Friday November 7,2014 : FORMER BODOG POKER EXEC IN NEW VENTURE
Brown Marlin Gaming Technologies set to compete in California.
Jonas Odman, the former Bodog and Ongame online poker exec widely acknowledged as one of the pioneers of the recreational – anonymous player business model now well-established in the industry, is set to compete in the hopefully emerging legalised Californian online poker market with a new company branded Brown Marlin Gaming Technologies.
Reporting on the launch of the company, the poker information site Flushdraw reveals that Brown Marlin will expand Odman's anonymous tables concept, designed to disrupt the tracking of recreational players’ betting patterns and statistics by more experienced and often predatory grinders.
"The new Brown Marlin poker software platform includes a similar family of games to those available on Bodog/Bovada, and in advance of this story’s publication, the author received unconfirmed speculation that Ödman may have obtained the source code for and is offering a variant on the Bodog/Bovada platform," respected poker journo Haley Hintze writes.
Brown Marlin confirmed at launch that its poker offerings will include Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, Fast Fold Cash Games, as well as Sit’N’Go and Multi-table tournaments.
It appears that Odman's priority at present is signing up clients for his product, logically California-licensed land gambling outfits with online ambitions should that state achieve intrastate legalization of online poker.
It's a course that still presents hazards and uncertainties, given the diversity of views and self-interest that has characterised the debate over California legalization for the past few years…and Odman's previous management position with the historically defiant Bodog could cause difficulties with the regulator.