Everest Poker, which has been an independent online poker room for a long time, has decided to join iPoker Network, a move that is believed to be beneficial for both iPoker Network and Everest Poker.

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While Everest Poker is not an insignificant online poker room, it isn’t one of the top poker rooms too. Everest Poker did look as if it was on the way to becoming a top online poker room for a brief period of time. The online poker room could have joined the ranks of Party Poker and PokerStars as players were fond of it and several affiliates were promoting it. Back in 2008 – 09, Everest Poker became one of the major sponsors of the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Today, Everest Poker’s golden days appear to be over. PokerScout.com says that Everest Poker is the online poker industry’s 23rd largest online poker room, attracting a weekly average of 570 players to its ring game tables. EverestPoker.fr, meant exclusively for Everest Poker’s French players, is doing much better than EverestPoker.com. The French site occupies the 15th position and attracts a weekly average of 650 ring game players. Everest Poker, therefore, would make an excellent addition to the iPoker Network, which is the world’s biggest online poker network, attracting a weekly average of 2,800 players to its cash game tables, according to PokerScout.com. If EverestPoker.com joins the iPoker Network, its traffic will improve.

The move will also benefit iPoker.fr, a site that is not doing that well at present. The inclusion of EverestPoker.fr into the network will help rejuvenate iPoker.fr by increasing its player traffic.

Recently, iPoker Network announced that it will place its skins into two groups, iPoker1 and iPoker2, depending on their player traffic and number of new players per month. The online poker network will move some of its best skins to iPoker2, while other skins have to stay back in iPoker1 till they become eligible to be included in iPoker2. In order to qualify for iPoker2, poker rooms ought to have at least 6,000 active poker players per month and at least 850 new players registering and spending at least $5 in tournaments or cash games every month. Other criteria, such as ratio of deposits to withdrawals, will also be considered.

iPoker sites such as William Hill, Titan Poker, Poker770, Paddy Power Poker, and Bet365 will be placed in iPoker2, which will be launched on September 1.

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