iPoker in 2021: The Resurgence of Playtech's Poker Brand iPoker in 2021: The Resurgence of Playtech's Poker Brand

Bounty Hunter Series Returns to iPoker After Two-Year Hiatus (February 2021)

Top line: “iPoker has announced it will be bringing back its progressive knockout tournament series, the Bounty Hunter Series — a brand that has not been seen since late 2018 — to all its skins in the dot-com market this February.”

Key takeaways:

  • iPoker has announced it will be bringing back the Bounty Hunter Series, its progressive knockout tournament series.
  • This time around, there will be 83 events, with a minimum of eight events per day.
  • In 2020, the operator debuted Royal Series, another new brand — and curiously, the only series it offered all year.
  • Today, with an average of over 1000 concurrent cash game seats, network traffic is up almost double year-over-year.

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Bounty Hunter Series Deemed Huge Success on iPoker (March 2021)

Top line: “Bounty Hunter Series successfully wrapped up over on iPoker earlier this week, comfortably exceeding its €1 million series guarantee. In total, it paid out over €1.75 million in prize money.”

Key takeaways:

  • The Bounty Hunter Series successfully wrapped up over on iPoker earlier this week.
  • The knockout-exclusive festival made its return to the iPoker network after a two-year hiatus.
  • In total, the series attracted 9,474 unique players across its 83 events.

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For the First Time in Four Years, Resurgent Online Poker Network iPoker Overtakes Partypoker (March 2021)

Top line: “Online poker network iPoker has taken the third spot in the global dot-com cash game rankings, overtaking long-time rival partypoker, PRO can reveal.”

Key takeaways:

  • Revenue across the business fell 25%, and profit fell a precipitous 80%, as COVID-19 battered the retail sector of the business.
  • While all operators saw gains in traffic during the first coronavirus boom, iPoker fared better than others.
  • In 2020, it enjoyed a string of successes, starting, of course, with the closure of rival MPN and the migration of most of its skins.
  • Q1 2021 is set to be its best quarter in the last three years, exceeding even that of the COVID-19-fueled mini-boom.

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iPoker Network in Italy Extends MTT Series Until April as new Spike in Traffic Appears (March 2021)

Top line: “The iPoker network has once again brought back its flagship iPoker Series in the Italian market.”

Key takeaways:

  • The iPoker network has once again brought back its flagship iPoker Series in the Italian market.
  • It was initially scheduled to conclude on March 16, however, that has since been extended until April 4, 2021.
  • The entire series is now guaranteeing a massive €2 million across 210 events.
  • It is the third installment of the series within 12 months, as it also ran back in April and November of 2020.

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May Poker Series To Debut From iPoker (May 2021)

Top line: “iPoker will debut a new tournament festival in the dot-com market at the end of this week with the €1.5 million May Poker Series — the largest series guarantee from the growing online poker network in recent memory.”

Key takeaways:

  • A €200,000 guaranteed Main Event with multiple starting flights, is one of the biggest events iPoker has ever run.
  • For the first time, iPoker will run a flighted tournament as part of the €10,000 Champions Freeroll — open to all event winners.
  • “With an incredible prize pool on offer, a wide range of buy-ins and tournament types to suit players of all skill levels and the excitement of our flagship €200,000 main event, the May Poker Series is set to be one of the biggest events in our history,” says iPoker

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Built-In HUDs Proliferate as iPoker Becomes Fourth Online Poker Network to Release Heads Up Display (May 2021)

Top line: “iPoker has quietly added a built-in Heads-Up Display feature, dubbed Player HUD, to its poker client following its latest software upgrade.”

Key takeaways:

  • iPoker has quietly added a built-in Heads-Up Display feature — dubbed Player HUD — to its poker client following its latest software upgrade.
  • The HUD on iPoker is based on three key gameplay statistics: The number of flops seen, how good a player is running, and how aggressive the player is.
  • These stats are color-coded with a simple heat-map ranging from green to red.
  • It becomes the fourth major online poker network — after GGPoker, Run It Once, and Winamax — to release its own built-in HUD.

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iPoker Running Lucrative €60K Leaderboard Promotion for September (September 2021)

Top line: “iPoker has announced the details surrounding a new promotion aimed exclusively at cash game players, called Cash Game Races.”

Key takeaways:

  • iPoker announced the details surrounding a new promotion aimed exclusively at cash game players, called Cash Game Races.
  • The promotion will guarantee €60,000 across the month of September via six leaderboard races.
  • The promotion will run on the following iPoker skins: Betfair, Grosvenor, Coolbet, RedStar, Paf, Betfred, and PaddyPower.

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iPoker Brings Back Speed Poker, Adds Best Stack Forward Tournaments (October 2021)

Top line: “Online poker network iPoker has relaunched its regular fast-fold product, Speed Poker, replacing its progressive jackpot version of the game, Top Trumps Football Stars.”

Key takeaways:

  • Not all licensees adopted Top Trumps and, due to the progressive jackpot, it could not be made available in all jurisdictions.
  • In BSF, players can enter multiple Day 1 flights, even if they have already qualified once.
  • BSF has been offered in live tournaments for many years and it is becoming increasingly common in online tournaments.

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iPoker Reinstates its IPF Tournament Series Brand with €2.5 Million in Guarantees (November 2021)

Top line: “Tournament ambitions continue to grow at iPoker as the resurgent poker network schedules its third tournament series this year with seven-figure guarantees.”

Key takeaways:

  • Tournament ambitions continue to grow at iPoker as the resurgent poker network schedules its third seven-figure guarantee tournament series this year.
  • Kicking off December 3, €2.5 million in prize money will be awarded over a 111-event schedule, spread out across ten days.
  • The series will run under its old and simplified “iPoker Festival” moniker returning after a hiatus of three years.

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