Now Shares the PartyPoker Network

December 26, 2012 poker players can now enjoy the full share of the PartyPoker network following bwin’s re-emergence. The poker site took a day’s downtime to transition its player base successfully from Ongame to the Partygaming platform, and now shares PartyPoker’s player pool.

In spite of no announcement being made prior to the transition, the poker room was dedicated to completing the move within this year. It was pending since the March 2011 merger of PartyGaming and bwin and became possible in October 2012, when the final sale of Ongame to Amaya, which had earlier been delayed, finally took place. The transition has been confirmed in a bwin blog post, which also pointed out touted features on the new platform like custom avatars and tournaments.

bwin players can expect to see a significantly wider range of real money games running, as the number of active cash game players on the PartyPoker network is approximately double that of Ongame. Party’s fast-fold product will also be accessible to them.

Should the majority of bwin players migrate to the new software, PartyPoker players should expect the new traffic to sport a noticeable bump. Micro-stakes will be central in the weighing of the highest percentage of the increased liquidity. A number of estimates put the bwin player base on Ongame Network at 30-50%, which may possibly translate to a 15-25% bump in Party traffic.

Other players certain to notice the traffic increase are those in other Party skins, for instance Empire Poker and WPT Poker.

This bump will probably put PartyPoker on the number the spot ahead of iPoker, its perennial rival, on the much-quoted poker networks global ranking by PokerScout. Rankings are usually determined by average traffic on cash games.

Players on other Ongame skins should expect the traffic to drop. Fortunately, this drop may not be so pronounced outside the micro-stakes since a large number of bwin’s Ongame tables were exclusive to the poker site.


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