The International Poker Network (IPN) is a large European Network (no USA players allowed) which has its base in Sweden and poker servers in Malta. Initially established as the Gold Club Casino in 1996, the company behind the network – BOSS Media – received a number of requests to sell their software package, and in 2004 sold its online casino interests to focus entirely on e-gaming solutions for third party clients. Amongst them is one of the largest European online sports betting operations – SportingBet.com owners of Paradise Poker – and it is from a base of core clients such as this that the network has grown to include some of the more well-known poker sites in France, Spain and Poland, as well as international brand names such as Virgin poker and Yahoo! Poker (UK).
Bonus and Tournaments
Paradise Poker is the biggest individual poker site within the network, however many of the networked sites share the same promotions including a 200% initial sign up deposit bonus, monthly MTT “leaderboard” competition, a $10.000 Jackpot Sit ´n´ Go promotion (with excellent consolation bonuses) and a weekly flagship tournament guaranteeing $100.000 with a buy-in of just $150.00. The network also hosts a wide range of low-to-medium buy-in guaranteed tournaments in a variety of games – not just limited to Texas Hold´em, but also including Omaha, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw – with daily tournaments guaranteeing pots of $10K and $25K.
Consequently, the sites affiliated to the network see a regular and loyal membership. Traffic throughout the network peaks during the European evening hours at around 5.000, with an average of 2.000 cash players throughout the day. The standard of these players is very good as a rule, with few tables beyond the micro-limit games seeing a particularly high percentage of “players per flop” despite many tables being short-handed (5 players).
The majority of the tournaments are well subscribed and competitive, and there are only a handful of multi-table freeroll tournaments open to players who have not played in a selected number of raked hands in the previous 72 hours.
The International Poker Network has seen increasing levels of traffic over the past few years as more sites become affiliated to it. There is a history of security and integrity amongst its member sites and they are a good learning starting point for many European based players. The only element missing from the network is any volume of traffic in the high stakes games.
The game play is smooth and not at all heavy on computer RAM; however it is only possible to play five tables at a time if you were wishing to multi-table. The software, developed by BOSS Media, is only available to Windows users, however there is a limited version available in Flash for Mac and Linux users.
Network Poker Sites / Skins
Sites on the BOSS/International Poker Network include:
Top Poker Sites:
Other poker sites:
- Yahoo! Poker (UK)