Titan Poker has just got a whole lot bigger ahead of September 1st. That is when the iPoker Network will split its player pool into two separate groups differentiated as either top tier (IP1) or lower tier poker skins, who will find themselves banished to IP2.
Currently, the iPoker Network consists of more than 40 brands, of which the biggest by a country mile is Titan Poker, along with William Hill, BetFred and Paddy Power. However, as a press release announced recently:
“iPoker has decided to extend the network policy to include specific quality standards that would regulate the interaction between the various card rooms. Failing to meet any of these standards will cause a separation of the card room from the network main liquidity pool.”
Under the new system top tier skins will be determined by having a player base of at least 6,000 monthly active players, in addition to a further 850 new players each month. Titan Poker has already ticked all the boxes for top tier qualifications but has also been busy consolidating its A-status position by absorbing smaller skins lately, including Celeb Poker and Dracula Poker.
Celeb Poker launched in 2003 before joining the iPoker Network in 2009 and was aimed at the US market. However, the 2006 UIGEA reduced the site’s traffic to a trickle and now it is speculated that in order to keep its high end customers on the iPoker skin Celeb Poker has gone ahead with the merger. The same goes for Dracula Poker, a site which catered mostly for Hungarian and Romanian players. Now a visit to the site directs you through to the Titan Poker website, and a message which reads:
“Dracula Poker has closed its doors. Dracula Poker players are invited to join Titanpoker.com, a leading online poker room in game selection, software security and tournament prize offerings.”
Eventually, the iPoker Network segregation into “iPoker 2” and “iP1″ sub-network is likely to see a number of smaller skins disappear or merge into the bigger skins.