3/16/10 – Online poker provider and network Ongame, a subsidiary of the Austrian listed Internet betting company Bwin, has announced the launch of its “first regional online poker network” by consolidating its seven Italian partners onto the same software to allow shared liquidity.
 
The seven companies – BetPro.it, Bwin, Casino di Venezia, Fast Poker, Ongame sister company Gioco Digitale, Gmatica and SportingBet.it – moved onto Ongame's proprietary P5 poker engine on February 23, boasting a total of 5 million players.
 
Martin Lerby, head of Ongame Network, said, “The adaptability of the P5 poker engine to power both regional and global networks is showcased by Ongame Network Italy and we continue to work closely with the Italian authorities as we prepare for the anticipated introduction of cash games."
 
Earlier this week  Isle of Man-based software provider Microgaming launched a dedicated Italian online poker network with long-time licensee Ladbrokes.
 
Ongame Network Italy offers sit-and-go, scheduled and multi-table tournaments, and intends to offer cash games when this is approved by Italian regulator AAMS.