The Ongame Poker Network is a vast European network of online poker rooms, casinos and sports betting operations that has grown rapidly since rebranding in 2006. The parent company, Bwin Interactive Entertainment, started in Vienna in 1997 as one of the first companies to offer online “betting in running”, and its initial success allowed it to buy into the online casino and cash games industries, before developing its own poker platform in 2004. Further acquisitions followed and the company head office move to Gibraltar as the company changed its name from “betandwin” to the now internationally recognised brand.
The 27 web sites that belong to the Ongame network amass between them an average of 2600 players online at any one time, with the peak periods witnessing the highest traffic, with the number of players around 5800. Unusually for a poker site, the greater number of players is seen during the early evening rather than later at night, and this is possibly due to sports betting customers filling the void between afternoon and evening sports action. Despite this, it is only a few of the micro-tables that see loose play, with some very tight bonus hunters occupying the low and mid-game tables.
The software driving the network is the advanced P5 Poker Engine, developed in-house by Bwin Interactive. It is incredibly stylish, with crisp playing action, fantastic graphics and a full range of statistical and analytical options for the poker player. Resizable tables are only available in the Windows version at present, and there is a useful one click on-screen “table tiling” icon, which automatically resizes and redistributes your open tables. Because of the juice used by the software, it is difficult to play more than four tables at any one time. This is one of the planned improvements due soon, plus a more comprehensive version for the Mac and Flash/Java software. The Ongame Network can also be downloaded onto your mobile for online play from anywhere in the world.
Sites on the OnGame Network have an even distribution of freezeout and rebuy tournaments – which is great for choice, but the number of tournaments with guaranteed prize funds suffers as a result. Generally, you will find well subscribed games up to $5 buy-in offering prizes up $7.000 during the week, and slightly larger at the weekend. The network “highlight” tournament is called the “ChampionChip” – a $190+ $10 multi-table tournament with a guaranteed prize fund of $250K. There are a series of qualifiers and sit ´n´ go satellites to make the entry fee less painful, and sites on the network also have a number of innovative and potentially lucrative promotions, with qualifying clients gaining exclusive entry to a number of well funded freeroll events.
The network has recently introduced a series of “Coinflip” and “Chip Chaser” events – effectively Sit ´n´ Go tournaments where players are either all-in every hand or all-in every hand after a 10 minute period – and offer cash games in all versions of Texas Hold´em (short-handed is often played 5 handed on this network), Omaha and Omaha Hi/lo, 7 Card Stud and Stud Hi/Lo. The network also has a fairly active ring game section for 5 Card Draw Poker, with FL and PL games available from $0.05/$0.10.
Ongame Network Skins / Poker Sites
Top Ongame poker sites:
Other poker sites:
- PAF.com (Spade Network)