Bwin.Party to Try and Take Over the Online Poker World
Many months ago, I made a prediction that when online poker becomes legalized, Bwin.Party will become the #1 site in all of online poker.
That prediction is looking more likely than ever to come true after Bwin.party announced a partnership with MGM and Boyd Gaming that will create a new US online poker conglomerate once poker is regulated in America.
In addition, the individual casinos owned and operated by Boyd and MGM will have the ability to run their own skins using the Bwin.party network.
The deal will essentially see Bwin.party own 65 percent of the new sites that should pop up online once legislation is place.
Prior to the UIGEA, Party Poker was one of the top poker sites in the online poker world.Â Bwin has been one of the frontrunners in online poker technology and among the first to make a mac poker client available. Bwin is also at the forefront of mobile poker technology.
Admittedly, I am a slight bit biased because I have done some freelancing with the company since 2008, but even before then, Party Poker was among my favorite places to play.
Essentially, Bwin.party will have a network of poker sites ready to launch as soon as legalization kicks off.Â Just make a skin and slap the name of a MGM or Boyd property, and off you go.
Obviously there is more to it than that, but you get the concept.
Brian Balsbaugh tweeted a while ago that Bwin.Party co-CEO Jim Ryan just became the most powerful person in poker with this move. I tend to agree with this assessment.
I said a few months ago that Bwin.party might be moving to take over the online poker world. Now they just have to wait for Congress to get out of the way.