iPoker dividing its poker sites into two tiers
Also, a new game mode!
One of the largest and busiest online poker networks in the world, iPoker, has made a couple of changes recently, and we here at Gambling Tabloid will bring you up to date with everything. They hope these changes will improve their odds of surpassing Party Poker as the world’s second largest online poker network in terms of traffic. However, even if they do manage to place second, they will still be a long way away from PokerStars, the dominating network that has been sitting at the #1 spot for quite some time now.
One of the largest moves that iPoker has just made is one that had been rumored left and right for the better part of the last year. iPoker has announced that they will be dividing their entire network of poker sites into two different tiers. Players that are registered with one of the lower ranked online poker rooms will only have access to a strict pool of poker tables, while players that are registered with the top rated online poker sites will have access to some special tables that are unique to their tier.
Rumors about this separation began to appear over the past months, and it wasn’t until February that online poker sites started to report on this as a sure thing. The same rumors put Titan Poker, Bet 365 and William Hill as the Tier 1 rooms, a fact which has yet to be confirmed or denied by iPoker.
Apparently, this change was made so the “lifetime expectancy” of users on the network can increase. In other words, they want their users to remain loyal for longer, and keep spending time (and money) on the site for years to come. Another reason is the need to balance out the poker sites, as some of them are worlds apart.
Another change is the introduction of Sprint Poker, which is essentially the same thing as Full Tilt Poker’s Rush Poker. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who fell in love with the concept, and iPoker is now planning on introducing this gameplay to all of their skins. For the time being, only Bet365 has implemented the Sprint Poker game mode, but there are plans for it to be expanded to other poker sites if the Bet365 prototype proves to be successful. And if Full Tilt’s Rush Poker has taught us anything, it’s that this game format is, indeed, immensely popular, so we can expect to see much more of it on iPoker.