There is really no formal announcement that was made supporting the talk about the Ongame Network that is being sold to the slot machine manufacturer Shuffle Master with the sum amount of €16 million. There were just industry rumors about it from different online poker forums. This Ongame Network is actually consisting of about 25 skins including the Bwin, BetFair, Hollywood Poker and the BetSafe to name a few. In fact, they have been on the block for the last year the reason why the owner made up for merging. It is believed by the Industry analyst that Bwin players will need to reshuffle towards the Party Poker Network even before the sale will be formalized.
As such, it would also reduce the player traffic in the Ongame Network. It was even expected that there will be a boost of traffic at the Party Poker. The Shuffle Master is just one of the other 13 applicants that are also vying to get the poker license online so that they can provide services to the Nevada residents. As of now, the Shuffle Master reaches worldwide residents with the business locations in Australia, Austria, South Africa and in Macau at the same time.
Prior to the enhancement of the unlawful internet gambling enforcement, the ongame network original purchase was €473 million during the year 2005. Right then, they have targeted the European market and have ranked sixth when it comes to player traffic by the PokerScout. Just so you will be informed too, the Entraction Network is the other applicant for the Nevada online poker license.