BestPoker leaves the GGPoker network and starts a new adventure in the famous iPoker network
We have just received the message that our partner BestPoker has decided to leave the GGPoker Network and switch to the iPoker Network. Gambling provider Enlabs, which is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, has signed an agreement to migrate its online poker offerings to Playtech’s iPoker network.
With the new agreement, Enlabs’ flagship brands Optibet and Bestpoker will find a new home this summer. The Playtech portfolio of casino and live casino games will also be launched.
An exact date has not yet been determined, but the move is planned for the end of June so that they will be part of iPoker by July 1st 2020 at the latest. It remains to be seen whether this works exactly in this way or maybe a bit later.
Shares in Enlabs AB (STO:NLAB) gained 7.76 per cent to SEK16.94 per share in Stockholm Monday morning following the announcement, while shares in Playtech plc (LSE:PTEC) were trading up 4.09 per cent at 223.80 pence in London.
We are always striving to provide our customers with stable and high-quality products,” said Enlabs head of poker Maksims Gorbacs. “With iPoker we can offer a modern poker experience for all kinds of players. We are confident that iPoker’s liquidity and innovative features will allow our customers to enjoy an even better poker experience.”
So there is indeed some positive news for iPoker, because due to the closure of the Microgaming MPN network tomorrow, May 19th, 2020, most MPN skins are also moving towards iPoker. So you can look forward to additional action at iPoker.
Does the change from the world’s largest poker network to iPoker make sense for BestPoker?
This is of course a big surprise for all of us, since the GG network is currently and by far the largest poker network in the world, it continues to grow month after month and the iPoker network has actually declined somewhat in recent years. With Ladbrokes, another large skin iPoker will also be moving towards PartyPoker in the near future.
According to pokerscout, the 7-day average of cash game games at GG is around 3,700 games and at iPoker only 900. So you can see a big difference here.
When asked why you are now leaving the ever-growing GG network in the direction of iPoker, Enlabs Poker boss Maksims Gorbacs answers as follows:
“Our interests and goals diverge. From tomorrow, several large companies will join to iPoker, which will make it larger. We were satisfied with the iPoker development plan, we see that in the near future this will give us more progress for all our brands.”
It has to be mentioned very clearly that with all the MPN skins and then also the change from BestPoker, of course, a little more momentum comes into the hut. IPoker is also known for the heavy traffic at the SNG, spins and tournaments.
Whether iPoker can go back to old times and compete with the big names in the scene may be doubted, but there is definitely potential.
What iPoker offers?
There is an advantage for regulars because they can still use a HUD there and especially SNG; Spins players have decent traffic there, which is indeed not so good everywhere. This is definitely a plus.
Due to the many large sports betting providers such as William Hill, Bet365, Boylesports etc, many weak casual players are flushed into the player pool, which is a great thing. It is doubtful whether the player pool is actually softer than GGPoker, but it is definitely playable, although there are of course big differences depending on the variant and limit.
iPoker uses very decent software from Playtech with which you can easily customize, and there is no limit to the number of tables – so this is a plus.Overall, the software from GG is definitely better, but iPoker is definitely much better for multitabling and is much more stabel on this point.
In terms of Rakeback, it is acceptable with the help of YourPokerDream, but the SBR system does not make it easier, especially for winning players and other providers are better positioned than iPoker in terms of Rakeback. Of course there is also the PVI factor in the GG network which can be compared with SBR at iPoker, but overall GG is clearly better in terms of rakeback / promotions / races.
As far as the number of players in the cash game is concerned, the GG network is miles ahead as mentioned at the beginning. The switch to iPoker is only an improvement in the SNG / Spins area.
What information is important for players?
Of course we will inform you as soon as the exact time of the change is known. All player accounts remain linked to us and the funds in the player accounts are automatically transferred. Nothing changes for the player, except that you will probably be playing in the iPoker network starting from July.
Our exclusive VIP Deals also remain and players are still entitled to participate in our 25k Main Rake Race or our other promotions such as King of the Road. Means you will have the highest possible iPoker Rakeback Deal if you want to play in the iPoker Network.
Important: All players who want to continue playing in the GG network have GGPoker and Natural8 as an alternative. Of course we will also offer you a very special deal there. Please contact our support team if you want to switch to another GG skin from July. We can also retagg existing inactive player accounts with YPD in some cases.
Statement from YourPokerDream
BestPoker is a fantastic poker site. We never had any problems and the cooperation was always very transparent and absolutely professional. For this reason, we will of course also support BestPoker in the iPoker network and recommend it to our community.