Who would have thought that just before the end of the year in 2019 there would be so much action in the poker scene?
The last 2 months haven’t been so dull in 2019. It started with the announcement that the Hall of Fame member Daniel Negreanu is now part of the GGPoker team. The gg network has grown rapidly and has become the largest poker network in the world within 5 years; even far ahead of PartyPoker / Bwin, which holds the third place, according to pokerscout. The journey of GGPoker has just begun and Daniel Negreanu is the best example of what is expected in the future.
Also, PartyPoker was in the news again in the last few days. At short notice, CoralPoker decided to switch to PartyPoker. The change itself is not really surprising, but the timing and all. And that’s not all. CoralPoker’s sister, Ladbrokes UK, announced a day later that they would also join the PartyPoker network. Ladbrokes also announced that the change will take effect in the first quarter of 2020.
For PartyPoker, this is a great thing, and automatically for Bwin, the CoralPoker / Labdbrokes are definitely two big names with an acceptable customer base. This will have a significant impact on players’ numbers and give the PartyPoker’s network a nice push. The iPoker network, on the other hand, has suffered a hard setback. It is getting tight for iPoker and such setbacks cannot be sustained.
Last but not least, the Microgaming Network (MPN) officially announced that its game operation at MPN will be discontinued on May 20, 2020. This prominent network decided to leave the poker scene due to the developments in recent years that were not satisfactory. To the many poker players, the MPN network had an excellent reputation and was very popular. For the entire poker market, this is a big decision, and lots of MPN skins have to look for a new home that significantly raises the number of players. Nevertheless, the path of each MPN skins still remains uncertain for now. But the way can only lead to the iPoker or GG network.
The year 2019 ends with some exciting news and it will be exciting in 2020!