added value back. Let’s face it, most poker operators, live and online, only offer poker so they can get us to lose our money in their casino or sportsbook, with the exception of a few, they really don’t give a toss about poker or us.


When we agreed the partnership with party and joined the site 12 months ago, I trusted the people at party and that has proved to be a good read. DTD is a shed in Nottingham and fights above its natural weight division,  an online operator can do the same despite this tough poker climate. I asked players to keep the faith and put aside doubts over partypoker and you have made the UK the largest market on party and now the other countries are also growing, This is genuine old fashioned organic growth resulting from looking after the players – not £20 free money offers – but taking positive action such as removing all withdrawal fees, setting up forums to communicate with customers directly, meeting customers face to face, investing in the grass roots and of course, improving the product and offerings .


Yes, there are still blips, but look at how party deal with these now, when the $100K Powerfest 7pm event cancelled on Thursday night, party chose to re re-run it at 21:30 the same night -there is not an online operator in the world that would have made that decision, the end result was a $17K overlay but it could have been an absolute car crash – however sometimes you just have to do the right thing and close your eyes and hope the poker gods appreciate it – no frills – no gimmicks – no putting you head in the sand and hoping a problem goes away or players will forget. I keep using the words old fashioned, either I am 44 and don’t know any other way of doing business, or I am right and things were better before.


What a line up old timers with $1K bounties on their heads in the Powerfest #84 Sunday 7pm $500K Gtd $215 buy-in, myself, Dave Colclough, Michelle Orpe, Marcel Luske and Simon Trumper – plus a few young guns to make up the numbers, Alex Goulder, Steve Warburton and Ryan Spittles. I had lost touch with El Blondie for a few years- was really nice to catchup with him a couple of weeks ago.
Keep The Faith,
Rob

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Re: Will Partypoker stick with DTD

on 2016-03-14, 12:02
It looks like party are going along with rob yongs ambitions to keep smashing guarantees so the answer is yes. What will they do when all the dtd players are potless though? They keep asking the same players to keep digging deep, so unless they get non uk players Involved it can't keep growing can it? Ive shut off all their facebook stuff cos it is just a constant stream of "support us" and "we need your help". Every time they announce a new policy  - like "only freezeouts" - it lasts two weeks then they are back to reloads etc. Would be better if they stuck to what they said. Would rather play at the alea without all the bullshit.
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Re: Will Partypoker stick with DTD

on 2016-03-14, 13:08
LOL - how very topical - just had to post a revision of the schedule on today's listing. I'm all for businesses being capable of dynamic changes, responsive to their customers and so on, but it just seems like poor planning if I'm honest.

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Re: Will Partypoker stick with DTD

on 2016-03-14, 20:26
Rob seems to get over excitable and only thinks about these things after the event.And then puts appeals out to players to turn up at the Grand Prix events.
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Re: Will Partypoker stick with DTD

on 2016-03-14, 21:47
He must have a very understanding bank manager in this day and age of profit is king or even a necessity.
I agree the constant calling for help does get too much, but saying that I do enjoy the DTD experience, along with the top dealers they employ.
I have had problems with DTD in the past but putting them aside it has to be the UK's best poker room.
Let's face it he can do what he wants when he wants it's his business.

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