Around two months ago iPoker announced that it will split in two. The first group will be comprised of poker rooms that can maintain at least 6,000 active users and generate more than 850 new real money players each month. iPoker platforms that cannot meet these requirements will be relegated to the other group.
Being part of the upper tier has numerous advantages such as access to VIP tournaments, high roller competitions, and bad bead jackpots. The poker sites in the second group will be cut out from most of the action because they usually contribute very little to the iPoker network.
A number of poker sites that are expected to fall into the lower tier have announced that they will shut down business and sell their operations to a bigger room in the network.
The first two casualties of this split due on September 1, 2012 are Celeb Poker and Dracula Poker, who will be merging their player databases with Titan Poker.
Titan Poker now becomes one of the biggest skins on the iPoker network along with William Hill Poker and Paddy Power Poker.
Dracula Poker has already closed new player registration and redirected its main lobby to Titan Poker. Celeb Poker is expected to do the same in the next few weeks. Old player accounts in both sites will be merged with Titan Poker so players are able to transition smoothly.
Celeb Poker never really made an impression in the iPoker Network despite a higher-than average level of promotions and customer service. Celeb Poker was primarily aimed at the American market while it was still on the Boss Network, welcoming celebrity players such as Young Gun star Lou Diamond Phillips. When Boss Media withdrew from the US poker market following the UIGEA, the flow of traffic on Celeb Poker dwindled to a trickle and never recovered even after moving to iPoker in 2009.
Dracula Poker, on the other hand, is a small iPoker skin which predominantly caters to Hungarian and Romanian players.
It remains to be seen whether more poker skins will be shutting down due to the new measures introduced by the iPoker Network. To stay updated on the latest online poker news, subscribe to this page today.
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