IGT/Entraction Shutdown: RedBet Shifts To Ongame

Redbet poker, a Malta-based two-skin poker room, is supplanting the soon-to-be closed IGT Network with the Ongame Network.

The transition is expected on December 1, and Redbet told players it would continue to offer promotions such as sign-up bonuses and freerolls while it remains on IGT.

In a notice delivered this week, Redbet said it would offer a “seamless and smooth” transition.

“Our aim has always been to give our players the best poker experience available and we believe this change will improve your poker experience significantly with more action at the cash tables, bigger promotions and over $12,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools every month,” the message stated. “Your funds are of course secure and will not be affected by the change of room.”

RedBet also operates a skin on the GTECH G2 Network (aka Boss Media), which includes more than 40 skins.

Earlier this month, officials confirmed that Montreal-based Amaya Gaming would buy the Ongame network with an initial payment of €15m ($19.3m), and additional payments up to €10m ($12.9m) over the next 5 years, contingent on the regulation of online gaming in the United States.

IGT is expected to close by year’s end and direct its focus to regulated markets, such as Nevada, where the network has been approved for a lices to provide software infrastructure in online poker. The company’s poker skins received termination notices last month after IGT shuttered its offices in Stockholm, Sweden. Amaya plans for the network in the immediate future are not yet known.

With IGT skins looking to find new homes, the Redbet transition is the first confirmed pick-up for Ongame. So far, Microgaming has announced it will house both Betvictor and iGame, and Cardbet is moving to Revolution.

RedBet’s sister site WhiteBet already operates on the Ongame network. Although unconfirmed, a source has indicated that RedBet will likely consolidate after the move, and transition WhiteBet players onto the new RedBet ongame skin.