The iPoker Network is the largest and most populated of the multi-site poker networks. The company behind its success – Playtech – is a publicly listed company on the London Stock Exchange which was established in 1999 as a software development company for the casino industry. In 2004, the company launched the iPoker Network, and through the support of a number of UK sports betting firms keen to profit from the growing popularity of online poker, quickly gained a substantial foothold in the European online poker room market.
Each of the 67 web sites that currently form the membership of the iPoker network has its own feel, independent branding and the facility to run unique games solely for its subscribers. The sites are able to organise their own bonus structure and maintain their own security and customer support. Many of the sites link back into their associated businesses, such as sports betting, casino and bingo.
Playtech recently announced the acquisition and marketing rights to the World Poker Tour, which has enhanced the company´s profile and, despite the fact that players from the USA are not permitted to play in the online poker rooms, traffic on the combined network now averages 4.350 players, peaking at over 7.300 during busy periods – usually the European evening hours.
The Playtech software that powers the iPoker Network offers smooth graphics, a choice of avatars, table view and manually resizable screens to allow for players who like to multi-table. The software is very light on RAM, so it is possible to tile or cascade up to 20 tables without affecting the speed of the games. Other features include instant access to notes, player stats and hand histories, variable audio settings and the ability to add any player around the table to a “Buddy list” for easier future tracking.
The full downloadable version is also available for Mac users and there is a Flash (no download) option as well as limited option for mobile users.
In order to remain competitive with the industry leading poker sites, many of the guaranteed tournaments on the iPoker Network are “rebuy” tournaments, with the most populated being the $10 + $1 buy-in NLHE with $20.000 guaranteed prize fund. Freezeout competitions also exist with the regular daily top game being a $10 + $1 buy in for a $9.500 guaranteed pot. The big networked tournament each week is a $250.000 freezeout tournament (which once a month is played for $1million guaranteed pot) which has a $300 + $20 buy-in on an extensive satellite route. The network also hosts the European Cup of Online Poker series and has a comprehensive qualification schedule for events such as the World Series of Poker, Grosvenor UK Poker Tour, several WPT and EPT events and the Irish Winter Festival.
The network also shares a series of Jackpot Sit ´n´ Go competitions at various stake levels, with winners of a specific number of consecutive games (varies according to level) collecting a massive bonus.
iPoker Poker Games
Games played on the (full) iPoker Network:
- Texas Hold’em
- Omaha Hi/Lo
- 7 Card Stud
- 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
- 5 Card Stud
Most sites also include links into their casino and sports book operations with funds transferable between the different areas of the same site.
iPoker Skins / Poker Sites
Top poker sites on this network:
Other poker sites:
- SportsInteraction.com (non-US)
- Tiger Poker.com