Partypoker has made a number of changes to its Power Series poker tournament schedule following mixed feedback from players.
The operator said the modifications would “improve the poker ecology and notably to ensure tournaments finish earlier across the tournament roster.”
With immediate effect, all daily Power Series MTTs starting between noon and 5am BST will now follow a consistent format benefiting from shorter blind levels, reduced late registration periods and decreased re-entries, partypoker said in a statement.
“Re-entries have been removed entirely from Progressive Knockout, Bounty Hunter, Fast and Turbo tournaments,” the operator said, making these games all freeze-outs.
In addition, only one re-entry is now permitted in daily Specials taking place at noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and midnight (BST).
Partypoker poker room manager, Chris Donnachie, said: “These changes underscore our commitment to act upon our players’ feedback.
“Reduced late registration and a decrease in re-entries will allow Power Series tournaments to finish earlier, while maintaining favourable stack sizes throughout all stages of the tournaments thanks to our smooth blind structure.”
Since these changes, partypoker’s Sunday line-up of Power Series tournaments saw run times cut by more 20 per cent – around two hours, on average.
Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard added: “I think in general poker tournaments have received a raft of negative changes over the past five years.
“You see so many tournaments offering two-to-three re-buys and 3-4 hours of late registration, meaning they tend to go on for so long.
“The fact partypoker is addressing these concerns shows their dedication to their players and is a positive step for the industry.”