Independent poker site Everest Poker is planning to scrap its own software platform and move onto the iPoker Network, according to sources close to the issue.
Everest consists of two poker rooms, a small international poker room licensed in Malta and an ARJEL-licensed poker room in the regulated French market. Both have performed poorly this year, losing 30-40% of their cash game traffic in the last six months, according to PokerScout. Although the dot.FR site has held its position as the third-largest in France (ahead of PartyPoker.FR), the dot.com site has fallen behind other struggling networks like IGT/Entraction and Microgaming.
For Everest players, they will see a significant increase in game liquidity, with a lot more action across multiple games. They should also have access to iPoker’s new fast-fold poker product, “Speed Holdem.”
However, iPoker will implement its network segregation policy next month, separating the network with certain top-tier skins having access to additional exclusive tables. It is unclear whether Everest will make the cut, having to meet monthly targets for active players and new player acquisitions. Currently only five or six skins expect to be on the “iPoker2” network.
French online gaming group Mangas Gaming, which previously owned a large portion of Everest, acquired the remaining shares last month.
There are no details yet as to when the transition to the new platform will occur, and a representative from Everest was not available to confirm this report nor provide further details.