ACR Plans for High Five Series Amidst Software Troubles

ACR Plans for High Five Series Amidst Software Troubles

Americas Cardroom, part of the Winning Poker Network, is planning for its September online poker series called the High Five. The 100-tournament series will run September 10-29 and promise at least $5 million in prize pool guarantees.

This series will begin just a few weeks after the wrap of the Online Super Series Cub3d, a three-part series of tournaments that that offered 160 tournaments and more than $13 million in guarantees.

The first-ever Venom tournament was held in July as well, just as OSS Cub3d got underway. That event smashed its $5 million guarantee with an actual prize pool of $6,382,500 and generated enough excitement for Americas Cardroom to announce another one. That Venom will begin on November 27 and promise at least $6 million for the prize pool.

But for September, ACR is prepping for the High Five.

Biggest High Five Yet

Americas Cardroom has hosted the High Five series numerous times in the past, but the upcoming iteration will be the largest to date.

From September 10 to September 29, the High Five will offer a series of 100 tournaments. They will be split into three consecutive sections of tournaments, each offering a Main Event. And altogether, the series will guarantee $5 million in prize pools.

The theme of the High Five, as always, is weed. ACR knows that some of its players enjoy a little smoke, thus the pot leaves in the background of the High Five logos and banners. This means that there will be a “courtesy break,” as they call it, every day at 4:20pm ET. They call the series a “420-friendly” one.

Each of the 20 days of the series will offer five tournaments, with the three sections and their Main Event highlights as follows:

Section 1:  September 10-15

–Event 28 on September 15:  $420+$30 NLHE Main Event with $420K GTD

Section 2:  September 16-22

–Event 62 on September 22:  $420 + $30 NLHE Main Event with $420K GTD

Section 3:  September 23-29

–Event 98 on September 29:  $420 + $30 NLHE Main Event with $420K GTD

Software Ready?

Back in May, Winning Poker Network began to roll out its new and upgraded software platform.

The entire process took longer than most players expected and affected nearly every part of the online poker experience. VIP program points seem to have disappeared, account balances were not always automatically displayed, tournament pre-registrations were nullified, daily and weekly tournaments sometimes disappeared from the lobby, and leaderboards were unavailable.

WPN tried to stay atop the glitches as the upgrade process moved forward, and they announced as many potential disruptions as possible. Even so, players were frustrated quite often throughout the process.

Most of the glitches were eventually resolved, and ACR and its sister sites on the network functioned as normal throughout most of the summer months.

Even so, there are outages and problems that routinely affect play on Americas Cardroom. For example, technical issues caused serious problems with tournaments last week, beginning on August 22.

Soon after the initial notification on Twitter, all tournaments were cancelled and refunded within the subsequent 24-72 hours.

The problem was thought to have been resolved that night, but tournaments were again suspended on August 23, which led to a notice that ACR was “undergoing maintenance.”

It happened again on August 24.

By Sunday, the issues seemed to have been resolved. The Sunday tournaments progressed as normal, and players saw refunds from the previous days.

Whether this was a DDoS attack or software problem will probably never be disclosed, but ACR is likely working hard to resolve all issues before the next tournament series in September.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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