Starting today, Aug. 11, the iPoker Network will no longer be split between two tiers. The network has decided to once again combine liquidity between all of its online poker operators.
For many years, iPoker ran as one network. However, this all changed in September 2012, when the network decided to segregate many of its sit-and-gos and ring games between two different tiers. It is believed that the tiers were introduced to attempt to protect recreational players which, in theory, would help the network’s overall ecosystem while also attempting to reduce player poaching that was occurring between skins on the network. The new policy caused a few smaller skins on the network to combine with bigger ones, while some skins completely closed shop.
Since the time this measure was introduced, ring-game traffic was reduced from an average of approximately 3,000 players (which would currently be second in the world) to about 1,250 players today, according to PokerScout. Whether it was the network split, external issues such as country-specific poker regulations, or a combination of different factors isn’t known, but it isn’t difficult to imagine that today’s move of recombining the network is all about preserving the liquidity the network still has for a basis of growth in the future.
The recombining of tiers is expected to have an immediate impact for players on the network who should now see many more games available at a wide variety of stakes.