Tuesday July 23,2013 : HENDON MOB POKER PORTAL SOLD TO GLOBAL POKER INDEX
Top UK poker site and database will continue to be developed by Alex Dreyfus' latest venture
Former ChiliPoker and Winamax founder and French Internet entrepreneur extraordinaire Alexandre Dreyfus has added another acquisition to his new Global Poker Index venture, announcing Tuesday the purchase of The Hendon Mob Limited in the United Kingdom.
The consideration paid for the company has not been disclosed.
Dreyfus says that the Hendon Mob website is widely regarded as the most comprehensive database of poker players, venues, festivals, events and live tournament poker results in the world, providing information on over 250,000 players and nearly 70,000 events, and a home to the UK’s largest online poker community.
Over the last 12 years, The Hendon Mob has formed relationships with over a thousand casinos across the globe to gather results, and every year thousands of poker players collaborate with The Hendon Mob to ensure that results are accurate and complete.
“We are very excited and extremely proud to count The Hendon Mob as part of the Global Poker Index family.” said Dreyfus in his capacity as CEO of GPI, a subsidiary of his Zokay Entertainment group.
“The Hendon Mob poker database is the best in the world, without a doubt. We plan to support and grow this tremendous asset. The Hendon Mob and the Global Poker Index are a natural fit [and] as a combined company, they truly form an authoritative hub for all poker players, particularly those who compete in live events.”
Over the last year, Zokay Entertainment has invested over $3 million in building out its current products and is poised to continue further acquisitions to consolidate its position as a premier provider of poker information online, Dreyfus revealed.
He predicts that with over 500,000 visitors a month and nearly 2 million unique visitors a year, the combination of The Hendon Mob and the Global Poker Index will become the premier destination for live poker tournament information.
Barney Boatman, one of the founders of The Hendon Mob and an accomplished professional poker player, said: “With the expertise, resources and commitment of the Global Poker Index, the legacy of The Hendon Mob is safe and its future is secure. We are excited about the upcoming developments from which everyone in poker will benefit, and we will continue to give our enthusiastic support to the Global Poker Index and Hendon Mob project.”
Joe Beevers, another of The Hendon Mob founders, said that GPI was adding Hendon Mob operational staff to its payroll and will be investing to make the joint enterprise bigger and better.
Future plans for The Hendon Mob’s database include expanding to a broader range of tournaments and providing results faster as tournaments conclude. Future plans for growing the UK online poker community include the addition of leagues and other membership incentives, Dreyfus concluded.
In the past The Hendon Mob has been associated with Microgaming's former Prima poker network, Full Tilt Poker and more recently the Genting group.