Betfair Poker Migrates to Ongame
Posted on July 13, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
2 rival European facing online gaming giants have found a common destination for their poker games as the increasing competition across the worldwide online poker scene is day after day bring new merges new acquisitions and interesting news in a battle for survival against the pressure set by the two US facing online poker giants fulltiltpoker.com and pokerstars.com. The news of the merge of Betfair to Ongame network is travelling around email inboxes like lightning as the case of Betfair joining Ongame might mean the formation of a new European superpower network which might just come to change the worldwide rankings of poker rooms and even more might start threatening the position of the ipoker network during very difficult times as the merge is anticipated to attract further migrations of online poker rooms from less powerful networks like the IPN which are giving holding companies a very rough time running healthy businesses. On July 27th Betfair will join Ongame and will share the same network with Bwin Poker and a number of other European facing online poker rooms while changing the name of their platform to Betfair Poker 2.
Here’s the joint statement of both companies
“Betfair and Ongame announce that Betfair Poker will enter the Ongame network at the end of July 2010. The agreement between the two companies will raise the number of players on the Ongame network , which previously played in the standalone network run by Betfair “.
The switch is anticipated to allow the Ongame network to raise its game and compete with the ever growing ipoker network at a time when a large portion of the networks French clientele has been shut out of the network. The merge is anticipated to benefit both parties and will substantially have spill over benefits towards other sites belonging to the same family including bwin.com.
According to Pokerscout.com stats Betfair ‘s network attracted an average of 620 players per day in cash games, while the corresponding figure for Ongame adds up to 1900; If players on Betfair then remain in the new platform which is the goal but at the least said a difficult goal due to the rakeback agreements given out currently by Betfair; the traffic of the network will add up around the 2500 mark which will bring it nearer to the Cereus Poker network and in a prosperous position to further more compete with ipoker which has firmed its position after William Hill joined its network.
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