HighStakesDB has been the go-to database for a decade of highstakes online cash game results – from the days of Full Tilt Poker and its remarkable battles that had poker players the world over enthralled – but the question that has been asked a lot lately is why has the tracking stopped – and what happens next?
The decision to temporarily end tracking mainly comes down to two huge decisions made by the biggest sites in the game: PokerStars summarily ending the SuperNovaElite programme; and partypoker taking over second spot in the market and choosing to protect player identities.
Starting with PokerStars, the controversy generated by their decision to end the SuperNova and SuperNovaElite status mid-season left a sour taste in a huge number of poker players’ mouths.
Boycotts and bad press naturally followed, and some companies and many players decided that they simply couldn’t – and wouldn’t – promote or play on a site that treats its paying customers so badly.
With the database compiled of more than half Stars results, that naturally proved problematic, especially since Full Tilt – which accounted for the remainder of the data – had ceased to be.